The Urge to Write

For the love of writing utensils

The urge to write can hit you anywhere at anytime.... get those writing utensils ready so you are well prepared!
The urge to write can hit you anywhere at anytime.... get those writing utensils ready so you are well prepared! | Source

No use fighting the urge

As a writer, we all know this sensation. The pain in our fingertips until we can finally touch the keys on the keyboard. The sting in our hands, longing for the simple touch of a pen aching for paper. It is the urge to write. An urge so strong that even with a small drink, we still want more.

This urge is indescribable. It is something we can’t get enough, nor do we care to fight it. We lust for the pen and paper; we yearn for the clickity clack of the keyboard. The tippity tap of the keys is music to our ears as the melodious thoughts pass through our head.

Yet, as most writers know, sometimes this urge to write fails us. The dreaded writer’s block has taken us prisoner. We make a date with our word processor and sit and stare. Not a single word of brilliance can we force out. We long for the words to flow and still nothing. Our mind is empty. All those wonderful thoughts meant for others to enjoy are now hidden out of sight and out of mind. We are lost in emptiness. The date has become a complete flop.

Miserable… we leave our place of writing heaven and venture on to some other project. Within seconds, the words start flowing again. The urge has returned. Yet, why is it the urge to write always comes at the most inconvenient of times.

1. While in the bathroom

When nature calls sometimes the urge to write screams out as well. Whether we are sitting on the toilet or getting ready for the day, the bathroom is the most notable place for ideas to form. Yet, it seems awkward to bring your writing utensils with you. Not to mention your hogging a room of the house others may need to eventually use as well. As anyone on the outside of the door knows, a minute is longer on the outside of the door than it is from inside. So you might want to reconsider finishing your novel inside of the bathroom.

Not to mention electronics and bathrooms don’t really mix. Now, while it might be ok and acceptable to use the hair dryer, curling iron or even flat iron while in the bathroom, I am sure the use of a laptop while sitting in the tub could only lead to an electrifying writing experience. It is probably not the best use of your bathing and writing time to combine the two activities together.

2. When company comes calling

Why is it when it would be considered rude to break out your laptop or a pad of paper, the ideas start flowing and the words are there for the writing. Maybe it is because these shy ideas only come running out when they know you have no way of catching them and writing them down.

Hours before company even walks through the door, the ideas and the words are no where to be found. Yet, the second they are there, you are stuck dreaming about your laptop and what thoughts are currently running around your head. Maybe it is something someone said to you that encouraged the thought to pop into your head… or maybe it is just because you are preoccupied and can’t get anywhere to capture that little beast. Yet, it never fails, when opportunity comes knocking, the thoughts are unable to be captured until company walks back out through that door. And when they walk out, so does the inspiration and those words you had just seconds before.

Kids Kuddle Time

There is nothing better than cuddling with your children, even if it means having to put the laptop away.
There is nothing better than cuddling with your children, even if it means having to put the laptop away. | Source

3. When cuddling your children

As a mother of a 1 year old, I already know the jealousy that comes from the closeness to my laptop. Even if my baby is no where near me, the second I open up the laptop and even think I might have a few minutes to jot down an idea, he comes running.

That is when the battle begins. He will come up next to me acting all innocent, as if he is just there to watch and cuddle. Yeah, right! Obviously the melody from the keyboard is too much for him to stand. He too must join in… and that is when my creative explosion of words turns into… awaerjoeinlakdfasskdjf… It is a frightening mix of the alphabet that causes the words to back off and run away as fast as they appeared.

As I try to encourage them to return, my child has found a new game. The one where he tries to close my laptop. There is no use in fighting this battle. The next step for my baby is to try and kick the screen. Fearing for my laptop’s life, my only choice is to shut down and return later when he is occupied with something else, preferably a nap.

Now, I don’t mind my cuddle time. In fact, it is the very best part about being a parent. Before you know it, the child will turn into a teenager and they will be wishing you wouldn’t pay an ounce of attention to them. While I do miss those ideas, I am positive I will miss the attention my child currently craves. It won’t be long until he pushes me away to my laptop. And then I will wish I would have closed my laptop and enjoyed the attention he was giving me.

