Ponder This! Word of the Day
In these days of SMS-constrained profundity, ratiocination is likely to become a lonelier word than it already is; most folks regard it as an elegant variation for thinking or reasoning, which require fewer keystrokes. Back in the day, however, ratiocination had a somewhat higher profile: J. S. Mill and others held that the word is usually limited to necessary reasoning, while Cicero applied the Latin ancestor of the word to probable reasoning.
It is indeed necessary to start a writing day with ‘necessary or or probable reasoning’, Thinking through what a character will do today in your story in a logical, sensible way might help or maybe you should just let him/her ‘do their own thing’, taking the plot where he/she wants it to go, yes that’s the way I think, though not very logical (and not very reasoned!). The structure of the story, plot, sub plots, threads, certainly need the logical, sensible reasoning, which is best done lying in bed I think or in the car when driving up to Fort William (about 35 miles). I’m a third through the third book (is that a milestone?) and now have more time (no tourists!) to ‘let rip’ with my characters. I’m taking one of them into Glasgow (in my mind) today for a good bender (no, it’s not me!) to exercise some ‘stream of consciousness’. I’ll apply some reasoning to this, then just let him do his own thing and see where it goes (wish I was going with him!).
Have a good day yourself. Try some ‘necessary reasoning (mindfulness?)’.