If you are like me, the solution to your writing conundrum usually doesn't come to you at an opportune time. For me, it is usual in the shower, while I am driving or most often, in those quiet moments just before I am about to drift off to sleep.
In those situations, and many others, its not always possible to write down your thoughts. And if you don't, you might risk losing some of the brilliance. So what do you do when that happens?
There are three things I try to do.
1. I have notebooks and writing utensils everywhere. By my bed, in the bathroom, in my purse and in the car. Everywhere. And as soon as I am able to, I write it down.
2. If I won't be able to write it down soon for whatever reason, I grab my phone and text myself. Most phones nowadays have the ability for voice recognition and I just push the little microphone symbol and record my thought and then hit send. That way it's waiting for me, when I do have time to do something with it.
3. Now, this last one, I wish I was able to do all the time, but life is a busy affair and only a few fortunate souls have this luxury. I hurry to my computer and I start writing, or if I am in the beginning stages of writing a novel, I grab my notebook. I usually fill a notebook with my first draft before I ever start it in the computer. Something about the blank page, that flashing cursor, is an inspiration killer for me. Once I have that notebook filled, and I have some meat, I can get going. I fill that blank page rapidly and out goes the intimidation.
Whatever it is you decide to do, make sure you are ready for inspiration. Because that fickle muse strikes when we least expect it.
Stephanie N. Pitman, Author
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