Ideas pop into my head all the time. On the way to work, when I'm playing with my cat, even when I'm trying to fall asleep which makes it really challenging because I then have to choose whether to wake up enough to write the ideas down or hope that I will remember them in the morning. They will even pop up in the most unexpected places...like the shower...where I don't usually hang a notebook to write down those ideas, so I have to do the next best thing...
You know what I mean. I have to keep chanting those ideas to myself in the hope that they hang around long enough for me to dry off! Then it's time to grab to a notebook and write that idea down...but wait! Here comes another one!
Maybe I should take up meditation where I work on emptying my mind of all thoughts. I wouldn't have to worry about keeping pen and paper handy. I wouldn't be slipping on the bathroom floor in my mad dash to write those ideas down. At last I would find my "inner peace" and not have to deal with all those pesky ideas popping into my head all the time.
But wait, you say. Aren't writers supposed to be eager for those ideas? Aren't we SUPPOSED to be full of ideas?
Yes, we are. Writers' careers depend on the nonstop flow of new thoughts and ideas popping up all the time. To create stellar work depends on stellar ideas and it's up to writers to not let them get away. It's just that sometimes in our rush to write everything down we don't actually take a moment to simply breathe. To slow down long enough to be able to know which ideas are worth keeping and which ideas might bog us down and prevent us from actually writing.
So while I try to hold on to a touch of serenity during my hectic writing moments, I still have my butterfly net ready for the next idea that zings past me. Pop on, ideas, pop on!