Does it ever happened to you to feel an impulse to write, even though the moments are not so appropriate? And even stranger, when you want to write, the words won’t come? It very often happens to me to just wander around and all of a sudden BOOM! Writing idea! And then I pounder on it for a minute or two and then I say to myself that I’ll develop it when I get home. But guess what happens when I get home? I totally forget what I wanted to write about.
When The Idea comes, write it down!
I’m learning this the hard way. As someone who wants to write daily, finding new ideas is a challenge. I’m trying to pay attention to my ideas and when one worth writing about comes, I’m writing it down even though it’s not the right time. You might be on the toilet (which might be a great time to write) or you might be at the groceries store. It takes 30 seconds to write a phrase on your phone. It’s a simple habit, but you’ll thank those 30 seconds later.
When an emotion is present, try writing about it
As I mentioned before, we’re impacted by emotions so writing in the presence of one will help you transmit it better. Even though there are so many people out there, there are not so many basic emotions. The best writing comes from being possessed by an emotion. The presence of it allows us find the most appropriate words that transmit it.
Anything is writable
It may sound stupid, but I often start writing with the phrase “What should I write about today?” and then I move forward writing my answers down. For example, this piece started with:
“What should I write about today? Maybe I should write something about writing itself, but what? I already wrote about writer’s block. How come sometimes the ideas come in the most inappropriate moments? How come I feel an urge to write in those moments? Yes! That’s it! I’ll write about the urge to write”
How often do you feel the impulse to write?
58 thoughts on “The Impulse to Write”
Haha OMG I totally know what you mean!!! Ive been telling myself anything on your mind just write it – why not at least you are saying active
Yes! Anything can be written!
This is so true. I often have the impulsive to write when I’m busy and when I don’t carry my pen with me. I hate it when the inspiration to write comes when I least expect it. What is my solution to this? Recently I have an idea to take pictures of books in batches and post it on Instagram daily. So, whenever I want to post on Instagram, I will make sure to make use of the caption to write my thoughts of the day.
Great strategy! You create content and you write your thoughts in the same time!
I feel the impulse right when I’m about to fall asleep! It’s so annoying but when I wake up in the morning, there’s obviously no trace of the trail of thought from last night. I wish there was a way to record my thoughts before sleep 😅
Maybe you could try writing down those things when they came?
Totally relatable. I too have started writing the idea whenever it comes. That’ s a good way, otherwise we just forget what we were thinking about …
True! And so many ideas can be forgotten if we don’t mark them somehow when they come…
This happens all the time. I can think of things to write about all day long. But get home? All gone. So I’ve started making voice memos. It’s quick and easy and is a good enough reminder for later.
Nice! The voice memos are great to keep track of your ideas!
I feel like to write Whenever emotions get heavy.
Emotions are the source of the best writings!
I love how you use “What should I write about today?” as a writing prompt. It’s a very clever way to start! I feel the impulse to write when I’m going through deep emotions. Or when I haven’t written in days or when I’m going through changes in my life.
Thank you very much for reading and for your kind words! This writing thing sometimes is harder than it should…
Nice post. When I get an idea I use to write.
Thank you very much! I’m glad you write the ideas when they come. Don’t let them slip away!
Not writing is bad for the soul! Loved your article. Thank you so much for sharing.
Thank you very much for reading! <3
I carry a small moleskine note pad around with me because the ideas seem to hit at the least opportune moments! Xx
That’s awesome! You’re offering us a great example!
Thank you!!! It’s definitely helped me! Xxx
I tend to get the urge to write when I’m at Work!
And do you act upon that urge?
It was a useful read…!
I’m glad it was! Thank you for reading!
Yeah I’ve started writing down ideas for stories when they come, regardless of how or when or where they come. They might not be useful for today, but you never know.
Yes, exactly! You never know when those ideas come in handy.
Mostly get the impulse to write when I get told off… inappropriate and very annoying timing…
That’s tough… do you still remember those ideas and you write them down afterwards?
Not in the exact sentences…but whatever I can remember I write down…
I needed this! I get so many ideas throughout the day and I figure that I’ll remember them. Then I sit down to blog and I blank haha. Thanks for the tips!!
My pleasure! Thank you for reading!
I’m currently surrounded by notebooks filled with ideas and parts of ideas. I try to scribble down any inspiration I get so I can nurture it at the right time.
That’s the best approach! Do you carry one around with you everywhere?
I have them all over the house, but I use my phone when I’m out.
Oh that amazing sounding beginning that you edit all the way to work only to forget it the second you take your coat off – 🤦🏽♀️😂
Oh… the struggle…
I found myself laughing while reading this. It’s too true
Thank you for reading! I’m glad you liked it! 😀
Nice post. I send a text to myself as you have suggested.
Thank you! I hope that helped you! 😀
I think it depends a lot on where I am in my mood cycling. Writing seems more probable when I’m feeling “up” than “down” – but in truth, “downtime” may be the best time for me to write, because I’m not multitasking – ar chasing a toddler.
When do you mostly write? In which emotion?
I’d have to look at posts – I’m going to say “down” – but that may be because I’m not in the “up” phase. Were I “up”, the answer might be different!
Most of the powerful writings are done within the moment.
Our writing behavior should mimic our thought patterns, frequent, often obscured, to be revisited and constantly improving.
That’s what they should… but they don’t always do 🙂
I email ideas to myself at all hours of the night. My body may be sleeping, but my mind is continuously working on my characters.
That’s awesome! 😀
Not if I want to sleep. But the brain will do what the imagination demands!!😁
Hahahaha….. really enjoyed reading this one. True, some times there is flood of ideas at the most inappropriate time.
I’m glad you enjoyed this! How do those inappropriate times look for you?
That’s my problem in writing haha.. the most inapropriate times for me is when I’m driving and then trapped in the traffic jam 😑 thanks for sharing.
Thank you for reading! How many ideas you lose because of this?
I don’t know exactly how many ideas i’ve lost, but it stressed me out sometimes.
Yes, write it down on anything! Lol i keep notebooks lying around everywhere. Sometimes i jot down a cool sounding one-liner, other times it will be a general idea or outline. Sometimes words and characters and plot or rhymes just fall out of my hands and its a quick masterpiece. But they die in my head if i do not get them out soon enough