Monday, August 26, 2019

Where's My Pen? Where's My Paper?

A leisurely evening walk through the neighborhood provides great opportunity for story ideas. A trip to the local grocery store, sharing time with grandchildren, staring at the clouds, or pausing to rest and take an afternoon nap can cause story ideas to pop into my thoughts at any moment.

One valuable thing I have learned is to always have paper and pen with me or close by. My husband and I have shared funny experiences like me thinking a cracker wrapper was a snake in the pine straw. Another example is the time I accidentally left a dryer sheet in my husband’s work pants and he found it during a meeting at his office. My husband and our son made a youtube video about the situation. They created a cardbox box and called the device “Automated Dryer Control Sheet System”. Our family enjoys lots of laughter with daily activities. With these situations, I made sure pen and paper were ready so I could jot story ideas.

There have been so many times when something unexpected occurs and I think, “That would make a great story.” Yet, by the time I was able to find a pen and paper, the idea had fizzled out and I had trouble remembering what was so unique about the situation. Time to somehow keep track of these ideas.

Other people use their phones to keep notes. I am not one of those people. I prefer my ink pens and notepads to collect ideas that sprout in thoughts. Whatever the method, having something to keep those thoughts fresh and ready to use for a blog post, article, devotion, story or even just to share with family and friends is very important.

Today, I will keep my small notepad with me and be ready when those experiences make me say, “I want to write about that.”

Today, I will keep my small notepad with me and be ready when those experiences make me say, "I want to write about that." #seriouslywrite @mimionlife

Keep writing and comment below with your favorite way to keep track of ideas.

Thanks for reading.
Have a blessed day,
Melissa Henderson

Melissa Henderson is a writer of inspirational messages through fiction, non-fiction, devotions, guest blogs, articles and more. Her first children’s book, “Licky the Lizard” was released in 2018. Some of her passions are helping in community and church. Melissa and her husband Alan moved from Virginia to South Carolina in 2017 to be near son, daughter-in-love and first grandchild. The family motto is "It’s Always A Story With The Henderson".

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  1. I'm one who types notes into my phone. :) You're so right about the ideas slipping away if we don't get them down. Crazy how life can cause us to forget. Thanks for your post, Melissa!

    1. I may have to think about using my phone. It is always in my pocket or in my hand. haha! Have a blessed day!

  2. I use a variety of things ... I carry a notepad in my purse and I have one in the nightstand drawer next to my bed. Often times, I'll use my phone to send notes via e-mail to myself. It's so important to jot down those moments of inspiration because they do seem to vanish into thin air at times! LOL!

    1. I agree. Those moments of inspiration can be lost if we don't jot them down or dictate them into the phone. :-) Have a blessed day! :-)

  3. Wonderful post Ms. Melissa. We never know when or where an idea will strike, so I keep Post-It(tm) notes all around our home and my workshop, and almost always have a pen with me. For the first couple of years after I started Christian writing, I would place my notes on the face of the bookshelves where I write. Once they got to be four deep and on every shelf in my den, I decided it was time to transfer them to my computer. I know use my IdeaLog to keep track of ideas for devotionals, articles, stories, books, and blog posts. It's helped me improve my organization greatly, but now I just keep filling up my garbage can with used slips of paper and note pads. We writers are a special breed aren't we my friend.

    1. I love Post-It notes! :-) I, too, have ended up with notes on top of notes. haha! I will have to check out IdeaLog. Yes, we writers are a special breed. Thank you for reading and commenting dear friend. Have a blessed week! :-)


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