Thoughts and brain dumps

Thoughts and brain dumps

By Andy Hawthorne. Words, photos, code and running…

18 Dec 2019

Creativity: getting Something Down

Reading time: 2 minute(s) - 400 words

You can make all the plans in the world. But in the end, it’s sometimes best to get something down.

Let me explain…

Earlier today I got the idea for a blog post about coming up with post ideas. I wasn’t thinking on the subject - it popped into my head when I was doing something else.

That’s how ideas work sometimes, though, right? They just appear.

I opened Bear (my preferred notes app) and jotted down the thought. I also added a few explanatory notes - while they were there (key point - we’ll come back to that).

Then, this evening, I sat down and wrote this post.

I know, big deal, so what, who cares?

Ideas need capturing

They do, Else they bugger off maybe never to return. I hate that. I’d rather catch the thought, jot it down and then decide later that it’s shite. Because then I can bin it, reshape it or develop it.

The point being: I have the choice.

If I didn’t capture it at the time, I might have lost a great idea. Or a solution to a problem or…

You get the idea.

Ideas become… stuff

An idea, no matter how rough, will (with work) become something. Whether it’s words in a blog post. Or code for your latest project. I learned a long time ago not to let them go to easily.

You get the best answers to problems youa re trying to solve while you are NOT thinking about them.

That raw brain processing is a valuable resource if you know how to tap it.

Ideas go missing

I mentioned earlier that capturing the idea when they happen is key. Because they do have the habit of drifting off into the ether. That’s why I use the same app on my phone, tablet and Mac. Keeping notes is the way to go.

Make sure you capture the good stuff

I should mention that when you capture the idea, make sure it’s complete. It sounds obvious, I know. But the number of times I’ve looked at a note and thought: what the hell was this about?


Anyway, ideas are the lifeblood of creative roles. Capture them, even if they sound shit. Because you never know…

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