First Things First. What Was the First Thing Again?
August 21, 2012 7:22 AM Subscribe
If I wrote down all the witty/funny/odd/insightful things that cross my mind all day long, I'd have tons of ideas for creative projects. The problem: I'm missing the part of my brain that says "Hey, write that down!"
posted by Rykey to grab bag (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Typical right-brained person lacking organizational and follow-through skills here, with untold legions of unrealized creative endeavors to show for it. I've realized that my biggest problem might be that although I make plenty of observations, in my thoughts and conversations, worth hanging on to for later use in creative projects (anything from an amusing pun to a story idea to a particular aesthetic experience), I don't think of writing anything down until it's too late.
I always keep a pen and paper handy for writing things down, but as I said, it's the brain-to-hand transfer that's lacking. So I'm looking for practical advice on training myself to turn idea-noting into a habit (a reflex, even): "Heh, that's a clever thought. WRITE THAT DOWN!"
I'm open to any technique that'll get the job done; cheap Pavlovian mind-tricks, meditative exercises that allow me to be more attentive to my thoughts and actions, whatever. My only requirement is that I want to stick with pen and paper; no electronic note-taking system (it's just easier and more enjoyable for me to write on paper).