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August 21, 2011 / windlessly

Jump on inspiration

Ever had a really good idea? Like, a really, really good one? Don’t wait- make sure you jump on the opportunity right away. Write down the idea so you won’t forget. Articulate it as clearly as you can, record your feelings and thoughts about it, jot down as many details as you can.

Because with each passing moment that you wait, you risk losing some of that revelation that you had, the connection that two precious neurons in your mind suddenly and inexorably made. You lose a bit of that invigorating energy that’s driving you, the excitement behind the idea and your will to make it happen. Writers know the feeling- when inspiration strikes, they drop everything, and I mean everything, and scramble to grab whatever writable materials there are around them- napkins, flyers, business cards, newspapers, whatever. I know I’m a forgetful person, so writing down ideas right when I think of them like that is especially important, even if it’s just a matter of 5 minutes. It makes all the difference to me.

A great idea strikes. Don’t wait. Flesh it out on paper. Then hurry to make it a reality.

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