A good idea is like a dream.  Perhaps it is a dream, in waking form.  It comes misty and bright. Beautiful, floating in your mind. Catch it  before it flies away because it will fade to a mostly forgotten memory in minutes. No matter how certain you are that you won’t forget it, I bet you will.

You don’t need to fully develop every concept as it flashes across your consciousness. But, if you think it is worth turning into any kind of authoring, write it down. Where you write it doesn’t matter, as long as you remember where. Your phone, a piece of paper, the white board in the kitchen, a couple of lines in a post on your dashboard. The important part, is to do it quickly. Put at least a sentence or two somewhere and try to make sure it is something which will help you remember what you saw.

Ideas, flashes and thoughts are ephemeral. Reality will steal them, so catch those ideas. Those ideas you are absolutely sure you couldn’t possibly forget will be gone before you turn around twice. Catch them before they get away!

17 thoughts on “KEEP THE THOUGHT

    • Marilyn Armstrong April 28, 2017 / 12:59 pm

      As one rounds the corner into 70 or thereabouts, you either get good at writing the idea somewhere or losing them. Even before I got older, if I didn’t write it down, I lost it after a while. Not as quickly, but soon enough.

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      • Garry Armstrong April 28, 2017 / 2:08 pm

        Across the years, I’ve always stopped in the moment to scribble down the thought. On scraps of paper, bar napkins (so many great stories), pieces of paper towels and, nowadays, our kitchen white board.

        At Marilyn’s suggestion, I sometimes open the “dashboard” section of my computer, put in a working title and write a few lines of a story that’s popped into my head.

        Sometimes days go by but, usually, the thought or story is finished.


    • Marilyn Armstrong April 28, 2017 / 12:53 pm

      And in this case, advice both Garry and I always follow because if we don’t, we really DO forget. Completely and often without hope of resurrecting the idea. We have gotten serious about writing “it” down.

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      • Garry Armstrong April 28, 2017 / 2:09 pm

        You betcha!!


      • swo8 April 28, 2017 / 3:05 pm

        I try, not always successful at it. (Too easy to get busy and diverted)


  1. jcalberta April 28, 2017 / 11:57 pm

    I used to get flashes of inspired writing. The trick is to get it down before you lose it. If it flows in as a stream of consciousness, that’s not easy to do. Maybe the great writers are better at that.


  2. Rose April 30, 2017 / 12:08 am

    All so very true! Loved the plants/flowers gracing this post!


    • Marilyn Armstrong April 30, 2017 / 12:12 am

      Ahh. Those are Garry’s birthday flowers from his younger brother. orchids and some ivy and something else i haven’t quite identified. They are really lovely. He’s not a gardener, but I ALWAYS wanted orchids of my own, so it’s a real treat for me.

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      • Rose April 30, 2017 / 12:22 am

        Love orchids! Mom has a big collection but I have killed every one I have tried to raise.


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