There is nothing worse than a missed opportunity. You’ve vowed to capture the nuances of a special event for your book, only to realize “later” is too late. The impermanent idea has vanished. To counter losing those golden, fleeting thoughts, keep a small notebook handy at all times.
1. Daily thoughts or ideas often lead to major stories.
2. Believable scenes can be captured whether you’re at the movies or the grocery store. There are many narratives in our day-to-day that might fit into a storyline.
3. Getting the names correct from individuals who’ve rendered service is imperative, especially if their contribution is referenced in your book.
4. Dialect in the raw can be logged when you over-hear an interesting or peculiar speech pattern. Authors’ thirst for unique characters.
5. Mind maps are useful when developing characters, plots and so-on.
6. Once in a lifetime, on-the-spur interviews can transpire if you are prepared.
7. Noting triggers from places or even smells, may afford you the perfect theme for the inception of a new book.
8. Jot down the names of shops, parks and streets for later use.
9. Dreams often generate pathways to our creative genius.
10. Putting a spin on an existing idea is what writers do. Find a way to reinterpret the concept and make it your own.
What brilliance have you captured by keeping a notebook handy?