4. When scrubbing the floor

This situation may seem a little odd, yet, whenever I get that bucket filled up with hot soapy water I find the ideas start flowing. But, I am otherwise consumed by the act of cleaning the house. If I run to my laptop, the ideas will still be there, but so will the bucket and mop just waiting to do their job. While I would like to say the laptop has first priority, I also prefer to live in a clean house. Therefore, those floors will need mopping eventually. Since it never fails, the sound of the mop bucket being filled will always cause an overflow of ideas, I know there is no escape. So, scrub fast and hope those sneaky ideas don’t leave. I usually find talking to myself throughout the cleaning process is a good way to keep a grip on those words so they don’t wander off.

Mopping isn’t the only problem. It happens when I am cooking, when I am doing dishes, as I am folding laundry, cleaning my room or even scrubbing the bathroom. There is just something about cleaning and organizing that has my mind wandering elsewhere. It is inconvenient, but the scrubbing and cleaning has to be done!

5. When driving

This is probably the most dangerous spot to have ideas flowing. There is no chance, and I highly recommend you do not try this while driving, that you can break out your laptop and start typing while behind the wheel. Even if I am the passenger, the car is a breeding ground for ideas and thoughts. Yet, I have a condition. I get car sick very easily. Therefore, even in the safety of the passenger seat, the car is not the place where I can get a quick writing session in.

So, if you are the driver and you find those nagging words pushing their way out, take control! Talk your way through it until you are safely stopped and can get your hands on anything that could be mistaken for a pen and a piece of paper. Napkins work good for a pad of paper and lipstick makes a wonderful pen in a pinch. If you are the passenger and you are able to write without getting interrupted by the driver or getting car sick, you are a lucky dog! I am not that fortunate. So, I must follow the same advice as if I were the driver, hoping that I can retain these ideas before they leave me again.

Oh the pain

For as long as I can remember, the urge to write comes at the most unusual and strangest times. Yet, I press on. I fight with to keep them contained. Sometimes it works and I can come out of it writing something magical that many others, or maybe even just myself, can enjoy.

Other times, the thoughts become lost. They sometimes tease me by coming back again, usually when I am in one of these previously described predicaments. I once again try to glue them into the paper of my mind. It is a constant battle. One I am sure most of us, at least those who consider ourselves a writer, fight on a regular basis. Does this give us bruises and black eyes… well, I guess that only depends on how aggressive of a writer we are.

However, the urge to write is something that lies deep inside us. It is painful and joyous all at the same time. We trek on trying to find balance; to live life and write all our ideas down in the short amount of time we have. Yet, with each experience we have, we come up with more ideas. Sometimes there are more ideas then there is time to write it all down.

Once we start writing however, the ideas slowly start to leak away. The pressure has eased… and once again I find myself looking for what’s next. Maybe I need to break out that mop bucket again.

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juliannekristine 5 years ago from Philippines

Like it.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Thank you - glad to hear it! :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Too Funny! I hate when I'm sitting in front of the keyboard and can't think of a thing to type. It always reminds me of The Shining. That doesn't help. I can imagine Max trying to smash your laptop closed:) I'm have yet to think of brilliant words to type at all - mediocre would suffice!


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

BG,

Julian is a person of few words. :0

Up, useful, awesome! You know seriously my best stuff comes in my sleep. Half my songs were written at 3am after I jumped out of bed bailing out of the middle of a dream.. The same thing happens with the political stuff sometimes. I pretty much stay lit up there though.

Good stuff my friend, the wheels were realy turning on this one. :)

jim


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I will let you in on a little secret... the inspiration to this article came when we had company over... I really just wanted to grab my laptop and start writing and I kept thinking to myself, why is it when I can't write that I want to write the most! LOL - it turned out... and I had some fun with the camera trying to make that sadistic picture of me staring at writing utensils. I had others - my husband said he liked this one the best... lol... I even put makeup on for the occasion.

As for the Shining... I haven't watched that in like forever. Maybe I need to spend some quality time with that movie only to scare myself into writing... ha ha... as for your writing... far from mediocre. Fan all the way!

Jim - I can just imagine you jumping up out of bed saying - man - I got to get this out to my peeps... lol... thanks for all the support!


