It never fails. The best ideas for stories, articles, and blog posts come at a time when you are completely unable to make a note of them, much less follow through on them.
Maybe you’re driving down the highway at 60 miles an hour and something that you see along the road triggers a great idea for a story. Or, you’re in a concert hall, movie theater, or even in church, and you think of something to write about. Naturally, you don’t have a notepad on you to write your idea down.
Then, when it comes time to write, you can’t think of anything to write about. You know that you had a good idea yesterday but you can’t really remember it.
What do you do when you think of a great idea and you can’t jot it down? I used to get really frustrated whenever this happened until I discovered a way to hold onto those great ideas.
A friend of ours commented that he could memorize the essence of anything if he studied it three times. Since I’ve always been good at memorizing details for tests, I decided to use his technique to hold onto those stray ideas.
For the past few months, whenever a stray idea for a post or article pops into my head, I mentally study it the way that I used to memorize facts for a test. Basically, it works like this — I mentally repeat the idea to myself about five times. I include any details that I think will help me to remember the idea.
It works like a charm! In fact, I had the idea for this post a few weeks ago as I was driving. (As a mom, I find myself driving a lot.) I never wrote the idea down and I’ve had no trouble remembering it during the weeks between when I thought of it and now.
Best of all, I can use this technique while I’m doing something else. Â Of course, I do often jot ideas down on paper or in Notepad on my computer if it’s convenient to do so.
What about you? How do you hold onto your inspiration?
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