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How to Capture Your Ideas

24th July 2013 Posted in Blog, Writing 0 Comments

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If you’ve been the type of writer who never has an idea, then you need to change the way you look at creativity.  While you already know this, creativity isn’t always something you can summon on demand.

Even the best writers may not have had their best ideas when they wrote them down.  But what does that mean?

Let’s think about the last time you had a great idea. Maybe you were at a restaurant and a conversation reminded you of something that you wanted to say in your writing.

But when you got home, you couldn’t remember what the creative insight was.  You couldn’t remember what your brilliant idea was. You shake your head and wonder why you can’t remember this flash of writing perfection.

Instead of hoping creativity shows up when you need it to, start collecting your creativity when it decides to grace you with its presence.  (And when you do, creativity might come to visit more often, as it knows it’s welcome.)

Here are just a few ways to capture brilliant ideas the next time they come to light:

  • Always carry a notepad and a writing utensil
  • Use a note application on your smart phone
  • Leave voicemail messages for yourself

Collect your ideas so you can come back to them later, when they’re needed and when you’re stuck.  You always have ideas, and now you will have them ready for your next moment of stuckness.

What additional ways have helped you capture your ideas when they struck? Please leave a comment, we’d love to hear them.

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