Posted in Writers, Writing tips

Don’t lose those brilliant story plot ideas

I came across this delightful cartoon. It got me thinking about how often a vivid idea surfaces (I’m sure I’ll remember no matter what) only for it to disappear when I need it. That twisting plot with a wonderful character can become a loose idea with a wilting, unlikeable character because your brain can’t find the inkling upon waking (or when you open your laptop or poise your pen). Unfortunately, if I don’t write it down I can (and often do) forget it.writers, cartoon, funny writing, forgetting ideas

Here are some tips to remember every fantastic idea you get:

  • Keep a notepad by the bed
  • Keep a notepad in your handbag
  • Keep a notepad on your desk
  • Keep a notepad in the kitchen
  • Keep a notepad on your phone
  • Keep a notepad in the bathroom
  • Keep a notepad everywhere (you get it don’t you?)
  • Voice record if you are incapable of writing on a notepad (eg. cartoon above)

Believe me, if you don’t write it, the idea may dissolve like early morning mist. Anyway, notepads are one of the fun writing tools. They come in all shapes, sizes, patterns, colours, formats, binding, shine, matte, bling, fabric and every writer loves them.

Go on. Get out there and find a new notepad. You won’t be sorry because your ideas will live.


Donna Munro is the author of The Zanzibar Moon and Kendwa's Secret, freelance writer, blogger, graphic artist, content writer, book marketer, administrator, web editor and book reader. She's been published in Take Five, The Australian Woman's Weekly, For Me, She, That's Life, Woman's Day and Club Life (as well as smaller publications). In 2017 she formed Warm Witty Publishing to self publish her debut novel 'The Zanzibar Moon'. Donna lives on the Gold Coast with her husband, youngest son and the weirdo Staffy Mahli. She adores being a grandmother but still feels young. She often joins her husband's pool cleaning business, just for fun (but is unsure if she's all that helpful). She keeps fit and has a fondness for elephants (she sponsors Tundani in Kenya) and owls. You'll often find her digging her toes in the sand while reading a novel at the beach.

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