The Many Works of Pat Hatt
We all have ideas floating through our head at some point during the day. Now they may not be good ideas and they may not even be original ideas, but ideas are there. For most people though, unless it is important to them, they just let it go. That is all fine and dandy when you don’t have to write about anything. Well maybe not for a work assignment. Or if you are that guy writing up the teleprompter for a newscaster. You wouldn’t want to have a brain fart(oopsy said fart again, bring out the pitch forks) writing that. Then the poor newscaster wouldn’t have a clue what to say. Hmm okay, maybe not everyone has ideas in their head. If you don’t, there is a career for you, become a newscaster. You can thank me later.
Anyway, ideas always pop in to a writer’s head, unless you are one who believes in the dreaded writer’s block. Then you may need to moonlight as a newscaster every now and then. Why am I picking on newscasters? Beats me, but let’s just go with it. The idea will flow and you know it is really good. You get everything finished up around you and then go to jot it down, oopsy, you have forgot it.
So the question is, should you have stopped what you are doing and jotted the idea down? In most cases yes may be the answer. You may say yes right now. But what if you are changing a dirty diaper or putting out a fire or the dog is eating cat leftovers out of the litter box? Do you stop and jot the idea down then? I mean what’s the worst that could happen? Your house could burn down, it’s just a house. Your baby could leave you another present, normal body function. Your dog could cough up a not so hairy hairball, don’t step in it. But you still got your idea down.
I guess all of this was just a round about way of asking do you write it down? Yeah, took me long enough to get to it huh? No need to wonder where the cat gets his mouthy-ness from. Hey, maybe I just wanted to insult newscasters everywhere. All they give is bad news anyway. So remember, after stopping everything to jot your idea down watch where you step. Those not so hairy hairballs can still be quite mushy between your toes.
Enjoy life, forget the strife.