Writing’s hard, y’all. I’m not talking about everyday emails, tweets or those hostile and typically nonsensical online comments, but business documentation, communications, and social media postings that require a little more heavy lifting. I’m continually amazed by people who are masterful doctors, engineers, architects, software developers, and <insert career here>, who are insistent that they don’t need a writer because they can do it themselves equally well while maintaining their productivity and awesomeness in their regular job. To them I say, no. (Or, almost always no. There is always an exception or two.) Because writing well is not something that should be taken for granted. I certainly don’t, and I make my living by writing. I realize that because it’s something that people do every day, it’s hard to give it the respect I feel it’s due. And I’ll admit I’m biased since I’m a writer, but speaking is something we all do every day, yet I think most of us appreciate how difficult it is to be an engaging and impactful public speaker.

Which brings me, awkwardly and indirectly, to my real point. Do other writers experience the infuriating madness that I do which is having their muse visit only during the times when it’s impossible to capture the ideas that are magically coming together in their heads? For example, I come up with my best content during my showers. Or when driving in the car. But the shower, in particular, seems to produce content on a consistent basis that needs very little reworking. I’ll be in there with entire posts just writing themselves effortlessly on the fly. And I’ll repeat what I’m creating over and over to myself to help me remember the key phrasing, because to me it’s often all in the phrasing, so I can type it out as soon as I’m at my computer. I could really use some sort of waterproof device to record what I’m creating in there because it seems that when I step out of the shower, all the content goes poof and disappears. I try to recreate it, but it’s never as good. It’s never even close. And since I’m conscious, it’s not like the dreams I have where I believe I’ve come up with THE NEXT GREAT IDEA only to wake up and realize my dream was about a cheeseburger that sings.

So, what I produce is the result of hard work. It rarely comes easily. I’d like to take advantage of that muse, but I haven’t found a way yet. If you can tell me what I can use in the shower to record my thoughts, I’m very interested. But short of bringing a person into the bathroom with me to take dictation, and I’m not entertaining this solution, I’m coming up with nothing.

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Comments (15)

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      Oh my gosh! I don’t know how I missed your Aqua Notes, but those are an excellent suggestion. I can’t tell you the number of business posts and other crap I’ve had to recreate from scratch. This is terrific!

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    I have the same thing while exercising. All of a sudden, something crystallizes. Can’t really stop and take notes while flying along on my bike at 15 mph. I think our minds are relaxed when running, or in the shower (all that warm water.) If you hit upon a solution, keep us posted. And I need to tweet you a pic of my running buddy.

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      I guess it’s time for one of us to invent a solution and make millions on the invention.

      I can’t wait to see the pic of your running buddy! πŸ™‚ @scottsteph

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    I have the same problem too. Inspiration usually strikes while I’m driving or just before I fall asleep. I’ve tried dictating my ideas using speech-to-text apps but as soon as I start speaking I lose my train of thought. What I need is an app that translates thoughts to text. I wouldn’t be embarrassed to walk around with electrodes protruding from my cranium.

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      I’m with you on the electrodes. The speech-to-text doesn’t work so well for me because I obviously don’t speak clearly enough. I guess speech-to-text doesn’t get drawl.

  3. Kathy Berney


    I think Joseph is on the right track with a recording app. You can place the devise safely outside the shower. Showering makes you alert so when the great phrases come to you, peek your face outside the shower curtain and toward the recording device. Then shout out what the muse has bestowed upon you, and have the app capture it for later.

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    This totally happens to me too, so I really appreciated all the ideas in the comments. For me, part of it is mental too… like I’ll be running or showering or whatever and I’ll get an idea. I’ll briefly debate stepping out of the shower to jot it down or using the voice recorder app on my phone but then I start to think, “Wow, is this idea really so important that I have to drop everything I’m doing? It’s not the cure for cancer, me! It can wait.” So I wait. But then the idea is gone. πŸ™

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      I can relate to that, too. That happens with posts for my own blog. I’ll just rationalize that since it’s just for my blog and not for anything important, I’ll be able to recreate it, and, if not, it couldn’t have been that great anyway.

  5. Kay


    I’m with ya. I often get ideas or phrases right as I’m getting close to sleep, and then I debate with myself whether it’s worth it to get my phone and write something down or just go to sleep, damn it, and most likely not remember it tomorrow. Sigh. Let us know how the aqua notes work out, if you try them!

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