Fishing for ideas…


Art by Michael Glenwood

I saw this painting today and I immediately felt the connection. It shows exactly how my thoughts, if not everyone’s, are created.

I always say best ideas are originated from the subconscious, since our consciousness is too busy with our reality. The trick is finding a way to reel it in. The guy fishing represents the subconscious, and the fishing pole is what anyone would use to reel the catch, the bait can be different, different baits, different ideas.

To get to the subconscious one must be isolated from the reality, my ways… my favorite baits are music and jogging, they are not the only ones, but they are more available to me, and they really help me escape my surroundings.

The fishing is on hold for me until the end of this month, my graduation is only weeks away from me, and I am in the process of releasing the paperback copy of Psychs. So until then, my subconscious would have to do everything for me, and once I have the time, I’ll try to summon him.

How would you do it?

~ A. H. Amin

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  1. The Other Side of Ugly · January 4, 2013

    Have to think about that.

  2. sakuraandme · January 5, 2013

    Hi Amin! *waving* This may sound wrong, but when I’m medicated that’s when my minds the most creative.:) I stop analyzing everything and somehow everything just seems to flow. Writing during these times can be really deep and actually really loving. Things I can’t normally say, just flow naturally. It’s like meditating, yet it’s drug induced! Hey but it’s legal!! 🙂 xxx

  3. ketch1714 · January 5, 2013

    Looking at it, I would completely agree. This painting does represent creativity. For me, my reel is merely my pen, and my bait is my journals – each carefully picked for a specific novel or series. As long as I have those items with me it doesn’t matter what environment I’m in. I can completely zone out and write.
    But I have other ways to connect with my subconscious – or maybe it’s more my subconscious connecting with me. Ideas usual just hit me at unexpected moments when I’m hiking or driving. And lately, a lot have been coming from my dreams.

  4. Thomas Delano · January 10, 2013

    I think in many cases we have to force it out – even if the metaphorical fish don’t bite, the more often we sit down to fish, the higher our chances are of catching something. To continue with the image, learning what reels our ideas in (for me, it’s a couple of beers and non-vocal music) can help drag those ideas, feelings, and memories out.

    • ahamin · January 11, 2013

      Thanks for the comment! Music is something that really can help in imagining a scene… not sure about the beer though. 🙂

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