I have had to make a number of long car journeys recently, and I’ve found that while my body and one part of my mind are occupied with driving, there’s another part of my mind that’s freed to churn over ideas and come up with stories and characters.
In the past, if something really worthwhile occurred to me, I would have to either pull over to make a note or try to remember the details until I reached my destination. Now, however, I’ve come up with a new way of working.
When I’m driving, I leave my mobile phone on the passenger seat. That way, when I get inspired, I can simply say, “Siri, take a note…” and then dictate my idea to my phone without taking my eyes off the road or my hands off the wheel.
And the best part is, as my phone and desktop are synched, those notes will be waiting for me on my computer when I get home.