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

I just noticed the shout out! You ARE an angel S. !

jim


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Aww! This is so lovely, and so true. I find that the urge to write often comes when my husband and I are talking. I find myself looking at him, trying to concentrate, but desperate to get to the keyboard to start getting those idea. Loved this hub! Funny and awesome!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh! I meant to say - I LOVE that photo - Who took it - did you really take it yourself?

When the company was over you should have just grabbed your paper and pen and gone into the bathroom;) lol

The Shining - the book is way better than the movie but it is a should see if you have nothing better to do on a dark night! I did like it - it was scary but I didn't like the female actress - can't remember her name but she looked like Olive Oil!


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Good Morning Barber girl,

This is fantastic and no writers block here on this hub..:) Very funny and true to the bone..Thank you for sharing..I have to say..the children calling you when you sit down sounds all too familiar. My grandson can be totally occupied and I think oh I can steal a few minutes in hubville and then all of a sudden he is very needy..Have a great day and thank you for making me smile.

Sunnie


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I love it! So true and funny. I have so often stared at a person while composing in my mind. I must look like a deranged kook! Thanks for the laugh this morning barbergirl.


Just Ask Susan 5 years ago

barbergirl I think all of us can relate to this article. Love how you wrote it. Ideas for me just flow when I am in the shower. Then by the time I get dried off and dressed and back to the computer for some reason I cannot remember what I was thinking about in the shower. I think maybe it is time to get those soap things you can write on the tiles with. Do they still sell those?

Up awesome and funny oh and useful too!

PS I love that picture of you and the children cuddled up.


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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

I loved this hub. There are no bounds when it comes to inspiration and writing requires inspiration and passion. I make no claims to be a good writer but it is at those times when I am most fulfilled.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

Great hub and voted up! It is so funny but really true. Sometimes I just woke up in the middle of the night, sitting in bed right away and there I have my story to write. Then sometimes, I am talking to somebody and thinking about the things I have to write. It is weird having an ideas not in the exact moment. Thanks for sharing.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim - I must be half and half - did you see the picture... all it is missing is the horns... lol

@Real - The top picture was a self potrait. I am lucky cause I have one of those big cameras and the screen on the back swivels so I can see what I am doing. However, the ones with the kids I had to request my husband take it. That irritates me - but maybe that is because I think like a photographer. Awww - precious moment - maybe I should leave my video game for 2 seconds and capture that picture... lol

I wish I would have thought about escaping to the bathroom, but I fear what they must think when I come out... lol. But I can tell you I contemplated that - or sneaking away with my laptop for a quick affair or something. LOL

@Sunnie - Ah - so I see I am not alone. I think they have a six sense when it comes to that. Mommy or Grandma has a second to herself - better go take care of that :) I dont' mind - well, until he starts kicking my laptop. Then I get mad because I don't want a foot through the screen. Have a wonderful day!

@Hyphenbird - Sometimes I wish I was a fly on the wall so I could see all the faces I make when I am thinking of something. Oh, and then you add in the graphics if I am thinking of the picture (reference the one above) I have a handful on my camera that I took trying to get that slightly psychotic look. Luckily for me, no one was around to see me do it :)

@Just Ask Susan - I am guilty of getting showered with ideas too. I can be sitting there letting the conditioner really get in my hair and suddenly I will think... I should write about a carwash for feet! LOL.. Since alot of my ideas stem from the shower I am surprised that there isn't more bathroom humor. What can I see, I try to contain my self! :)

@Fiddleman - beautifully said. When I am writing that is when I feel the most fulfilled as well. I feel a sense of satisfaction that I can't find anywhere else. If I don't get a chance to write on a regular basis, you really can tell in my mood. I get very cranky and I pace alot. Possibly because all those floating ideas can't escape.

@Thelma - Thank you so much. I have had those times when I have awoke in the middle of the night and it took every bit of me not to get out of bed and start typing, but I don't want to wake my husband up. I will sit there and repeat the idea over and over again so I can remember it the next day. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Ideas are strange creatures... they definately come when they want to! :)


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi barbergirl28, love it! so funny! my inspiration seems to come in the middle of the night, daytime would be a lot more convenient, I am going to try filling a bucket of soapy water and see what happens!!!


