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« on: July 28, 2007, 07:34:11 am »

If creativity was a physical substance, writers would fight wars over it. Anyone who's had writer's block for a long period sometimes feels like fighting a war out of sheer frustration. And when you do manage to tap into your creative reservoir, it never happens while there's a keyboard at hand and a space of free time available to flesh it out in. Instead, my creative masterstrokes of late have all come in the early hours of the morning, as I lie awake cursing my bad sleeping pattern. Hardly the most condusive conditions, and these late-night eureka moments rarely get written down lucidly for next-day digestion. No- having half blinded myself by turning on the bedsight light and knocked my watch onto the floor scrabbling for a pen and paper, I then scribble down some fuzzy notes in a language more akin to Sanscrit than English, notes that really don't make much sense when I come across them the next morning. It begs the question- are they actual moments of inspiration that usually end up lost in translation, or does the tired mind merely see some inane cack as a masterstroke of ingenuity, a very different interpretation to the one you reach the next morning?

So, when does creativity come to you, and what the hell do you do about it?
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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2007, 08:36:25 am »

creativity,
comes at the hardest times as you sai d, for example when walking to school,
when its a poem i just recite it under my breath untill i have it memorised and as soon as i sit down i jot it down on the nearest surface (which can be the back of my hand) stories however i find harder as they are harder to remember sometimes i wander if i had an idea at all.
I think it comes differently for all of us.
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2007, 09:54:09 am »

All times and any place, but no usually while in front of paper (but it does sometimes (rarely) happen). I just make a mental not of them and try to remember later. Does not always work but when I do remember it is often just what I need. A pen and paper can be useful; I donít take extensive notes, just key words to jog my memory.
As I said mostly I just make a mental note, and then get frustrated when I know I had a good idea, that would really fit in with what I am writing and then I canít remember it.
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2007, 10:04:14 am »

Oh yeah - I totally agree. Even when I'm at home and doing nothing, the interval between thinking of an idea and writing it down is usually too much for my poor brain. Which is strange, 'cause I actually have a pretty good memory. Maybe it's just long-term Tongue.

That's a pretty good idea, fighting a war over creativity... huh... Wink
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2007, 10:10:56 am »

Cant remember who said it but

ĎThe pen is mightier then the swordí

Comes to mind, now where is a pen? I need to be armed.
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