Word Count: 33,827
Let’s take a minute to recognize the fact that I almost doubled my word count for double-up-day! This was a NaNoWriMo event that I participated in. If you want to see more about the events that they hold throughout the month, just go to nanowrimo.org. A lot of the things that they do are really great, like write-ins and webcasts with bestselling authors. It’s also a huge organization that gives writing materials to classrooms around the world and so much more– so get involved!
Today I’m going to talk about catching all of those great writing ideas before they get away. So I have this four year plan that goes along with my writing, and in order to get through that, I’ll be writing an average of two books a year… So I need to keep every little idea I can! There was a lot of trial and error that went along with this, so I’ll also be telling you what not to do…
There are several things that I’ve done to help me remember all of my ideas before they get away.
1. This one didn’t work very well, was to write them all down on my arm. This one is more of a what-not-to-do. I guess it started in school when I was taking a world History test and something in it sparked an idea. I couldn’t just get out my writing binder and write it down, so I just did the next best thing: I wrote it on my arm.
And by this, I mean that I wrote an entire outline on my arm in black ink. It went up to my elbow, all the way around my arm, and on both sides of my hands. My teacher thought I was cheating, and I’m all like, “Do you want to read it?”
Needless to say, after they read the idea for my first book, he didn’t think I was cheating. That book was never published–or not yet— but I don’t think it will be any time soon. I might rewrite it.
2. Don’t write on furniture. Or on anything with permanent marker. I’m serious; it never works out that well.
Now to the useful ones.
3. The next tip I have for you is to keep a small composition notebook in your back pocket or in a bag that you carry around. Again, if you are in the grocery story and get a great idea, you can’t just get out a huge binder or your laptop and sit down in the middle of the isle to write. That would be funny, though.
Instead, you can just pull out your little composition notebook, jot down a few key words and a sentence or two, and then go on with your shopping. The only problem I’ve found is that if you keep it in your back pocket, it can get a little torn up from sitting on it.
4. Finally, and this is the one that works the best for me, is to keep some kind of journal or notebook beside your bed. I get all of my best ideas from dreams. In fact my NaNoWriMo novel started out as a dream before I added in the romance aspect of it and took out the flying meteors.
Also, I like to get ideas from things I see and people I meet throughout the day. These ideas come to me when I lay down to go to sleep, too, because that’s after everything I’ve done that, when I brainstorm ideas. The journal is great for when I suddenly get a great idea in the middle of the night and don’t want to wake up to the bright light of my laptop.
5. This last one is kind of a bonus: If you commute really far everyday to or from school, work, etc., then maybe bring a recorder or iphone voice recorder with you. If you get an idea while driving, just press record, talk into the phone or recorder, and press stop. It’s a lot safer than trying to write something down or text it to yourself.
I hope these helped you, and if you have any other great ideas, comment them below! I’d love to know!
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