Most people say Ideas are easy to come up with. They are a “Dime a Dozen,” to quote a cliche. However, sometimes you just get those REALLY good ones that make you get excited and say, “That’s the best idea…EVER!” But what happens when you get them while you’re at work, or driving, or doing something where you can’t access your laptop or a pen and paper to write them down? Do you just try and remember them later?
My ideas for stories and novellas come to me at different times of the day. It’s never the same. I could be in the gym working out letting my mind wonder as I’m resting between sets, driving to or from work with the radio on, or simply watching a show or movie and something about a scene really catches my attention and doesn’t let go.
I love new ideas; they always seem so powerful. Unfortunately, most of the time when these ideas come about, it’s usually when I don’t have anything to write them down with. I’ve lost SO many really neat ideas that I’ve wanted to make into a short story because I told myself I’d remember later and write it down and I never did.
So, to end this frustration, I start texting myself a brief plot of my idea. It only took a few minutes and no matter where I was (unless driving) I was able to grab my phone and text. There’s been a few times I’ve looked back and read the list of ideas and been like, “Wow, I totally forgot I came up with that.” I’m very glad I thought of this, which most people have probably already done and I’m just slow. If you haven’t though, it’s a great way to keep ideas you don’t have time to write down.
Of course, with some people the problem isn’t coming up and keep ideas. It’s actually writing them! This is a topic I’ll blog about another time.
For those who DO have trouble thinking of ideas, sub-plots, ect, check this site for great tips!
If you have your own ways you’d like to mention then please leave a comment.
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