Writing, Life, I need my pen...

For a writer, one of the worst things that can happen to you is to have an idea hit you when you have no access to a writing utensil. I can’t help it- it’s the truth. You can’t always remember what you want to write. You can’t remember what emotion you were trying to convey. In fact, later, you really can’t remember much about it at all, no matter how hard you try. It’s really stupid. Inspiration shouldn’t be allowed to hit you anywhere but in the shower or when you have access to write out whatever you need to write out- illogical, of course, and hardly ever, ever happens.If I’m in the middle of something, it is utterly impossible to be distracted and come back to it. The magic is lost. It truly is magic when you get the opportunity to write. I mean, even though “a picture is a thousand words,” words are so complicated and yet so simple at the same time that you absolutely have to respect them. Words demand the respect that so many people refuse to give. It doesn’t make sense. Life doesn’t make sense. Well, neither does speech, words… everything else in life. It’s not supposed to make sense. It’s so stupid, but I’m so used to it that really, I no longer actually care.
But I do stand by this one statement- I hate it, absolutely hate it, when there isn’t a pencil lying around and I have an idea so fresh on my mind that it has to be written down or it will be lost together. Like right now, like I’m typing this right after my Spanish speaking final. I was thinking about this because there was something that I wanted to write. It took a different direction, I typed this out in five minutes, and therefore just wrote a beautiful paper describing a very emotional experience…





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Thinker said...
Mar. 22, 2011 at 3:02 pm
I agree with you 100%!!  In my family, I am the only writer.  No one understands that I CAN'T BE INTERUPTED!  When my siblings burst in, I lose my train of thought and the current thread to my story, and I can't get back on track.  And when they tell me to come wash the dishes?  I'll forget what I was even working on!
 
TheHandThatWieldsThePen said...
Aug. 17, 2009 at 8:55 pm
Okay, this is always happening to me. But I've taken a few precautions. When you're at school, doing homework or chores, or just pacing in your room, that's not usually a problem, but when you're in bed...that's an issue. I used to keep a notebook and pencil under my pillow, but its hard to write in the dark, and even harder to decipher what you've written in the morning. So, I purchased a cheap, but decent digital voice recorder that i bring EVERYWHERE!! It's a life sav... (more »)
 
SaraB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 24, 2009 at 11:55 pm
I know exactly what you mean, that happens to me all the time. People tell us to just "always keep something to write with then" but that doesn't always work. This piece is the story of my life.
 
Amber1994 said...
Jul. 4, 2009 at 5:32 pm
I totally agree I always get amazing ideas for writing when im in the car or lying in bed. I have no way to completly remember it later, therefore my ideas have slipped into thin air. Great Job!
-please check out my poetry-
 
unearthlyhaphazard said...
Jul. 3, 2009 at 12:07 am
I can totally relate! I hate that feeling! Awesome piece! I agree with Anne K. Totally random, but LOVED IT!!!
 
Natalie said...
Jul. 2, 2009 at 10:11 pm
wow ive been reading your stuff latley and you are really good. you have this beautifal way of ryming thatisnt to cheesy or thought out. keep on writing allen.
 
Anne K. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 29, 2009 at 1:56 pm
I completely agree with you. Writing really is magic, but ideas can quickly be lost when our 'magic wands' (pencils) aren't around. Five minutes did give you something random, but I love it!
 
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