My Own Laziness Is Conspiring Against Me

A few nights ago, I was about to fall asleep when an idea hit me.  It was an awesome idea for a post that might have worked out great since I’m running out of things to talk about while I finish the never-ending LOTR debacle.  I resolved to type out a draft of the post the next day.

Yeah, only here’s the thing: the next morning, I had forgotten what it was.

This has happened before.  I”ll be nice and cozy in bed (of course, it isn’t always in bed- it can be other places too) when WHAM!  An idea for a blog post or a plot point or what-have-you will hit me like a cannonball to the creativity.  And unless I write it down somewhere right that very instant, I’ll forget all about it the next day.  I guess it’s something about having it physically down somewhere that helps me remember.  This is why I use the Notes app on my iPod touch so often, and I usually have said iPod lying on my nightstand.

Only this time it wasn’t there.  And what was I going to do, get up and walk somewhere to find it?  Or write down the idea on paper?  “No!” declared my dominant lazy side.  “This will not stand!  I believe in my ability to retain information on my own!”

And thus, the downfall of a perfectly good post idea occurred due to my lazy side’s overconfidence in my hippocampus.*

...Too late.

It becomes a vicious cycle: every time this happens, I resolve not to let it happen again.  And the next few times I get a good idea, I succeed in putting it down somewhere before I forget it.  But then the ONE NIGHT I don’t have my handy-dandy notebook (or what-have-you) with me, the wrath of the plot bunnies takes advantage of my vulnerability and descends.  And once it does, because I instantly forget how bad this is for me, I think, “Great!  What a splendid thought!  There’s NO WAY I’ll forget a thought this awesome!  I’ll be sure to write it down in the morning!”  And then the bunnies continue on their merry way…right out of short-term memory without even bothering to convert to long-term (or whatever term is needed for recall in eight hours or so).

This, readers, does not bode well for my writing career.  What if I get a really good plot bunny and don’t record it?  I must keep something with me at all times for just such a purpose.

Unfortunately, Google chooses not to cooperate today, but I know that I heard somewhere that the brain becomes most creative when it is drowsy and about to fall asleep.  Maybe it’s something about the quiet of one’s bed.  I don’t know.  What I do know is that it’s FRUSTRATING when my neurons suddenly spark off one of these brain waves.

I suppose this is a part of life, and, like many parts of life, a learning experience.  And I have learned my lesson now: always write it down before you forget it.

You could argue that this post doesn’t really have much to do with writing or reading, but I think it’s a decent subject to talk about.  After all, many of my ideas come from unexpected plot bunnies such as these.  It’s important that we writers are prepared when they strike, and strike they will.  Hopefully we can actually get something decent out of these tiny ideas.

Happy reading!


*That would be the part of the brain where memory is stored.


8 thoughts on “My Own Laziness Is Conspiring Against Me

  1. I have this problem all the time, and it’s so frustrating. Like you, I now keep something by my bed so if inspiration hits I can write it down! This problem has also sparked my obsession with post-it notes hehe. I find the real problem is when I’m hit with inspiration during a lesson at school, then I’m pretty much screwed because I can’t write it down because I’m too busy trying to scribble the teachers musings.

    • *gasp* Post-it notes! What a great method! I love it!
      Occasionally I’ll get an idea at school, but not too often. When it does happen, though, I’ll usually scribble a quick note in my planner. I don’t find that I need to write a ton of stuff down- maybe a few words- to remember what the idea was.

  2. I can’t tell you how many times that has happened to me! I have gotten better and grabbing my phone and making a note, but sometimes the coziness of my comforter is too strong to be defeated!

  3. This ought to be called writer’s bane. I get it all the time, whether I’m music writing or writing literary stuff. I’ll think of something, then I won’t remember it. Ever. I can barely remember it even if there are millions of memory-triggering objects around. I hate it. I’m at my most brilliant while suffering from short-term memory loss.
    And this is really funny, ’cause when I write a story, I don’t remember what I wrote a day later. I know the basic outline, but if I sat down to write it again from scratch, the outcome wouldn’t be the same. It’s very strange. I’m a forgetful person.

  4. I find that I do my best creative thinking during that space from the time my head hits the pillow till I fall asleep and I, too, sometimes have troubles remembering my wonderful ideas. I keep my blackberry on my night stand and if I’m at all concerned that I won’t remember my thought or idea in the morning, I simply type out a quick note on my blackberry. 🙂

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