Occasionally you’ll hear about writers who keep notepads next to the bed so that when they wake up in the middle of the night with a brilliant idea, it can be jotted down, no problem.
Usually the issue is that most of us can’t read a word we wrote come morning. Ha! Kind of defeats the purpose, but it doesn't usually stop us.
I rarely have these middle-of-the-night AHA! moments, but every once in a while I do and actually have the presence of mind to jot them down. When I was moving recently, I found one of these notes tucked away in my nightstand.
In case you can't read that, it says S.R. blew into the V Inc office like a gust from a Cat 5 hurricane. The door slammed against its stopper, rattling the - glass. "The Lone Ranger is back." Hurry.
Some of you might recognize what this turned into. It’s the opening paragraph of ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, the third book in the Lucy Valentine series. It was fascinating for me (having forgotten all about the note) to take a peek at the book and see how my words changed from initial thought to revised, polished published book. Here it is:
I think I might have to get it that little post-it framed, don’t you?