It can be frustrating when you have writer’s block or get an idea for writing when in the most inconvenient place, like driving or in the shower. I get easily inspired by listening to a song, seeing something interesting while out and about, or reading the work of others. Time is not always on your side when you are inspired to write, so what can one do when the lightbulb goes off? Here are some creative ways I came up with to make sure I don’t misplace that motivation:
Carry a Journal or Notebook
Notebooks are littered all over my house, in several bags I carry around, and where I work. I have them within reach in the event I need to jot down some ideas. Keep one in the glove compartment of your car even. Grab a bunch at a dollar store or the bargain bins at the large department stores.
Use a Memo App
When you get those ideas in the car or waiting in line somewhere, break out you phone or tablet. There are many apps you can use as a memo pad. When in the car, be safe and wait till you are at a stop light or use the voice feature to save those ideas. Technology is at our fingertips, so don’t let that moment you are inspired go to waste.
Take advantage of those gadgets and take a screenshot of something you find while browsing social media or the web. Sometimes you may get something in an email that inspires you – screenshot it as well. Create a folder in your phone where you can put them all and go back to it later.
Snap a Photo
We all have phones that take pictures, so when you get inspired walking to lunch, out shopping, or on vacation – snap a photo of those items or places you want write about when get the time. Preserve those moments digitally and you can even use the photo to share with others how it inspired you.
Send it to Yourself
Use Facebook messenger or email to send something to yourself. Sometimes we may forget what we save or where we put it in our phones, so keeping those new alerts from messages and emails can be the reminder for those who have that extra busy life.
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, Devour Me and Charcoal Kisses.
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