Every seasoned writer knows they simply must have a way to capture new ideas when they strikes. We know if we don’t, the idea is likely to float out of our head, perhaps never to return.
Of course, I don’t always follow my own advice. Yesterday I was on the phone with my Accountability Partner. At some point during the conversation an idea for a post for this blog arrived. It was clear, almost completely formed and I knew it would be both a cinch to write and helpful to my readers.
I could have written it down when it showed up. I didn’t. The idea seemed so strong in that moment or two. Besides I was either talking or listening to my friend.
I suspect I could have written that wonderful idea down after I hung up from the phone call. In fact, I thought I had.
I also maintain a word file on my computer’s desktop called Blog Ideas. It’s got three pages of ideas, some of which I’ve already written about (I draw a line through those rather than deleting them becuase I know many things can be rewritten to good effect) and many I haven’t.
If I wrote this now missing idea either I don’t recognize it or I neglected to save the file.
Maybe that glorious idea will come back all on it’s own or maybe it really is gone forever, or maybe it will come back and I won’t recognize it as the missing idea but think it’s new all over again. Meanwhile, consider this a cautionary tale and make sure you have a way to capture ideas.
How do you capture your ideas?
Write well and often,
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