I did it.
I warn my students against it, but I did it anyway.
I lecture my students to:
1. Discover the place where you get your most creative ideas.
2. Embrace that place.
This means being prepared to document those ideas when they arise.
3. Never assume you will remember your great ideas.
No matter how good the idea or how common the knowledge may seem, you will forget it.
It’s this belief, taught to me by my college journalism professor, that has resulted in me pulling over on the side of the road to jot down a good lead or jumping out of the shower to grab a pen and paper.
I typically don’t get my great ideas while I’m attempting to sleep. My creativity comes during the monotony of my daily shower or commute.
Perhaps it was because my idea came outside of my typical “creative place.” Maybe it was just laziness or arrogance. As I lay in bed last night, I wrote the first few graphs of a blog post I’ve been contemplating in my head. I even brainstormed headlines and generated what I recall as being a “great idea.” I didn’t document any of it.
This morning it is gone.
It is a frustrating feeling.
I must practice what I preach.
What is your creative thinking place? What tools do you use to document your ideas there?