“The Think Tank” — Why I Get My Best Ideas From Sitting On The Toilet

Joe Garza
3 min readApr 29, 2019

Learn how to let your inspiration flow like diarrhea with this weird technique.

It’s taken as a matter of course in various artistic circles that analyzing one’s own creative process is a great way to kill it.

I disrespectfully disagree with this notion.

Analysis paralysis is certainly a real threat to productivity, but I view it as a temporary condition, one that any creative practitioner can learn to fight off.

The primary benefit of defining the motivating factors in one’s creative process is the ability to replicate those conditions that are conducive to craftsmanship, especially when one is feeling less than inspired.

And so, I’d like to present to you one my personal founts of literary stimulation:

The Toilet.

I know it sounds ridiculous, but I assure you, I’m being quite sober.

Read to find out why the ol’ pisspot is so crucial to my process of creating belles-lettres.

Being On The “Commode of Creativity” Means Less Time Spent Staring At A Blank Screen

Writers know the feeling — gazing at a faceless flat surface and wanting a masterpiece to suddenly appear simply by thinking it, only for that white abyss to do nothing but peer into your fraudulent soul doesn’t exactly get those creative neurons firing.

However, I’ve found that removing myself from my stifling desk and into the hallowed halls of my powder room allows my brain to take a breath from constantly running on the writer’s block treadmill and to just think as if no one’s watching.

And no one IS watching.

Despite what you may have heard on the internet, my brain is NOT an exhibitionist.

There Are No Distractions In The “Outhouse Of Solitude”

Being in the bathroom means being away from such trifles as phones ringing, dogs barking, or milkmen knocking on the door demanding to be paid.

And that means the ol’ thinkin’ bone has a chance to run free, wild, and undisturbed like…