Ever try to sit down and write or create something creatively, and then be interrupted?
I think everyone has had it happen. Some people can put down the pen and keep the thought. It never seems to work that way for me, though.
I start on something, and then there’s an interruption, and the thought disnintegrates. There’s no immediate return to the thought, no picking up where I left off. The thought is interrupted, and so I now have to go through and gather all the motes of thought that remain, put them back together and hope it’s still of value.
There’s always, I feel, a loss there. Much like if you were to drop a valuable artifact, glue it back together, and then try to put it it into a museum as an exhibit.
With an exhibit, though, there are people who have learned methods to “restore” broken artifacts using processes that are far better, more accurate, and let the artifact retain it’s intrinsic apparent value far better than what I could manage with time and Elmer’s glue.
I wonder if there’s a corollary. A process by which I could “pause the scene” without thinking too hard, something that I could teach myself to do to the point that it’s instinctive, which would allow me to retain the thought.
I’m sure that any such process would be generally individual in nature, and that what works for one may not work for another. I think I’m going to have to seek such a process, though.
Any suggestions? What works for you?