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Lightbulb moments are those flashes of inspiration that come in the shower or at odd times of the night. They are precious for authors and can generate whole books.
So how can we have more of them? I interview Tom Evans about his latest book, The Art and Science of Lightbulb Moments. The video is at the bottom of the post.
In the intro, I get excited about JK Rowling getting into self-publishing and how brilliant John Locke's new book is on how he sold 1 million books on the Kindle. Plus, Pentecost June figures top 2000 – very encouraging for a first novel!
Also, if you fancy trying your own podcasting, I am teaching a webinar with BookBuzzr on Fri 22 July – if you register you can also get the recording. I have found podcasting to be one of the most important things for the growth of this blog and the extension of my social networking into the ‘real' world. Talking on the phone/video Skype instead of just tweeting has been brilliant. I highly recommend it, so click here if you're interested in the podcasting webinar.
In this interview, you will learn:
- What is a light-bulb moment anyway and why is it important?
- How do we get into the right head-space for facilitating these moments? There are many ways – in the shower!, getting out into nature, meditation, mind-mapping, collaboration, trial and error (like Edison), set out with the intention to receive, experiencing other things that spark ideas, being places with a new energy, getting away from a normal pattern – even commuting a new way to work, walk and look up and outwards
- On the collective consciousness, the super-conscious and some models for understanding the phenomenon of lightbulb moments and ideas. How thoughts could be considered in the cloud that we can receive from and if we use the idea, it is ours – if we don't, it goes back out there.
- On the importance of breathing and how it fuels light-bulb moment.
- On actualising the lightbulb moments and how you need to take tangible actions to make them into reality
- Mindmapping and how it mirrors how the brain works. It keeps the left brain, logical side happy with the mapping and allows the right brain to imagine and produce. It helps with producing random associations that can be original and creative. Here's my own take on mind-mapping.
- On speaking your writing and incorporating your whole body into your writing. Focus on breathing.
- On getting rid of writer's blocks – Tom and I did a whole podcast on writer's block – click here to check it out.
- On cycles of nature and how you can use them for creation and then reflection. Daily cycles and lunar cycles and how that affects energy. (Although of course, sometimes you just need to sit down and do the work!)
He also has some free audios – getting in the zone and quietening your mind.