1. Everything inspires you
Literally everything. You look at the clouds and think, Hmm, I could write something about this. Then you look at mud and think the same. Then you look at leaves, and trees, and shoes, and paper. Everything starts to inspire you and you feel so overwhelmed and have too much to write about but only two hands. Besides, sometimes all the ideas don’t always go together which means you have to note them down to fit in somewhere else. The result? Genius bits of written work that don’t fit in anywhere.
2. Writer’s block
The most dreaded thing of all. You sit down to write but alas! Where are the words? This is horrible especially when you write for a living and can’t think of anything to write about. But it works sometimes – you end up writing about having nothing to write about. Mother of irony.
3. The best ideas come only when:
You are lying in bed, or brushing your teeth in a zombie-like state, or showering. Basically, any time you don’t have a pen and paper on you. Obviously, unless you’re different from most of us, you won’t have a pen and paper on hand while performing any of the afore-mentioned activities. So you try repeating the phrase or idea that you came up with so you won’t forget it, but forget it anyway.
4. You write in your dreams
I’m pretty sure this has happened to some of you. You’re dreaming and you write the most amazing poem ever and you read it out in your dream and you keep thinking to yourself that this is what the world is going to remember you for. Chances are that you will probably forget this amazing poem when you wake. If you do happen to remember it, you will write it down and realize with horror that this amazing poem is actually… crap.
5. Bits and pieces everywhere
Sometimes, like a flash of lightning, a genius line or two hit you and you write it down on an old receipt you found on your desk. This goes into your drawer. Then another flash of lightning strikes and you write on a paper that you later stow away in your wallet. Another you keep in a book. Another in your bag. What do you end up with? Poems and story plots and one-liners hiding in every corner. I just decided to clean out my room and keep all of these papers with poems scribbled on them in one place. I found poems in my folder, in my draw, in my book shelf, on my dresser, and there are more on my shelf. There are several more notes on my laptop in random notepad files, and even more on my mobile phone and tablet. Getting them all to be in one place is going to be one heck of a task.
6. You always carry pen and paper with you
This is in case you are in the bus or train, or just waiting somewhere, and you suddenly feel like writing. I’ve almost always got pen and paper in my purse. Shopping receipts that I throw in there are usually what I use for writing. Soon enough, it feels odd to leave without it. Smartphones have lessened the need for this, but writing on paper has a feel of its own.
7. The one time you forget your pen…
You are filled with inspiration from the heavens to compose a sonnet that mankind will remember until the end of time.