I know you’ve all done this. You’ve been half asleep or driving your car in traffic, or doing the dishes or making dinner or grocery shopping and an idea has come to you. Whether it was a fresh and new inspiration for a book, a way to make your story stronger or a specific sentence for a certain scene.
How many times have you gone looking for a pen, pencil, marker or even a crayon to try and write the idea down before it dissipates? I tried keeping a notebook and pencil by my bed but usually I can’t read my writing the next morning. I usually keep a notebook in my purse but of course the few times that I actually wanted to write something down I’ve forgotten it.
Once when I was driving home from work a sentence came to me. It was the prologue for a new project. It was clear, it was brilliant and it was awesome. I focused on it for the whole ride home. I ran in the front door, raced to my computer and wrote it down. I read it out loud. The sentence was not clear, or brilliant nor awesome. It was awkward and didn’t really make sense.
It’s funny how that happens. I guess it just goes to show that I’m obviously a better writer in my head than I am on paper. One day the brilliant sentences and story ideas that are in my head will more easily transfer to the real world.
For all the Canadians out there.
Happy Canada Day.