Save that IDEA!


Most of the times we just keep the ideas in our mind and think that we don’t have enough ideas to start writing, but guess what, all you’re doing is killing all those ideas that your mind already has! Trust me, you’ll never really have enough ideas to make you get up and start writing and even if you do get to writing after you’ve got a lot of ideas, it’ll be too late and you’ll end up forgetting most of them.

The key is to write down the ideas as soon as one pops up in your mind or try to write it down ASAP! Do not take your ideas for granted.Save that IDEA

You might think that it is not as important as I’m trying to project it but wait for a second and think again. Have you ever thought about an excellent idea and thought “wow, now that’s a good idea!” but you don’t write it down thinking that you’ll remember it and will be able to recall it later whenever you want.

Guess what, that’s never going to happen, because when you don’t take the pain to write it down, the idea starts disintegrating. Later when you’ll try to recall it, the best you ‘ll be able to do is recall some fragments of it and that too only if you’re lucky enough.

Sometimes, while working on one topic, I get a dozen ideas for other topics simultaneously. I know it can be messy, but still I try and take a page and note down whatever comes to my mind. I prefer to use post it as I can just put it on my work desk and won’t forget to work on them.

Some simple options to collect ideas:

  1. Smartphones: Almost everyone has one but some people are really lazy when it comes to using the smartphones for smart purposes. I use Samsung Galaxy Note-4 and I use it to the fullest. I have around 200 notes that I made over a period of just a few months and more often than not they help me outlining a story, a scrib and even a blog post. I’ve written a full-length novel using around 100 or so such notes, so yeah, they do work. I can’t even imagine myself not penning down my thoughts If at all I would have ignored it I would have been struggling to remember those ideas till now.10320216-cartoon-illustration-showing-a-generic-smartphone-with-a-smiling-face
  2. Post It Notes: These little cutie pies are truly amazeballs when it comes to writing ideas in short. They are so beautiful and I have them in every size and colour! The walls of my study room are full of these post-its and I feel so happy just looking at them. For easy access, I keep at least q post-it in every room with a small pen.
    Try to do this and you’ll be amazed to see how any ideas you can collect.
  3. Small Diaries: If you can’t make use of your smartphones then try and keep a small diary and a small pencil or pen in you pocket at all times. Really, Am I kidding? Absolutely Not! You are a writer (or if you want to be) then start acting like one. I always have my sling bag and various loose papers and small notebooks with me along with at least 2 pens. You never know when you can get hit by a brilliant idea that can potentially change your life (no kidding!)3900113-560258-paper-vector-notebook-with-small-pen
  4. Try and be resourceful! If you’re in a hotel, ask the waiter for a pen and write down on a tissue! (I’ve done this a number of times.) If you’re going somewhere and have no paper, then stop at a stationary and get one. I mean, how hard can it be to get a paper and a pen (not to forget your amaing smartphones and tablets.)

If you have your little ideas in order then you can write freely for hours and hours. Noting down your ideas can save you from the worst problem that a writer faces- “Writer’s Block“. I believe that if you have all your ideas with you, there are fewer chances that you’ll ever have a writer’s block long enough to demoralize you.

Everyone has IDEAS but not everyone

Ideas are the soul of one’s writing. Without them, you’ll be sitting with a blank paper. So next time note down your ideas as soon as you can.

Have a great day 🙂

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26 Comments on “Save that IDEA!

  1. I learnt this from my author friend. He lives by this rule “Write everything down, even if its on your hand.” Although there are times when you cant and the idea floats away. This happened to me today regarding a character and their motivations.

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  2. I remember a time I was sleeping and suddenly I got this entire picture of what my book should be! I got up from my sleep and ran otta the room! lol! My hubby got so scared that he thought that someone was in the house!lol!
    That was how I got the plot for my novel I’m currently working on!
    It’s good to know that you were able to get your’s in place 🙂
    It’s funny how a write’s life is dramatically different from others! 😀

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  3. Great post! It took me far too long to start writing down all of my ideas. Now I have tons of notebooks full of scribbles for when I get stuck in my writing. Number four is why I always carry pencil and paper with me, just in case. 🙂

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  4. I couldn’t agree with you more. The advice you’re dispensing in this particular blog is excellent. I hope that people who write; especially new writers, who are just starting their first serious pieces, heed your advice. There were a few times, years ago, when I would think up an idea, but that would be the extent of it. I wouldn’t write it down, and when something would remind me of it, the idea came back to me, but not as strong. I realized, as you stated in your blog, how important it is to take the time to write the idea down. Now when I am looking to begin a new story, I refer back to what I have written, and then I make the determination, whether or not I think the idea makes for a worthwhile story.

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  5. Heena , you have a great blog going with many interesting posts , which I am in the process of catching up with… Saving ideas is an eminently valid suggestion and all serious writers follow the practice in variable ways . Idea needs to be trapped the moment it occurs , in just the same manner that a scenic view , created by nature’s unique play of light and shade on a particular landscape , must be either filmed or translated into artist’s canvas as close to its occurrence as possible lest it should vanish , partially or entirely , forever….with best wishes….Raj

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    • Thanks a lot Raj! I’m glad you liked this blog 🙂
      And I admire the way you have put it. Yes, we really need to think this way.
      Ideas are the soul of one’s writing and I can’t stress enough on saving it!
      Thanks again 🙂

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  6. Very helpful and motivating! Thanks for the follow btw :). I need to put into practice those practical tips for recalling writing ideas. It is like you wrote the post just for me 🙂

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    • Thanks Merryn and likewise for the follow! 🙂
      I’m very happy that this article helped you. My purpose is very well served!
      I hope you’ll like and find my other posts also helpful 😀

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  7. if you think it is a problem not saving ideas when you are twenty four, wait until you are 75. When you are twenty four, the worse think that happens is your idea is shelved with a slight chance of being remembered later if something clicks to bring it back. When you are 75, it is just another thing you forgot to do and oh well, even if you do remember, you don’t have the energy to do it anything about it anyway.

    Regards and goodwill blogging

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    • Hehe! I can understand, what you’re trying to say, but believe me, I’m worse than that when it comes to remembering… Even if I write down the ideas, lately I’ve realised that I barely look at them… lol!
      I hope you’re having a great day!

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  8. So agree with you on this. Ideas are so many but they are often left and forgotten somewhere in the hemispheres of our brains because we do not have the instruments to write them down immediately. I also take notes anywhere and everywhere now, if something comes up during work i write it on a single paper and bring it home. Where would we be without ideas. Thanks for writing this Heena 🙂

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