If you’ve written fiction for any length of time you know how important it is to seize upon ideas when they come, and not put them off until later. When a plot point, a character, a title or a perfect ending pops into your head at 3:00 a.m. you’d better roll over, grab a notepad and write it down. Don’t expect it to linger til dawn; chances are it won’t. How many inspired ideas slip into the abyss every year simply because we were too busy at that moment to write or record them?
Early last week I left my station at the library Help Desk for a quick run upstairs. By the time I returned a few minutes later, an opening line had popped into my head, followed by two more sentences. Business was slow at that moment, and so within twenty minutes I had composed a little slice of flash fiction – only 280 words. But it was something – a complete little vignette that had not existed less than an hour prior.
That’s why it is so important to write or record ideas when they come, to somehow find a way of capturing them before they escape. You never know when that particular thought will lead to a poem, a short story or a novel, an international bestseller or a tiny bit of flash fiction published only on your blog.
You can read that bit of tiny fiction at my writer’s blog – da.donaldson.com
Remember this: Inspiration that gets pushed to the back burner is in danger of burning up! Hey, maybe I’ll write that down for my next book of pithy sayings …