Sometimes, my inspiration comes at 2 AM and I find myself up 'til 4 getting that story on paper or screen. Other times, by 11 PM, my mind has shut down and I can barely remember why I love to write. Those 2 AM sparks often require drastic changes or complete removal after I wake up later that day. What inspired me at 2 AM may horrify me at 8 AM.
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I've had that happen too. Makes it hard to pay attention to the person talking..
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
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
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
I get that completely Michememe. I am often inspired by what I read here on HubPages.
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..
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.
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.
I agree Walkingwithhim, I can write any place at any time but a quiet location helps.
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.
Same here, dmhenderson. I do get plenty of inspiration when reading.
Exactly! I've been promising myself I'd get to bed before 1 AM for many years.. If I'm up.. I'm writing.
I get that.. and isn't it satisfying to get it all down in writing? It can release a lot of stress.
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. :)
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!
Nice to have a built-in fan base M K! My husband also inspires me.
Exactly! I have been trying- but feel kind of stupid doing it- to record my ideas on my phone..
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!
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.
Haha.. this one made me laugh! Is your Zombie story published? I'd love to read it!
Must be a writer's thing?
Same here.. notebook always close..
How many times have I promised myself I would remember an idea later - and didn't write it down!! Ugh..