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Best Article I've Seen on How to Get Ideas

 
Ragtimelil
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on 02/21/2013

Just wanted to share this. I do have spells where my brain feels totally empty. This is the best I've seen on getting it going.

http://writetodone.com/2013/02/21/how-to-be-creative-when-your-brain-doesnt-want-to-play/


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JoHarrington
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on 02/21/2013

LOL  'An ink-dispensing manual writing tool from the past.'

This was useful.  I thought it was only me who had days like that! 


Ragtimelil
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on 02/21/2013

Are you kidding? I have WEEKS like that. Especially getting Ideas as interesting as Melba toast.

(Hm...and article on melba toast?)


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katiem2
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on 02/21/2013

Very nice article, thanks for the jump start :)


JoHarrington
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on 02/21/2013

What IS Melba toast?


Ragtimelil
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on 02/21/2013

Plain hard toastie things often fed to babies.


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Ragtimelil
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on 02/21/2013

You are welcome Katie. I save these for those days...


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on 02/21/2013

My problem is rarely an empty brain. It's a brain that's overflowing with so many ideas that it can't make any decisions. The only point I disagree with in the article is the paper and pen. No way. The only way my hands can keep up with my brain is via keyboard, and was I ever grateful to give up klunky typewriters for computers. Trade easy-to-read fonts for handwriting? I have notebooks that I'll never look at again. All my ideas, work in development, etc., are easily organized in any way I choose, on my computer. Scotch tape? That guy needs to come into the 21st century.

Ragtimelil
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on 02/21/2013

I wish I had that problem. Maybe I need more coffee.

I think he was talking about brainstorming ideas on paper, not writing your works. I have tendonitis in my hands so I love my keyboard, but I get what he's saying about handling paper and moving things around and comparing pages side by side. Not that I have any surface to do that on.

Frown


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on 02/21/2013

Yes, the paper and pen was for brainstorming. But that doesn't work for me at all.

My hands appreciate the computer keyboard. I have mild arthritis, and pounding a typewriter would be out for me these days.

BAHelberg
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on 02/21/2013

Hi, Catana,

Right with you! I won't live long enough now to explore all the ideas I have flowing through an aging brain. And it's never been different. I wake up with ideas and I go to sleep with ideas, and I dream ideas that I jot down in the morning. I look at something, hear something, taste something, and an idea immediately assaults me! It's a curse. Ha! Actually, I call it the flow of life.

I have mountains of clippings, idea "banks" -- skeleton story ideas and story thought ideas and title ideas -- jotted down. Bank boxes of partial works are everywhere in my apartment. My problem is finishing!

But I love writing so much that I just go with the flow and work on whatever I please when I please, especially since retirement in 2008, and that pleases me. I have over 1,000 articles total on several writing sites.

And my old brain loves to take pencil and paper to a shade tree and create lead script. Writing is my continuous addiction.

I just started on Wizzley and it looks like it may be a whole new outlet for me. Yay!

BA

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on 02/21/2013

Wow! Good for you. I've been glad to leave the paper behind. I know what you mean about the clippings, etc. So glad I won't have to tote all that around if I move again. I'm almost completely digital now. Most of the magazines I used to read are online, so it's easy to make notes or download articles for reference. And so many news sources! I'm a slow writer, though, and my main concentration is fiction, so my Wizzley output won't be enormous.

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