Traveling Ideas

I keep getting these ideas when I’m traveling. I don’t have to be traveling far. They come when I’m walking the sidewalk. While crossing the street. On the subway. In an elevator. Climbing flights of stairs. Last week, they were flooding through me while I traveled in a crowded train on tracks running north alongside the Hudson River.

The ideas are moving, you see. If I don’t go running to catch them, they’ll leave me behind. They sure do not want to wait until the end of September, when I’ll be free of deadlines and ready to pay them attention. They’re trying to get me to chase them. The thing is, I don’t want them to stop. Each time I get closer and closer into the novel. The next one could push me over the edge and I want to be pushed, I want over this edge. How can I keep them coming? Clearly we should book that trip to Vancouver.

4 responses to “Traveling Ideas”

  1. I get ideas all the time when I travel. I am currently working on a short story and I had several ideas come to my while I was driving my daughter around at 3:00 AM last night, trying to get her to fall back asleep. I kept running the ideas in my head over and over again so I wouldn’t forget.


  2. This happens to me every day. It’s frustrating, I know. I once had a professor who suggested voice recording as a way to deal with this problem (when in the car), but I don’t think that works well for city life, unless you don’t mind the stares and the public sharing. I try to carry a notebook and jot things down for later. Mostly I think that I couldn’t possibly forget, and then I do.


  3. It’s like going out to buy jeans, and coming home with a bag of shirts. Life just never seems to go to plan. 🙂

    I side with elizabeth on the advice–try a notebook and jotting ideas down (I email myself the ideas on my crackberry, or in desperate situations, write them on the back of my hand).


  4. I do the same thing. I just came back from LA and it was nice to be on a plane where I could write things down. (As opposed to the car, where it is dangerous to write things down as I drive.)


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