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Creativity comes to different people in different ways. I’ve always gotten some of my best ideas while taking a shower. That’s where the idea for the bestselling Bake, Love, Write:105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing came to me. When I first approached other authors, asking them to participate in the project, many told me that they, too, often got their best ideas while in the shower.
Coincidence? Or is there a scientific basis for this phenomenon? It turns out the latter may be the case. Hansgrohe, a German fixtures manufacturer recently surveyed 4,000 people in eight countries. 72% of the respondents said they had gotten new ideas while in the shower.
The company sought the input of cognitive psychologist and creative thinking expert Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D. According to Dr. Kaufman, showers can enhance creativity by encouraging contemplation: “The relaxing, solitary and non-judgmental shower environment may afford creative thinking by allowing the mind to wander freely, causing people to be more open to their inner stream of consciousness and daydreams.”
So the next time you’re stuck for an idea—whether you need a plot for your next book or the perfect gift for that hard-to-shop-for friend or relative—hop in the shower.
Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing
What do most authors have in common, no matter what genre they write? They love desserts. Sweets sustain them through pending deadlines and take the sting out of crushing rejection letters and nasty reviews. They also often celebrate their successes—selling a book, winning a writing award, making a bestseller list, or receiving a fabulous review—with decadent indulgences. And when authors chat with each other, they often talk about their writing and their lives. Recipes. Writing. Relationships. In this cookbook 105 authors not only share their favorite recipes for fabulous cakes, pies, cookies, candy, and more, they also share the best advice they’ve ever received on love and writing.