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Doreen Lucky says
I've had that happen too. Makes it hard to pay attention to the person talking..
I love it molometer! I have just recently started carrying my camera for the same reason. Like you, I always have a notepad and pen close. I have also started using my phone to jot notes and the voice recorder to record those sudden, random ideas.
Back in college, my writing professor suggested that we do exactly this and to learn to write in the dark. Turning on a light actually causes us to forget our dreams instantly.
dohn there's a technique you can use to program yourself to remember your dreams
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Melissa Flagg says
Wow..I get that whole organizing thing. I read once that people who have a lot going on in their heads, need their environment to be neat and orderly, otherwise, they can't think clearly.
Indeed! We had so much clutter everywhere when I started writing that I just couldn't think at all. So I rearranged my whole living room and made a small "office" so that I could write "officially." It really made a huge difference!
Organizing completely does it for me - and best of all, the end result is a clear, calm space in which anyone would be happy to work! All those birds with just the one stone! Or something slightly less grizzly...
lol I totally agree buckleupdorothy! My desk is actually right next to my husband's, and there is a VERY stark difference between my nice clean desk and his cluttered one! My desk is very calming, and its actually hard to think next to his! lol
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Sid Kemp says
Ha! I agree.. I end up disgusted/angry/dumbfounded, every time I watch television. I also think running would give you a good chance to let your mind reflect on different things and come up with great articles..
Miche Wro says
I get that completely Michememe. I am often inspired by what I read here on HubPages.
Rod Marsden says
I can kind of imagine that, Rod. I would love to ride trains but we don't really have a passenger train system in Kansas City. Well, not the kind you ride to work, anyway.
Catherine Kane says
I know exactly what you mean. I was saying earlier, I've taken to using my phone to record ideas while I am driving - when that one stroke of brilliance hits me - and I know if I don't record it- I will forget it forever.
I actually carried a tiny taperecorder for awhile, for when I was struck with original tunes
and I'm still waiting for them to come out with waterproof paper for the shower
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I feel the same. After my kids finally grew up and left home.. I had all this quiet time and I could finally listen to those answers in my subconscious.. I know exactly what you mean.
I agree Walkingwithhim, I can write any place at any time but a quiet location helps.
Ryan McDonough says
Same here.. when I look at my notes or listen to my recording.. sometimes I think.. "What was I thinking??" ..I've lost the inspiration for that moment but sometimes it comes back.
Chantele Cross-Jones says
I'm not sure if I qualify as an insomniac or I just lack the discipline to go to bed ..when I get there, I sleep like a corpse. Getting there.. whole 'nuther story. :)
Dave Henderson says
Same here, dmhenderson. I do get plenty of inspiration when reading.
Marc Woodard says
Exactly! I have been trying- but feel kind of stupid doing it- to record my ideas on my phone..
Chris Mills says
Exactly! I've been promising myself I'd get to bed before 1 AM for many years.. If I'm up.. I'm writing.
Almost two years later... I find the more I write the more what you said is true. If I schedule time to write and site down to start it, I sometimes have to force it out and then I get more inspired as I go.
Marwan Asmar says
How many times have I promised myself I would remember an idea later - and didn't write it down!! Ugh..
Ian D Hetri says
Mine usually starts before 4 AM but when it hits.. I am still up at 4 writing until I get it edited, re-written, edited again and finally- sleep!
Scott Biddulph says
I get that swb78.. for me, I am more inspired when joyful. When I'm suffering, my mind is too distracted.
I get that.. and isn't it satisfying to get it all down in writing? It can release a lot of stress.
Same here.. notebook always close..
Haha.. this one made me laugh! Is your Zombie story published? I'd love to read it!
Roberta McIlroy says
Do you get up and paint/write? That happened to me once with a website.. waaaay before I had any websites.. I got up, logged on, found GoDaddy and it began.. I've never looked back.
Yes, I do! I have been found many times painting or writing at 2 - 3 a.m. or so. My family thinks I am nuts for doing stuff at that hour. But, if you don't do it when that inspiration hits you, then you may miss out on something great!
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M K Paul says
Nice to have a built-in fan base M K! My husband also inspires me.