Midnight Insights

Last night I woke with a very clear thought. “She wouldn’t have said that!” I know I should keep a notepad and pen on my nightstand, but there are reasons I don’t. I could have walked to my office and captured the thought, but doing so would wake me enough I’d have trouble falling asleep again. So I lay thinking about the need to remember. And tossed and turned for an hour and a half before sleep took over.

As a writer, I receive insights into what I’m working on in unexpected moments. Like in the shower. A pen and notepad would not help at such a time. Right? Can you imagine trying to write when the pen slips out of your soapy hand, and the water ruins the notepad?

When I had a full-time job, I would receive inspiration while driving to pick up food on my lunch hour. Can’t write and drive at the same time either. Once I worked through an entire new manuscript idea in my head watching it unfold scene by scene as I drove home from a writing conference 600 miles from home. Lose it all by the time I unpacked. My idea was to get a small recording machine to carry with me. Yeah, that didn’t work. Nothing came to me except the thought I should be capturing something important.

Thankfully I did remember the insight from last night. Now I need to make the change before I lose it!

2 thoughts on “Midnight Insights

  1. sandralrice March 18, 2022 / 9:02 am

    I know what you’re saying. It happens to me all the time. You’re right, the shower is a great place for ideas to pop into a writer’s head, and a bad one as well. Did you ever notice by the time you could get out and dry off, find a paper and pencil, the idea was gone? Probably a Pulitzer!

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    • Carol Ann Erhardt March 20, 2022 / 8:34 am

      Yes! That happens to me often. I’m going to make a trip to the dollar store and purchase several small notebooks to scatter around the house!

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