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Always Carry a Notebook on You

by The Procrastinating Writer on April 21, 2009

courtesy of pittaya

courtesy of pittaya

By Jennifer Blanchard

Ask any writer if they have a writer’s notebook and I almost guarantee they’ll say yes. A writer’s notebook is to a writer what a cell phone is to a business person–you can do your job without it, but you’ll do a better job if you have it.

A writer’s notebook can be used for many things, such as:

  • to make notes on your stories or poetry
  • to brainstorm ideas
  • to complete writing exercises

Having a writer’s notebook at home or at your office is good, but what about when you’re somewhere else? Like a barbecue or a baseball game? What if in the middle of the game you get an idea for a story you’re working on? Then what? Write it on a napkin?

A napkin is all well and good, but it’s better to carry a small notebook on you at all times. This way you can keep all your notes together and not risk losing them or accidentally throwing them away like you would a napkin.

I have a small, blue notebook and pen that I keep in my bag at all times, so when I come across a great story location or happen to overhear a conversation that would fit great into something I’m writing, I can quickly jot it down.

With this mini-notebook in your pocket or bag at all times, you’ll never again have to worry about forgetting a great line or a story idea. Plus you’ll now have a way to get some quick writing time in while you go through your day (waiting at the dentist’s office, in line at the drive-thru, etc).

And don’t forget a writing utensil of some kind. They sell mini-pens , too, if you want to pocket your notebook.

Do you carry a notebook with you at all times? How has it helped you? And if don’t carry one now, are you thinking about starting?

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1 DonaldEWQuist April 21, 2009 at 3:56 pm

I swear by this! I’ve kept a writers notebook on me for the last three years. I never leave home without it. I’ve got a dresser drawer full of Moleskines.

2 How I Lost Thirty Pounds in Thirty Days May 3, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Hi, nice post. I have been wondering about this issue,so thanks for writing. I’ll certainly be subscribing to your blog.

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