The Notebook: A Writer’s Secret Weapon
It was brilliant. Wonderful. Gripping. Succinct. And, sadly…gone as quickly as it had arrived.
Because I didn’t follow the advice I’d read in so many “how to” writing books. You know, the ones about keeping a notepad in every conceivable place possible – on your night stand, in your car, in your purse, in the kitchen, next to the toilet (okay, maybe not there – though some of my best thinking happens in the shower, so maybe it’s not such a bad idea).
Even when I’m thinking through a magazine assignment, more often than not, the opening line pops up when I least expect it. During one article assignment, I was cooking dinner and literally ran to the computer monitor, stirring spoon in hand, to jot down the words that had magically appeared – before I forgot them.
So, you see, I should have known better during my ah-ah movie moment, and should have walked the ten steps to my desk, ignoring the voice of ‘reason’ that said, “Surely you’ll remember those words that were delivered so effortlessly to you.” I didn’t.
Maybe this doesn’t happen to everyone, but my creative muse seems to speak at the most inopportune times. Maybe it’s the creative mind’s way of keeping us on our toes? Or maybe I just need to heed the advice that so many have given before, carrying my little notebook – or notebooks – everywhere I go.
What will you do if a napkin, book of matches, a pen, your cell phone, iPod or laptop, aren’t available when inspiration strikes?
Probably the same as me… wonder, wonder, wonder, what could have been.
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