I’m often curious how people come up with ideas. As writers, we are always having to come up with new ideas, whether it is for a regular column, series of articles or character development for a book. So I ask people how they do it, and most people tell me their best thoughts occur when they are doing something mundane. For one friend it is cleaning the house. For another it is driving. Okay, driving probably shouldn’t be considered a mundane task, but when you’re on the highway with the cruise control set and have a long drive ahead of you your mind wanders. I’ve heard of people waking up with a brilliant idea. They keep a notepad by their bed so they can jot it down right away. Me personally? I agree that driving has given me my share of ideas. Quite often, however, my greatest moments of clarity come when I’m cleaning stalls – a mundane task to be sure – and walking the dog. Whatever works for you, the key is that we are not overwhelmed by outside stimuli. As we go through our daily lives, we are constantly being bombarded by noise, ads, demands from others, the list goes on and on. When we get away from that and do something like mop the floor, our conscious mind tends to go on autopilot and it allows our subconscious to creep in. So the next time you have to come up with a brilliant idea, go do something mundane and see what magic is created.