Lesleysherwood 5 years ago

Brilliant hub as usual Barbergirl28. What a cutie photo of you and your children. Vote UP


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Jo Frank 5 years ago

Hi barber girl...great information for me to digest as I am new to hub pages and need all the help I can get...you're an inspiration. Thanks


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - I can just imagine you backing, laptop in hand, big smile while you "excuse" yourself to escape into the bathroom to write:)

The bathroom is under rated - it is the quietest room in the house and no one follows me in that room! Lol


marellen 5 years ago

BBG....fun hub and I have the same troubles. I come up with a great idea and if I don't write it down...its gone. My problem is my cat who instance on being near me and my laptop. I can't type or move the mouse. But he is my darlin and life goes on. Fun hub...


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Hello, BBG, this article certainly helps to break up my writers block from time to time. Cred2


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

@RH - The Olive Oyl lookalike in the film, 'The Shining,' with Jack Nicholson is Shelly Duvall.

Hi, barbergirl - I enjoyed this exercise in self-induced artistic flagellation - very true to life. I once read that keeping a pencil and paper by one's bedside is a great help when you suddenly wake with an innovative inspiration. So I did. And I quickly wrote my thoughts down. It worked marvelously well. I just couldn't read what I had written when I awoke in the morning. Ah, well, no one is perfekt.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Movie Master - Night time is another trigger for me as well... it as if I should be sleeping but my mind wants to be writing...I hope the bucket of water works for you! :) Let me know!

@Lesley - thank you so much. I don't get many photos taken of me because I am usually behind the camera. That one is definately one to treasure! :)

@Jo Frank - Welcome to Hubpages! You will find it is a great community. Thanks for stopping by and if you need any help don't hesitate to ask!

@Real - Reading your comment might have possibly struck inspiration once again... We will see if I can get it to work! LOL... I agree - the bathroom is underated. Hopefully though you just use a pad and paper there or highlight notes - I would hate for it to be an electrifying writing experience!

@Marellen - Too cute - I can imagine your cat chasing the mouse on your computer.... or maybe even patting at your hands as you try to type. I am glad I only have kids and not both. We had a cat - rest his soul - but he never tormented the keyboard. :)

@Credence - I am glad you found inspiration in this and a way to break up writer's block. If all else fails - wash the floors and invite company over. In no time you will have words attacking you waiting to be written down!

@drbj - I used to do that for a dream journal. I would write my dreams down the second I woke up so that I could interpret them later. I had the same problem. I couldn't read a thing I wrote. Eventually, there was no point in the lined paper cause it just went all over the place... lol


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

Love it. I especially love the part about how the ideas will always be there, but the opportunity to cuddle your kids may not. Way to prioritize! :D And, thanks for the link, darlin'! This one definitely up, useful, and funny...and bookmarked.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Ha ha - I know - priorities - right... can I count my laptop as a kid! LOL - I think my favorite part was about the bathroom. I am thinking that I might have to take my writing into there for some peace and quiet... Real convinced me it was the only place to be! LOL

And your welcome for the link! :)


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

Lots of folks I know do all kinds of things in the bathroom...writing there would seem logical.


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

True Story:

Twas a long time ago, when the man with no pants was only a boy with no pants. My second youngest aunt married a fellow who liked to drink and stay out. I come from a family of strong people. The women are just as tuff as the men. Beautiful, but tough. It seems my uncle John came home one night about 3 am drunk. He came into the bedroom where my aunt Janet was sleeping. He then pulled out his thing, grabed her by the hair and said ".... it baby!" My aunt was fully awake by this time, and said ..Sure, give it here." grabed it and gave a severe yank almost tearing it completely off. It had to be surgically put back together.

The reason I bring up this embarrising family tid bit is this .. I keep looking at that picture of you and getting chills BG. I've always thought this is what my aunt must have looked like as she dis jointed uncle John with that famous yank. Aunt Janet passed away about a year ago, but Uncle Limpy passed away long before that. I just wanted to share that with you. I couldn't stand it anymore.

jim


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

That doesn't sound very nice, Jim...


