Like other writers I have a habit of coming up with ideas in the oddest places at the oddest times. You know, like in the shower, in the car, in the middle of the night, during a parent/teacher conference or a boring meeting. It's usually at a highly inconvenient time when I am not able to fully realize the thought. That's why I carry a small notebook.
Because if I don't write it down, it never happened.
I was explaining my "process" to a colleague who does not write and I am proud to say that I only interrupted her twice to jot down a good idea. When I was finished she looked me dead in the eye and said "So you are endangering the lives of others with your writing?"
Of course referring to me jotting a quick note down in my notebook while driving. I tried to explain that I try to only do it at stoplights but I wasn't sure was convinced.
Either that or she was somehow implying that my words were endangering others.