By Pamela Moeng
I have a dusty copy of The Artist's Way on my bookshelf but though I did work through a great part of the book, the morning pages were never easy for me to sustain. I also tried carrying a little notebook around to write down observations, bits of conversations, descriptions of people, places and emotion, but alas the notebook also found itself being maimed for grocery lists, telephone numbers, impromptu map drawing and doodling to entertain toddlers, etc.
I tried scraps of paper, which I held onto until they were dirty and worn, but for some inexplicable reason none of these methods for capturing thought like butterflies on a summer's day worked long for me.
Email on my BBFF works well, but it doesn't have the same frisson of pen on paper. I can only imagine the sensual pleasure of dipping quill pen into a bottle of luscious indigo ink and carefully putting thought to parchment back in the day. Somehow the click-click of BB keys is not half as satisfying.
I'd really like to know what tricks other writers use to capture thoughts, elusively slipping into and out of mind so softly, to prevent them from sliding away before they can be tamed into elegant prose or lyrical poetry.
Anyone care to share?