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Sweet BBG - a million and one things could go through my mind about what you could be thinking - they would probably all be wrong:)!!! That's a good thing - I can't wait to see what you mean. I think it's great fun to get hub ideas from each other! So fun.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Jim - your aunt MUST have been strong!


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C-Bless 5 years ago from Canada

Well written and a joy to read. Inspiration comes to me while I'm in full powerwalk mode (could it be the oxygen in the fresh air travellling to the brain?). So now, I carry pen and paper on my walks. I've also have blank pages stuck to a bathroom wall cause I do get ideas as well while completing nature's call.

Barber, your hub was a hoot. Thank you for getting past writer's block and sharing...


Poetic Fool 5 years ago

I have a long commute to and from work each day and this is when I get a lot of my ideas. It was frustrating not being able to make notes safely. That is until I discovered my smartphone has voice recorder feature that can be activated by voice commands. It's worked out great for me.


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Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

The way you described things in this hub is pretty cool.

I have a hard time thinking of what to write in my hubs when I'm at the keyboard so I just get a pad and pen. For some reason things come to me better like that.

This is one hub everyone can identify with.

Nice hub BBG.


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Motown,

I know, It sounds terrible. Aunt Janet actully didn't care for people very much. She was very fond of animals though ,, ANY animals. Actually, she had a big heart, I guess you could say my family never looked for trouble, we have always been known for sharing and helping, but you've got to be crazy to start trouble with us. My grand father taught us to respect people, but never let anyone disrespect us. Uncle John was disrespecting my aunt. He eventually got full use of his boy, and went on to make my cousin "Little John." But he never drank, and never disrespected my aunt again after that.

jim


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

HAHAHA! I'm so glad he recovered, Jim. It's okay. We've all got a line someone ought not cross. Good thing he figured out how to stay on the right side of Aunt Janet's. :D


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Mo - hmmm... what kind of folks are you hanging out with? Should we be concerned.... lol... but, if everybody is for writing in the bathroom - why not! LOL


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim, I am sorry, but I chuckled a little at your families misfortune... but not because of what happened, but more because I am picturing it in my head... and... well, if you were in my head you would probably be laughing at my vision alright! While I feel horrible about what happened to your uncle... I am keeping the picture up! Ha ha ha ;)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Mo - that is just downright scary. Yikes!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - where is the ESP? I thought we were soppossed to be practicing or something.... shouldn't you know what I am thinking... ha ha - maybe if I get a chance I will write it up quick tomorrow. I am sure it will be a good laugh. I have a few ideas floating around, so let's see which one we get to first.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@C-bless - have you ever thought of a voice recorder for your powerwalks. That might be a great way to write down your thoughts without having to walk and write at the same time. I do love the idea of paper on the bathroom walls. I am envisioning a whole bunch of post it notes all over the place! :) Glad you enjoyed this! It was definately fun to write and make me see where I am when my ideas hit!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Poetic Fool - That is awesome. I never thought of checking my Blackberry for that tool. I bet it even works with a blue tooth so it is like the hands free recording. Now all they need is a way to plug your recordings into your computer and have them type it out for you! If only, but then most of the work would be done for us! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Daffy Duck - I can go both ways. For some reason, if I am brainstorming ideas - I need the good old fashioned pen and paper - I also need it for composing poetry. Yet, for the majority of my hubs, I work better typing. Maybe because I can type so fast, I can keep up wiht my thoughts better. Although, since I don't write with pen and paper as much anymore, I tell you, my handwriting has become horrible!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - I actually have a good idea - I have 3 children too:)! Am I warm?


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim, I just have to ask... Did they actually stay married after that? If I did that to my husband... and to be clear - I would never... I am pretty sure I wouldn't have survived - drunk or not. That is pretty crazy, but yeah - there are lines no one should ever cross?

@Mo - it almsot makes me wonder what other people's breaking points are... lol... that is some crazy stuff!


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

No, Uncle John moved back to Lousiana a few years later.

Hey, I just published one. Cool if I pimp? I'll take that as a yes. You're awesome S.

jim

http://hubpages.com/literature/The-Warrior-And-The...


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - not even close! LOL


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim, you were no pants... doesn't that make me the pimp.... lol

Ha ha - sorry - couldn't resist! Pimp anytime!


