I re-discovered this most recently just two days ago. I had some errands to run, and decided to grab some lunch at a hamburger place while I was out. I had my iPad with me, but it seemed a bit pretentious for the location, so I grabbed the notepad I keep in the driver's side pocket of my car door, pulled my favorite pen out of my purse and walked into the restaurant.
After placing my order, I settled in to write the blog that had been rolling around in my head with my only goal being to finish it before I finished my lunch. As I wrote, new ideas kept popping up, inspiring me to start new pages, new entries, new work....when earlier that day, I'd been stuck for just one topic.
Was it the atmosphere? The change of pace or scenery? Dumb luck? The right pen?
On any day, it could be a combination of any of those things -- or none of them. All I know is that, more often than not, it works. But for some reason, I consistently forget that it does until I find myself somewhere with only a notepad and a pen.
Turns out that what I used in junior high is still all I need to get the ideas flowing.
|My current favorite pen|
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