It’s funny, how we forget things. Sublime reflections and exalted ideas. Like they were never even there. But if they were so sublime and exalted, why did they not remain with us?
And it’s funny how we fear losing these ideas. The lengths we will go to preserve them. The legends are legion.
Keeping waterproof slates in your shower. Talking into your phone’s voice memo app while you pump gas on a dusty August day. Scribbling in your tiny notepad in the dark of night so you don’t wake your spouse. In the morning light, however, the handwriting is illegible. You might as well have been drunk.
I know. I’ve done it.
But at what point do you draw the line when it comes to stopping what you are doing to record an idea: How many times do you interrupt the family dinner? The mowing of the lawn? The cross-country run? How many times do you wake up in the middle of the night to write that rare never-before-thought idea down in your diary?
Not to mention, there’s the risk you may interrupt the full blossoming of an idea if you prematurely stop what you are doing to write it down.
Well, this is what you do when you can’t — or don’t want to — stop to write down an idea.
In this 8-minute episode of Rough Draft, host Demian Farnworth discusses:
Margaret Atwood’s 10 rules for writing
What to do if you want to memorize something
How to let an