Getting ideas

I’m driving (well, weaving) down the road as I search with my fingers for a blank 3-by-5-inch index card from the pile I keep tucked between the front seats. I’ve just gotten another idea for an article — or essay or blog — and want to write it down before I forget.

I frequently get writing ideas while driving, but I also get them while running on the treadmill or using an exercise bike. From what other writers have told me, repetitive movements (walking, knitting, etc.) seem to generate ideas.

 When do you get your ideas? While jogging? While washing the dishes?

What do you do with an idea once you get it? Write it down? Record it on a digital recorder? Forget it?

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