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Keep a ‘Spark File’ to Brainstorm With Past Versions of Yourself

A strategy for keeping your fleeting thoughts alive indefinitely

Asian businesswoman taking notes outside while looking at a building.
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It happens to me all the time. I’ll be wiping down the kitchen counter or doing something equally mundane when I’ll get a flicker of an idea: a story to write or the premise of a book project perhaps. But then, two and half seconds later, before my…

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Michelle Woo

Michelle Woo

Author of Horizontal Parenting: How to Entertain Your Kid While Lying Down (Chronicle Books)