Note: I know the title is a bit much but stick with me for a second and all will become clear.
Yuvi is a self-proclaimed failed writer, which sucks. But thankfully he has taken all the “free time” that comes with being a failed writer to create an entire series of rather insightful, often helpful and blissfully geeky videos that encourage hacks like me to find ways to write crap1.
Now, I bet you’re probably still wondering about what this all has to do with the whole mass transportation and restroom bit, so let me elaborate (or more likely clarify). One of my favorite Yuvi videos, Writing a Novel When Busy introduces the idea of taking advantage of the bathroom stall at work to get little bursts of writing done. Over long periods of time, you can string these scraps (or scribblings as Yuvi calls them) together to create blog posts, short stories or, if you’re feeling plucky, a novel.
Sadly, the after many awkward attempts it became clear the restroom was not for me, but the idea of short creative spurts stuck with me. As a card-carrying member of the ADHD club, complete with the add-on goldfish memory, I often would come up with ideas and lose them just as quickly. What started as quickly capturing ideas in Simplenote became full-on writing sessions on the finest B trains that NYC has to offer. I started by writing titles and quick, sentence-long summaries and ended up writing entire posts while riding the rails. In fact, the two most popular posts on this site were both written while standing between fellow commuters on the way to and from work.
While it may take some time and some experimentation, find your bathroom stall. Find those places and take time to capture and expand upon your ideas. You’ll be surprised at what you can actually create in those brief moments and I guarantee you that when you take a step back and look, you’ll be amazed at how big of a creation you can make in even the most cramped of spaces.
Thanks Yuvi, I’m sure everyone appreciates that… ↩