Jot, file, and reflect

Today I am going to chatter about those writing distractions that we all seem to encounter. I’m talking about the inspiring ideas that the annoying and irritable Muse will throw at us, expecting us to suddenly pick up the pen and immediately start writing whatever they want us to write. Is it annoying? Damn right it is. Especially when you have so much more going on in your head, but you know that you don’t want to lose that idea.

Some people reading this will know that I use OneNote to get my ideas down. My Muse hates this. A lot. He’s all ‘powerful and mighty’ in his eyes, and I’m not bending to his will, but filing it all away for later. Sometimes, like recently, I have actually opened new documents โ€“ titled them, saved them, and then closed them, so that they are sitting there ready and waiting for me to pay them a little attention when I get a moment to myself. Like right now.

My Muse is screaming at me to use his ideas, but I can’t right this instant, because I have a trilogy to finish writing first. That is my priority at the moment, not winging my way into creating a new world just to sate my Muse’s taste-buds. That’s the beauty about OneNote. You can jot the idea down, file it away, and then reflect upon it later when you feel you are ready to start something fresh. Knowing my luck, my Muse is going to be absolutely howling at me once I finish this trilogy, because then it will be editing time, and there still won’t be new worlds being built, or new characters coming alive.

Ah well, for the moment, he will just have to suck it up like a princess, and get over it.

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  1. Hey LKH
    Totally know the feeling. It is hugely frustrating, and often disturbing when these knew ideas mess around with your head when all you want to do is concentrate on the task at hand ie WIP.
    I use Freemind to create mind maps for every new idea. Is practical as all I do is pop in, add another note for the new idea. Problem is sometimes other ideas pop up when I’m in there but its okay- I just jot it down and jump back out as fast as i can.
    I use my iPod too to create litte notes like in the middle of the night, or when we have guests or when some idea flits into my head while at EDJ.
    Must have a look at this OneNote too
    Great post mate
    ๐Ÿ™‚ Tee

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  2. haha, I used one note for awhile and found it great for storing away ideas as well! I couldn’t seem to find a way to make it save to dropbox tho, so eventually, gave up on it.

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  3. Do I know this feeling! Sometimes I just want to put up a big amber sign that says Yield to my muse…Had to loan him to one of my other writer friends just so that he would give me some peace to edit…Freemind is amazing! I use my oda to jot down notes + my moleskin notebooks.
    BTW…love the look of your new site and love your new gravatar icon too. ๐Ÿ™‚
    KK

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    1. Thanks Kim! Hey, that’s a good concept – loan out the muse!! We could auction them off to writers for the weekend… OR, we could throw a Muse slumber party so we can get some peace ๐Ÿ˜›

      I’m really liking the new look as well. Been trying to sort this out for a while, and even mentioned it in a blog last weekend…. I have been using the full image of the gravatar around the place for quite a long time now…. but I love masks. Always have, always will. I once did a big series of painting about masks… one day I should find them. I think they are sitting down south at my parents house.

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  4. This is exactly why I love One Note! When I need a quick ‘idea drop’ I just shove it into Sticky Notes, but with One Note I can have a notebook for each book/idea going… let’s me keep myself a tad more focused than I would without it.

    How I ever focused without One Note before I found it, is beyond me. xD

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    1. Oh, I completely understand where you are coming from. I have no idea how I would live without it! Lovely to see you hanging out here in Parchment Place, Sadie – welcome to the family ๐Ÿ™‚

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