Sitting by an open window as an act of creation

Daphne du Maurier, from Myself When Young: The Shaping of a Writer

“I sat by the open window at Neuilly, and gave my thoughts up to complete negation of active thinking, which is what I subconsciously call working. Some weeks hence the ideas that come into my head without my knowledge will begin to open and unfold, like the leaves on the trees here that have begun too early. Creation is the same in every way.”

Du Maurier's creative strategies must have worked. If you've never read Rebecca (1938), consider adding it to your reading list for one of those times you need a great classic mystery. In 1940, it was made into an Academy Award winning movie by Alfred Hitchcock and starred Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontain. The BBC remade the movie in 1978 starring Jeremy Brett, Joanna David, and Anna Massey. I enjoyed the BBC remake more than the original but I highly commend them both--and the book--to you.