My passion in writing, has been a 30 year journey! I’ve kept many journals, with ideas, stories, concepts, characters, and simply my own personal thoughts on my day. I am grateful for writing everything down, as you never know when inspiration will hit you!
For example, last Summer, we were living in our trailer at our campsite; I found myself in a laundry facility doing our weekly loads, when there it was – inspiration! I’m grateful I had my journal with me! I know I received quite a few looks from other people, as I was not participating with their conversations. Instead, I was simply sitting down, in between loads, writing in my journal. In doing so, I escaped to a place where I could no longer hear the thumping and rattling of the overloaded washing machines, or the humming of the dryers. The laundry facility did not exist in this time of inspiration.
My ideas come to me, when I least expect it! I used to feel panic when an idea would hit me, as I was putting pressure on myself to remember every detail until I could get home to write it down. Hence the reason I now keep my journals with me at all times.
I still love the feeling of pen to paper!
I have boxes and boxes filled with all my ideas and thoughts; some have been turned into lyrics for music, ideas for novels, and what I refer to as my, “mother-load” box, are my ideas for eventually diving into writing for film/television. The one thing that I have accomplished, is controlling the panic. Due to having my journals and writing things down as they come, the information is now safe and locked in! They are just aging and becoming full bodied while I type them into my laptop. No more panic!
Grab a journal and a pen, and WRITE! Write down your thoughts, get it out! You never know where your inspiration will come from; harness it when it makes its appearance!
Jacqueline Burke, Author – An Idea Comes When You Least Expect It!