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Jotting down words when off the clock.

Discussion in 'Writers' Workshop' started by hockeybeat, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. hockeybeat

    hockeybeat Guest

    Once, a long time ago on a message board very much like this one, Fenian wrote that he keeps a legal pad on his nightstand in case a word or sentence, phrase or paragraph came to mind.

    And to be honest, I cribbed the man's idea and it has helped tremendously. There will be times that I'll wake up in the middle of the night with a word or thought in mind and I'll immediately jot it down.

    I was wondering what other people here do. Do you keep a pad on you at all times? Do you text yourself thoughts (starting to do that) for future reference? E-mail yourself sentences?

    Or am I just out of my gourd?
  2. forever_town

    forever_town Well-Known Member

    If I'm on a computer and a phrase or word really screams at me, I'll probably type something up. Usually though, I insist on having paper and something to write with.

    I've probably bought more pads of paper and notebooks than anyone else I can think of.
  3. huntsie

    huntsie Active Member

    I don't keep one by the bed, but if I get a thought or an idea, i'll scribble it on a notepad or e-mail it to work. I have a notepad with me pretty much all the time and use the time travelling to work on the bus to sometimes scribble an idea or a chunk of a column
  4. Charlie Brown

    Charlie Brown Member

    Do it. Then, kill your darlings. Or, to save time, think of them but don't write them down.
  5. hockeybeat

    hockeybeat Guest

    Why kill them?
  6. Jay Sherman

    Jay Sherman Member

    Sometimes I talk into my voice recorder, even coming up with ledes on the drive back to the office. One time I even did a column just speaking my thoughts into the recorder.
  7. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    When I'm at home, early in the morning or late at night, and a story idea comes to me, I'll email it to myself.

    I'll do the same with better sentences for features I have on the go saved on my work computer.

    I used to read all kinds of newspapers when I had more time. I'd keep a file on my desktop and add words or phrases I liked. It was good for the vocabulary.
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