|Tink my co-pilot.|
I wish my mind didn’t freeze up when I click a tape recorder on.
Years ago when I told my mom that I carried a notepad and pen with me in the car to jot down story ideas when they came to me, she bought me a mini tape recorder. She didn’t like the idea of me driving and writing in the notebook.
The only problem with having the tape recorder, is no matter how I tried to outfox myself, as soon as I heard the “click” of the button to start the recording, my mind would go completely blank. It’s as if I can’t think of things to say if I’m not using a pen or a keyboard.
As much traveling(driving myself with Tink as my co-pilot) I do, I could get so much more writing done if I could just talk and have my stories on tape and then plug that into my computer and have it transcribed for me to then go through and clean it up.
I imagine there are such technological devices available, if only my mind wouldn’t freeze at the thought.
I’ve mapped out scenes while driving. Had scenes play in my head between characters to show me more about them, also scenes from their past that will never get into the book other than as a mention to show the reader a more rounded character or why they act like they do in certain situations.
Story ideas have come to me while driving along, sometimes because of things I see, or people I meet at rest areas or small towns. As a writer everything around me is fodder for stories, and I keep my mind open to all possibilities. I take photos, I jot down snippets of a person’s description, or a phrase I heard. If a town, building, or area captures my attention, I take photos, write my impressions and file it away for future use.