Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Rule Number One

When you're trying to sleep at night and an utterly brilliant thought for a novel hits you, make sure that the pen you grab on your nightstand to write down said idea, in the dark, on your handy-dandy notebook, actually has ink in it.

12 comments:

  1. I'll make note of that...now where's my pen!

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  2. Yep, definitely important! I can't keep pens beside the bed for easy access - the kitten makes off with them *g*.

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  3. LOL--the things I have written on when the urge strikes!!

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  4. Oh, no. I hope you remembered you idea!

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  5. A pen with no ink would really be hoprrible, especially in my house. The kids rathole all the pens.

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  6. The thing is, I didn't discover that the pen had no ink until this morning! It was dark, I was tired, so I wrote down my ideas, then promptly rolled over and went to sleep. This morning I looked and saw all those nice scratches on the paper. I will probably have to take a pencil and scratch over the marks, kind of like my own secret code.

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  7. Oh no! I hope you pressed hard enough to allow for the pencil decoding. Might be kind of fun seeing what you find. Secret Agent Writer!

    I'm like that too. If I don't write it down, it's gone forever.

    I keep my laptop on the nightstand. Things always hit me as I'm drifting off into sleep. So I sit up, pop it open and out of sleep mode (ha! kind of like myself) and type out a few lines.

    Loved the post, by the way. It cracked me up first, then the empathy hit.

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  8. Worse yet, DO NOT talk yourself into believing you'll remember it in the morning!! I've done that a few times, too lazy to go find a pen with ink in it, and... ZAP!! Idea is long gone and I'm a in a scritch of a mood for the rest of the day...LOL

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  9. I use a pencil meself. We have some wonderful never-ending ones I got from Staples. Trouble is, they do end eventually, but if it's too cold for ink to run, at least lead still works.

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  10. Absolutely! And make sure that they're in some sort of container so the cats can't run away with them.

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  11. Absolutely! And make sure that they're in some sort of container so the cats can't run away with them.

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  12. Isn't that maddening! I've done that too. Now I keep a pen that lights up when you write with it so I can be sure the ink shows up on the page!

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