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Writing in the Shower

I write when I'm jogging and sometimes, when I'm in the shower. I know this sounds odd. But it's true. Not that I'm actually writing between strides, or while I'm soaping up... but I've found that some of my best ideas come when I am NOT at the computer. That's why, today, I want to talk about the importance of having a writer's notebook -- or at least some scrappaper and a pen -- with you AT ALL TIMES. BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN AN IDEA WILL STRIKE. And when you get to be my age (47), if you don't record a good idea, you might lose it altogether. I keep pen and paper by the bed (sometimes I get ideas when I am dozing off or waking up), and in the little pouch I wear when I go jogging. And if I get a good idea while I'm in the shower, I hop right out and jot it down. 

Today's Friday and I've got two kinds of writing to do. First, I want to write my review of Sophie Kinsella's new book, Remember Me? Then, I want to get back to my rewrite. It's coming along more quickly than I expected -- and because this story is so personal (it's based, as you may know by now, on my mum's childhood), it feels like a labour of love. Have a great weekend -- and don't forget that notebook!! Here's to loads of great ideas striking at odd moments and in unusual places!!!

Back to School! Yikes!
Today's Visit to St. Willibrord Elementary School
 

Comments

Guest - Kim on Friday, 18 January 2008 19:18

Smart idea to carry a notebook and pen around... except... I write something down, then take the notebook out of my purse when I want to read what I wrote and I never put the notebook back in my purse! I agree that the best ideas come when one's not thinking about finding them -- I'll have these nice ideas for journal entries while I'm in the car or in class, but, when I sit down to write, I can rarely think of anything interesting.

Smart idea to carry a notebook and pen around... except... I write something down, then take the notebook out of my purse when I want to read what I wrote and I never put the notebook back in my purse!:D I agree that the best ideas come when one's not thinking about finding them -- I'll have these nice ideas for journal entries while I'm in the car or in class, but, when I sit down to write, I can rarely think of anything interesting.
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