At any moment we can find inspiration for writing. As quickly as the spark is ignited, it can be tamped out. Unless you have steely focus, a great memory, or a way to capture the spark until you have time to write.
While I am detail-oriented and a linear thinker, these qualities don't carry over into writing. Instead of capturing the ideas in my OmniFocus inbox or some other organized way, I have a draft post folder in WordPress with ideas and outlines (overflowing with 74 drafts at the time of this writing), Post-It notes on the office wall, notes on napkins, ideas jotted down on the back of grocery lists, emails to myself, and voice memos on the phone.
Writing is messy and non-linear. At least my writing process can be described this way. While it would seem adding organization into idea capture for writing would be prudent, my system works for me.
My favorite is the Post-It note system. Staring at the wall with the notes and having a post come together from a few words on a sticky paper on the wall feels great. With the recently-removed note with the inspirational thought as companion as I type, I create something from nothing more than a quote or few words.
As a single, working mom with a lot of responsibilities, work life balance and productivity is essential. I know how to create a more organized system for all other areas of my life, but I like leaving my writing idea capture the way it is now.
It works for me.
How to you capture a writing idea in the moment?