Learning In The Flow
True story. For several years, I commuted to work with public transportation. It took about 25 minutes and 10 stops to get to Center City, Philly. It was the same routine every single day; except, one day. I was working on a screenplay at that time and somehow this idea hit me while sitting on the train. I opened my laptop and started writing the scene. It was crystal clear what the character does, how the plot thickens, etc., I just had to write it down. I failed this scene many times before, which resulted in so many rewrites.
I always had this inner critic in my mind constantly blowing holes in my writing abilities. But this time it flowed. It took a couple of minutes to get it all out of my head and into the script. I looked up to check on the stops. I had missed mine. How was this possible? Did I just lose 20 minutes without realizing it? I had to get off and wait for the next train in the opposite direction.