Reality Blog: Become a Lightning Farmer


How many times have you heard the best writing ideas come while you’re in the shower?

Well… a couple of months ago, I was in the shower shampooing my hair when a new idea hit me out of the blue.

It was such an absolute lightning strike that I actually opened my eyes and reached for a pen. Of course, the shower is one of the few places where I don’t keep a notepad and pen…

But once I’d cleared my eyes of the shampoo (and blinked away the accompanying sting), I came scrambling out in my housecoat, my hair streaming wet, so I could write my idea down before I forgot it.

Inspiration is a precious thing. It doesn’t strike often, and you can’t pick when, where, or how it’ll hit. It will rock your world for a few seconds, but it often disappears just as fast.

Which is why it’s so important to have systems in place to create and capture your best ideas.

Farming Lightning

Ideas and solutions to problems strike when and where they will. The bigger the idea, the more inconvenient the moment they choose to pop into your brain (at least, it sure seems that way). But you can cultivate the inspiration-rich atmosphere necessary to grow ideas, and you can be ready to harvest those ideas when they emerge out of nowhere.

In essence, you can become a lightning farmer.

“How Do You Come Up with Ideas?”

Heather Robson asked me that question last week during my first interview as the Reality Blogger. At first, I just thought of it as a normal kind of question, but as I was trying to come up with a good answer, an interesting thought struck me.

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Suzanna Fitzgerald

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