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

You know I think you're right. Man, I'm lovin that!

jim


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Shoot - I told you I'm telepathetic:(. However - I did predict my guess would be wrong.....so it just proves that your mind is unreadable! Are you wearing that foil hat? You are! You're trying to trick me!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Ha ha ha - finally - someone thinks that I am right and not just write! That deserves a cyber high five!

Real, you are right... I have been wearing my foil hat ever since you wrote the paranoid hub... I don't want to take the chance of someone getting in my head! LOL


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epigramman 5 years ago

..well anyone who can write a hub as spectacular as this one will receive the royal endorsement from the epi-man and I will 'follow' you until you decide to put down your golden pen - which I hope is never !!!!!!!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Well get comfy with that hat:)!!!


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epigramman 5 years ago

...and I am also posting this wonderful hub subject to my Facebook page with a direct link back here because more people gotta see and read this - in one made-up Epi word : hubawesome!!!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

Writing is a creative activity and anything creative will always be the activity of choice unless of course we have lost the creative impulse or it has been beaten out of us or bored to death by our teachers in school. In which case writing or art would never cross our minds and we end up on autopilot all day only waking up to go to sleep! A great hub showing how creative you are.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Brilliant hub which I am voting up all the way.

I am glad that I came accross you on here and I now look forward to reading many more hubs by you.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@epigramman - Thank you so very much. I will never put down the golden pen so you will have your work cut out for you! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I ain't going to lie - it is a little itchy... lol


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Spirit Whisperer - oh a world without creativity and art would be a sad sad world. I don't think I could survive on autopilot. I need to write, even if it is just little phrases here and there. Creative writing is my very favorite thing to do. I tried doing the technical stuff and it just doesn't work for me! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Eidden - Thank you very much. I look forward to the interaction. Besides writing, that is what I enjoy the most. These comment sections take on a whole life of their own.


c=bless 5 years ago

Barber ... I'm bombarded with ideas only when I have pen and paper; voice recorded on my powerwalks brings on writer's block ... go figure! Hhhmm - thought just came: carry pen, paper, voice recorder. Eureka!!!


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

BBG,

I totally understand "the urge to write." I am mostly attacked by the urge when I am driving and secondly, when in the shower. Great hub! Great comments!

Sharyn


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Sharyn - I fear the urge to write is almost like an addiction... once you get a taste... you want more and more and more. The only thing that keeps coming to mind is "Water water everywhere but not a drop to drink!" Like when your in your car, definately not advised to start popping out the laptop and writing. Or the shower for that matter... :)


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ahorseback 5 years ago

Barbergirl , This is cute and the cuddle picture , heavenly! I bought a small digital recorder and often grab it while driving and blurt a one liner or two , I really hope no one finds it , I sound like such a dork! But it works , I have forgotten more than I written .....awesome hub!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Funny that you say that... I got a recorder... now the batteries are dead. I wonder if it saved all my stuff even after the batteries were dead. However, I spoke the phrases and never replayed them back... Alot of good that did me! LOL


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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

A good and quite an informative article you shared in here. I can see myself possessing that urge to write.


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sean kinn 5 years ago from Key West and Budapest

My best ideas usually arrive during or after some sort of cardio (long walk). I use cell phone text messages to capture the thoughts as they pop out. Great Hub. Keep up the good work. Sean


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sean kinn 5 years ago from Key West and Budapest

Great self-portrait, too!


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auntypeanut 5 years ago from Melbourne

When I'm sleeping, gosh it's cruel.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Sun Girl - The urge to write can strike anywhere.... you better watch out! LOL


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Sean - that makes me remember how whenever I want to remember something I just send my husband random text messages. That way not only does he have it but I keep a copy too... I wonder what he would do if I suddenly start texting him all my writing ideas. :)

Thanks for the compliment on my self portrait... My husband says its scary! LOL


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Auntypeanut - that is probably the worst time for it to strike. Now resisting the urge and staying in bed is equally as hard! :)


