I've got my devotional notebooks, my church notes notebooks, my doodle notebooks, school notebooks and, most importantly, my writing notebooks.
I've got two of these. If we're going to get technical, one is a binder, and the other is just one of those $0.97 standard notebooks. They don't look all that special, but on the inside, I've got all sorts of ideas. They are my "writing banks"
Since I began my book, I've read all sorts of articles and tips and each one had one particular thing in common; religiously keep a notebook. Now my binder is dedicated ONLY to my book. That's where I place most of my hand written scenes when I've had that PA-ZOW moment of inspiration. I have character development pages, notes, and some tips stuffed in there too, and that binder has really come in handy. My black notebook on the other hand contains just random writings. Poems, short little scenes, sometimes things for my book, lots of quotes, and just anything that comes to mind really. I carry that thing around with me everywhere. I've learned from being in the car a lot that you can never discount the possibility of a traffic jam or a long wait in the parking lot.
So, what are my tips for keeping up a notebook?
1) It's your notebook, and your creative side. You put whatever you want in there. I had a friend who simply FILLED her notebooks with song lyrics and thoughts. It was a pretty cool collection.
2) Keep that baby handy along with a pen. You never know when you'll get bored (hint; traffic jams. O_o) You also never know when you'll suddenly be struck with the perfect scene. My notebook has become a sort of writing treasure chest for me.
3) Add a bit of personality. Add a little color, some sticky notes, magic marker, some doodles around the border. I personally think it adds some fun to the whole thing.
That's all for today! Have a great weekend! Until next time!