Marcus Aurelius said, ‘The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.’
I love thinking. One of my favourite things to do is to take a ‘thinking bath’ and spend time with my thoughts letting them run loose like free range chickens around my head. I hate being rushed into making a decision without having given it the right amount of care and attention.
One of my favourite things to do as I writer is to enter a character’s head and try to work out how they think.
Here’s a writing exercise.
Take a look at Susie (as drawn by the artist Laura Knight).
How do you think she is feeling?
Is she hungry or has she just eaten? If she has just eaten, what was it? Does it satisfy her?
Look closely at her posture. Describe how her head feels as it rests on her arm.
Have a go at writing what she is thinking about.
Now imagine that Susie looks up and sees you…what does she think?
As the poet Robbie Burns said,
‘Oh would some Power the gift give us
To see ourselves as others see us.’