A while back I posted here on how important it is to record little snippets of inspiration before they slip away. This is something I have struggled with, as nifty ideas often seem to pop up at the most in-opportune times.
Recently I had an entire bit of micro-fiction come to me literally in the middle of the night, and to my surprise I actually threw off the covers, plodded into my “office” and jotted the whole thing down on a scrap of paper. The next morning I took it to work (where most of my writing and editing secretly occurs) and shaped it into its final form. Here’s a picture of my 2 a.m. scribble:
This is loosely based on an actual event, although the establishment name was slightly different and that exact conversation never took place. You can read the final version here.
Do I always get up in the middle of the night? No. But I’m thinking that this capturing of sudden ideas is just a matter of habit and discipline, and so I am working to develop the habit. If I can already do 2 a.m. how much harder can it get? 🙂