Thinking about Thought
I like to think about thinking.
Metacognition is one of my favorite pastimes and I always assumed that others practice this, too. I recently learned that this isn’t the case when I tried to describe the process of retracing thoughts to their origins. I’m not sure if I can describe it here but I’ll try.
Have you ever reached a thought and wondered how that thought entered your mind? You begin to retrace your thinking pattern back as far as you can to reach the original thought. One notion leads to another in a chain of ideas. The chain can be very long and sometimes it’s impossible to get back to the original thought.
Stories seem to work in the same way. I am inspired to start writing because of an idea but this thought was developed from other thoughts. Sometimes the heart of the story is a byproduct of thinking processes. Occasionally, I can get back to the initial spark of inspiration. Other times I can’t.
Sometimes ideas seem to pop up out of nowhere. I expect nowhere is the subconscious. Each thought is connected to other thoughts, even though they seem disjointed.
I’m curious. Do you think about thinking? Are there patterns of thoughts that can be traced back to a certain origin? Are any of your thoughts completely unattached to others? How does thinking affect your writing.