Life in progress

#SoCS – Unpacking a Thought


There are many ways to go about unpacking a thought or a problem. Some people find walking or exercising helps to clear the mind and open it up to new ideas. I get so many solutions in the shower for my problems when I come across them in my fiction writing, that by rights, I should be the cleanest person in Canada.

But often, when it comes to other issues I need to solve, writing is the best way to unpack what I’m trying to get at. The root can often be found by just spelling out the problem.

Sometimes a list can help, showing me from one step to the next how I can get from A (the problem) to Z (the most positive outcome).

Other times just this: stream of consciousness. You have to wonder what lives inside of our brains that just needs a little nudge to get out. Even memories of what worked before that we’ve long forgotten. They’re there, just buried by all the stress of what we NEED to remember on a daily basis, rather than the things that seem less important. Until they become important.

I have a feeling I’m going to look at this post later and cringe, so I might not reread it at all.

A glass or two of wine will do that.

Speaking of memories … I have no idea why, but I thought tonight of the first time I ever heard Enya. Her song Exile was in the movie L.A. Story. Such a beautiful song. Have a listen.

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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

19 thoughts on “#SoCS – Unpacking a Thought

  1. Walking works well for me – we’re also on a water meter so staying too long in the shower is a non starter.


  2. A haunting song. I can relate to your ‘unpacking’, I do it through writing as well!


  3. I love the feeling when my brain is being unpacked. It’s like it’s reorganizing and making room for more.


  4. I am always in a rush in the shower, so there’s no time to think about anything. We had Enya’s Caribbean Blue as one of our wedding songs.


  5. I’d like to unpack my brain but I am on a water meter!
    Don’t know the film but love the song I have most of Enya’s music💜


  6. Shower is a wonderful place for new ideas and so is a walk, or the worst is just before nodding off to sleep because it would be a brilliant idea and would be gone in the morning, without leaving a trace.

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  7. I can relate with getting ideas in the shower, haha!


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