20 Odd Moments When You Should Write

I just saw a post by a friend,  he promised to write stories for people because he was bored and probably lonely and horny. Now sex is both a depressant and a stimulant, I think he chose a perfect moment to write. Like sex, there are a lot of odd situations that stimulate creativity and I would like to share some odd situations where I think a writer should write. I have tried some of these moments and they really worked, in fact I am in one or more of such moments as I write this.

You can add to this list by commenting but I will just start out with my own ideas.

1.  When you are Horny: those times when your brain craves release and you feel horny, just pick a pen and write about it.
2. After a breakup: this could be a really sad time or sometimes confusing  but write.
3. When all you want to do is just sleep and do nothing.
4. When you are unemployed or broke.
5. After you fall in love.
6. While on a bus that’s travelling like a snail.
7. On the ATM queue, instead of shoving and quarrelling with others on the queue.
8. In church, when the sermon gets really boring and you feel like dozing.
9. Before a date, while you are waiting you can write instead of getting all grumpy about being stood up.
10. After sex. Your emotions could be high or low depending on the outcome so use those emotions to write.
11. After a bad quarrel with your friend or family.
12. When you are searching for something and your stress level is high.
13. After or during a training session. Like I do when I finish my writing courses on Udemy.
14. After a sad movie.
15. After a romantic movie.
16. When you get a rejection notice.
17. After getting a pay cheque.
18. When you miss your period.
19. After an HIV negative result.
20. After taking a big dump and your bowels are feeling all satisfied.

Most of us know how to write,  one major issue we have is “when to write”. The list above can help you, just identify what works for you and you can add to this list via comments.

About the Author


Damilola is co-author of Life's Chrysalis. His fiction and nonfiction works have appeared in The Naked Convos, Africa on the Blog, The Guardian News Nigeria, Sahara Reporters, Pulse NG, Viva-Naija News, and Tuck Magazine. Damilola is a past winner of the Biopage international essay contest. He offers an African perspective to stories of his lived experiences. Damilola is an IREBS for African Real Estate Doctoral Scholar at the University of Pretoria. He is also the Head of Media and Strategy at Upside Africa. He creates websites, web content, and offers, Amazon publishing, copywriting & ghostwriting services.
Find his personal blog, training resources, services, and portfolio on jonathanoladeji.com.

6 thoughts on “20 Odd Moments When You Should Write

  1. You’ve captured most of not all. I saw mysel nodding to almost everything. Writing is a form of communication and we communicate all the time so I guess, we ought to write EVERYTIME.
    Well done.

  2. You’ve captured most if not all. I saw mysel nodding to almost everything. Writing is a form of communication and we communicate all the time so I guess, we ought to write EVERYTIME.
    Well done.

  3. I agree with the list too.
    I write when I hear a new or big word. The write up in most cases isn’t even related to the new word.
    I also write when my having sessions with my psychotherapist. It’s a relief for me. I was at ICM yesterday and before I knew it I started writing a short play on Child Sexual Abuse because I heard a couple of Olamide’s old songs while waiting for a movie. That’s the weirdest for me so far.

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