Lisa Mae DeMasi 5 years ago

ha! I've been writing a memoir for more than two years now. I started after I was fired from my last corporate job-the CEO's hubby got laid off from ABC Widget and they felt compelled to give him my job. Anyway, I dove into writing about my life experiences-car accidents, soul searching, marriage, divorce, last of sex etc- and have come to this conclusion about writing: It can fuel you, gratify you and it can kill you. I'm with ya sister!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lisa Mae Demasi - that is wonderful that you are writing a memoir. It sounds like you have quit a few experiences that would make for a delightful read. And I love your feel for writing... it can fuel you, gratify you and it can kill you! I hope you find a way to incorporate that into your memoir! :)


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cyoung35 4 years ago from Corona, CA

This is so true and I never have a writing utensil available when I get a great Idea in my head. Writing does not come naturally to me and I seem to have to work on it more than most. my question is, how do you get your thoughts in your head down on paper in the same way you're thinking about them. In my writing sometimes my writing doesn't express what I was thinking in a clear manner to the reader. how do you overcome this?


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@cyoung35 - Oh I hate the problem of writing utensils. When I am not looking for one... it seems they are all over the place and in abundance... when I need one, they are never to be found. It must be a conspiracy.

And that is an awesome question. I have a couple of different methods that I use. I might sketch out the idea on paper so I can think it through in my head. Unfortunately, I type faster so that is only the true way to get it down. However, I have also used a recorder to actually speak what I am thinking. These are the two methods that I have used. And sometimes I just free write. My thoughts get sloppy though so it sometimes doesn't translate nicely. The final product isn't always the same. :)


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cyoung35 4 years ago from Corona, CA

Thank you, I'll have to try the recording idea but as far as typing faster I'll need a bit more practice...lol

BTW...Corona, CA Here...We're practically neighbors.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@cyoung35 - I was a photojournalist in the army. While I have always had decent typing speed, when I did it everyday for almost 8 hours a day I found my handwriting really began to suffer. Now I do most stuff online and writing a note seems to be a pain. I just can't write legible fast enough! LOL - Keep writing and before you know it - you will be typing up to 120 words per minute as well. That is about how fast I can go but I will admit it goes slower depending on if I am thinking as I type or if I have something set in stone and I am just no brain typing!

Corona you say - I am up in the Riverside area all the time because that is were family lives. We are basically neighbors... well in California terms anyway :)


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Up, funny and awesome ... I knew it was going to be good as soon as I saw the photo lol. The line "that is when my creative explosion of words turns into… awaerjoeinlakdfasskdjf" made me laugh.

Thanks for SHARING.


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nifwlseirff 4 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

Inspiration hits at the worst of times -- often it's in the middle of cooking or baking, right when I can't drop what I'm doing. Voice recorders may rescue a few situations, but definitely not when friends are around! Awesome and hilarious!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Brett - You nailed it on the head. That is my favorite part of this as well! LOL Thanks for stopping by!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@nifwlseirff - I agree - voice recorders probably wouldn't be ideal if you are surrounded by people. Although - can you imagine the reaction that you get. Or maybe you could do your shopping and speak into a voice recorder! It would be even funnier seeing people react to what you are doing when they don't know you. But yes - sadly, inspiration will probably always hit at the worst of times. I guess it is just a fact of being a writer. Thanks for stopping by!


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia

This is great! I tend to be inspired when I'm in the shower. Usually I just try to remember my ideas, but keeping a notepad and pen right outside of the shower might help me. Haha; I can't imagine having my laptop in the bathroom! I voted this hub up and awesome. :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Ebower - lately my urge comes late at night when I am suppossed to be sleeping. We all know that doesn't work well. I got up once because I couldn't sleep and then my husband got angry because I got out of bed. I ended up not using the creative juices because that kind of spoiled it... just wish the urge to write wasn't coming so late at night! :)


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cyoung35 4 years ago from Corona, CA

I'm the same way...when the house gets quiet and all the lights are turned off the ideas start popping into my head. It's hard to sleep sometimes and the only cure is to get up and write. Sometimes I'll sit at my computer during the day and I'll be blank...it's frustrating at times.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@cyoung35 - I hear you on that one... and then with the heat in Cali this summer it has made it even harder to concentrate. Ok - so I guess I could put on the air but hey - starving artist over here! So it's best just to go for a swim! :) I hear you on the frustrating part. And they wonder why a writer never sleeps!

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