When you're trying to fall asleep.
When you're nowhere near your computer and have no notebook and/or pen or even a recorder.
When you're driving!
When you're at work, in the middle of a meeting.
When you're in the shower and just got all soapy.
Seriously, what do you do!?
I was in the middle of my paper route this morning and suddenly started a dialogue between my character that I've been trying to figure out since last night. Nothing meshed, nothing worked. Then I started talking to myself in the car.
It's like I was speaking in tongues... If any other driver had seen me, they would probably assume I was on a cell phone ear bud thingy.
So what do you do in a situation like any of the above? Me, I admonished my characters like they were kids acting up in the back seat. Then everything got quiet. I felt bad.
They'll be fine.
I apologized with a chocolate eclair.
What do you do when the Muse strikes you in the oddest of times and places?