Capture Your Ideas

In the middle of the night, you realize you have just dreamt the perfect scene for your novel. As you drift back to sleep, you repeat the scene to yourself in an attempt to remember every detail. But in the morning, all you remember is that you had a great idea. The gist of it is gone.

No more lost scenes

It’s time to embrace technology—use your cell phone. Most give you the ability to take notes, so learn this feature and start a new note for each idea when you’re away from your computer. Use labels so you can easily find the note later. Set your phone to “silent” mode while you sleep.

If your phone has email, send your notes to yourself so they’ll be there when you’re back at your computer.

If you have a brainstorm while driving, pull over and leave yourself a voice mail message. Or, take a handheld recorder with you. This works great wherever you are. Don’t worry when you get strange looks. Just nod and smile.

No excuses

There’s also the old-fashioned way of keeping a small notebook near your bed, in your car, or in your pocket or purse. Write one idea every two pages to give yourself room to add to it.

Find the method that works for you.

Heather Kreke is a graduate of the Apprentice, Journeyman, and Craftsman courses. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two daughters. Heather is an avid reader and hopes to inspire youth to seek God’s will for their lives through her writing.

Learn to develop ideas into published pieces by first taking our Writing Essentials course. Your dream starts here.


  1. says

    Hi Heather,
    Inspiration usually hits me in the shower!

    However, I do use several of the methods you describe because I just can’t trust my brain or short-term memory anymore–namely after 50 years.

    The notebook by the bed works great; 3×5 cards are packed in all my purses and bags and the digital recorder is handy in the car but I never thought of the phone – nice idea.
    Thanks for your encouragement.

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