Aaron Sorkin, who wrote many famous movies gets through his blocks by taking five or six showers a day. The water eliminates the sounds and he can get in a dreamy mood, where the ideas come from.
Jonathan Franzen, when he wrote The Corrections, would type in the dark, wearing ear plugs and a blindfold. That’s how he blocked out anything but his imagination.
Pete Hamill who wrote for the Village Voice, needed to clear his mind, so he would think about the story he wanted to write, lying down, and he fell asleep or passed out as he put it and when he awoke he had the energy to work on the story, The day’s news writing did not appear once he fell asleep.
Paul McCartney woke from a dream with the music of Yesterday in his mind. He wrote the words when he got up.
Wordsworth would go for long walks. He often stayed at water’s edge watching the water flow. His best poems came from these walks.
I just wrote an ad. Let go and the images came to me. Revised it a couple of times, and it flowed while I was drinking coffee. I am reading a book called The Eureka Factor by John Kounios and Mark Beeman. These ideas come from that book.
I am not dreaming these days and I will look at my dream books to remember my dreams.