Monday, May 6, 2013
Write in Your Head
How do you write?
On paper and computer screen, on salvaged envelopes, and post it notes - anything that provides a flat surface long enough to record a thought, right?
Have you ever considered how much writing happens in your head?
Yes, I know; it all starts there.
A deadline's looming. An ongoing project needs tweaking. A great idea blossoms. And the wheels are turning. This is a good thing, but...
You're doing the laundry. Or at a baseball game. And you cannot immediately record your thoughts. This is when you write in your head.
But what do you do? Hope you remember?
I don't know about you, but there is no off switch for my brain. It doesn't care what I'm doing, it just cranks out ideas. And before I know it, I have a paragraph written in my head. So I've learned to keep pen and paper handy everywhere, from in my purse to the nightstand. The recording features on my cell phone and MP3 player come in handy too.
Noting thoughts must wait, of course, when we're driving or white water rafting. So we trust that we'll retain those ideas for later, yes? And so it goes in the writer's life. :)
How do you handle this kind of head writing? What's the most unusual place a great idea has hit you?
P.S. Hope you can join me next Monday when author Ann Gabhart stops by. Have a great week!
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