In a movie theater, an idea pushed me and all I had to write on were napkins.
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One time I had a great idea while riding in an airplane. I had to patiently wait about 15 minutes for a stewardess so that I could get something to write it down.
Never had that in a cinema or any other form of theatre; however, I have sat in a coffee shop, sipping on a cappoccinno after shoppiong, and I've had to scribble an adea on the back of a till receipt.
In my early twenties I worked on a lawn maintenance crew and was in a band. Music at that time was everything to me so I was writing lyrics and coming up with new riffs all the time during work. I carried sticky papers in my pockets so I could write something down when it came to me. One time I stopped in my tracks and pulled my pencil and paper out, I let go of the mower's throttle and it should have turned off and stopped moving. I forgot in my rush though that the throttle had broken the day before and I had rigged it to stay on until we could get it fixed. I let go of the mower and off it went without me over the flower bed edge and into the flowers! Thankfully there were some large ornaments in there as well and they stopped the mower before the damage got to be too much. Worried that I was going to be shouted down because of this I immediately sought out the owner and she came out of her house with tears in her eyes because she was laughing so hard at what had happened. She said the look on my face was priceless when I caught the mower and looked around to see if anyone saw me, and then she remarked at how impressed she was at how fast I could move when I needed to. Ha, ha....no, not funny.
Awhile back, I was in the car with my husband - he was driving. Luckily I had grabbed the mail prior to getting in the car, so I started writing on back of all the envelopes. I had to number each one to keep track of the order. After that, my husband got me a little pink journal to carry around.
Sitting a passenger in a car. I always have a pen and paper with me.
As a songwriter, I sometimes get a spontaneous tune in my head. Often when I'm driving. There's no way to remember this kind of thing, so I have to record it somehow. So, what I usually do is call somebody who I know never answers their phone and say, "Hey, don't erase this message. I need to get this tune down so I can work on it later." Then I proceed to sing or hum into the phone. I used to just sing or hum without the disclaimer. That kinda freaked people out.
Excellent scenario!!! I am sure most of us have done something similar along the way, be it composing a shopping list, a "honey do" item, lyrics or an idea for a story. I have written on the back of receipts, all over envelopes, in the margins of newspaper articles. I once had a notepad that was going to keep me organized. Like the worst of student excuses, my dog ate it!!!
Suddenly struck w/ a song, music and lyrics, while driving and had to sing it over and over until I got someplace wher I could write it down
I always have pen and paper with me.
In the case when I don't have then I keep mugging that idea until I get pen and paper to write asap.
Similar to mtd, I also use my phone and since it has a built in voice recorder app I just open that baby up and let my mind explode! Except you might want to step into the hall if you're at the theater since cell phone use is frowned upon.
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