When do your story ideas hit you? Inspiration might strike as I’m working out at the gym, grocery shopping, or perusing a book store. If I don’t write my thoughts down, they’ll be forever lost. However, WRITING isn’t always possible, like when I’m driving or running. I needed to find a way to preserve my ideas without pulling over to the side of the road or carrying a notebook with me wherever I went. That’s when I invested in my handy, dandy digital voice recorder. What a wonderful gadget. As long as I remember to purge the information onto my computer and maintain battery life, I’m set.
The only time I don’t rely on my digital voice recorder is when I first wake up. I often have dreams that will eventually become stories. These vivid images are huge scenes and sometimes entire “movies” in my mind. Rather than recite these ideas, I prefer to jot down a few notes and then plot out the story. If ever I come to a point in my writing career where my editor is expecting another book and I’m at a loss for ideas, I’ll take out my list of plots or sort through my voice recorded message.
What do you do when you have a story idea?