Ever got stuck writing something and wished for a box of enchanting words and ideas to fill the lines. Now what if I told you that you could have that box of enchanting goodies right with you, wherever you go. This enchanting box of ideas is called a “Notebook” or a Writer’s Notebook. It literally contains interesting ideas that would give you a hand when your stuck.
A notebook also known as a Writer’s Notebook is a book used to collect facts and fictions, observations from every day life, quotes, to do list, nice words, things you find fascinating or amazing and things you imagine. Every writer needs to start a writer’s notebook as they are the best things since slice bread 😜.
Personally, I love all kinds of notebooks from mole skin notebooks to spiral notebooks, hard back books and so on. I love to keep all types of pretty notebooks for future use, or at least that’s what I tell myself. You might consider using;
- A traditional school exercise book
- A hard back notebook with plain paper
- Lined paper collected and arranged in a file
- Your tablet,smart phone or laptop
What Goes Into My Notebook 😒😒 ??
There are tons and tons of stuff to fill your notebook with, lets get right into it.
These are bits of details about a character, this could be from observing people around you. Such details could be their appearance, their manner of speaking, the way they smell- like a distinctive perfume, or the smell of fried fish on someone’s clothes. Such details and many more form sketches for your future characters. More on character building, read this
This are my all time favorites, beautiful words from your imagination or from other writers to inspire you.
Now this are very useful , this can be a list of things to do for the day for your story, book or a to do list for your household daily activities like grocery shopping or a list of ideas, you name it. Lists can help to keep you organised as well.
Compliments / Kudos/ Nice Words
So you got a compliment from your spouse that made your day feel like cookies and rainbows or a high five from your boss at work and it sounded really nice, be sure to jot it down, it may just come in handy.
So you have a lot of short & long term goals that don’t seem to achieve itself, getting it on paper is the first step yo achieving it, so go ahead and write your goals in your notebook.
Life lessons /Thoughts
We learn new things about life every day, so when life teaches you something be sure to put in ink. Your thoughts on a particular condition or situation in the society should be written down as well !!!
So your a Poet with a creative mind or you just love poems, write it down !!
Short Story Ideas/Prompts
Every once in a while, a story idea pops into your head and bounces around for a while, grab your notebook and ink and put that idea down, it won’t be there for long !!. More on short stories,read this
You have a beautiful scenery with great characters and plot in mind, put it down as you can connect the dots of your story pieces later to develop into a masterpiece 😊😊.
Your notebook an also be used as a diary to write about your favorite personal moments, stories and life experiences.
Useful Writing Resources & Tools
As writers, we all love an extra hand from technology and they are a lot of tools that can help your writing. So you can jot down your favorite writing tools and resources or recommended tools from other writers as this can prevent you from getting overwhelmed on what tool or resource to use. I love to call this my tool box .
Book Cover/Graphic Inspirations
Your book cover is one of your unique selling points, It sells your story before it’s even bought. So when you get inspired to do a book cover design or graphic, feel free to put down for future reference.
Uses Of A Notebook
Keeping Track Of Useful Details
Taking notes of details of the appearance of people who pick your interest should become a habit, people you see on the street or when you go out, as this helps to create character sketches. Write down any interesting and unusual details that strike you about people you see around you in your notebook. These notes may help you to create characters you will be imagining and writing about in the weeks to come. They may at some point, form the basis for a short story.
Creating Your Own Space
Every writer needs to start a “writer’s” notebook to collect facts and fictions, observations from everyday life and things you imagine. Your notebook, or journal should be with you at all times so that you can jot down anything that strikes you as interesting or unusual and anything you might want to remember to come back to later.
Trying Out New Ideas
With your notebook your free to do whatever you want. Your notebook will become a secret testing ground, for trying out ideas, phrases, mini-stories and scenes, bits of dialogue, all in complete freedom with the knowledge that if things don’t work, no one sees these trial runs but you. Over time, your notebook will prove invaluable.
It’s especially useful for noting down characters that you might want to develop later.Make notes in a way that suits you so that you, so that you can do it wherever you are on the train, bus, in cafe’s, at home or work. Make your notebook a place you like going to. It’s your own space, so experiments are allowed, enjoy !!!.
Now finally, you have a good idea why you need a notebook and just a tip you can use whatever you want as a notebook, but start right away,start seeing the world as a writer.If you have more ideas why you need a notebook,tell me in the comment section. Good luck !!!
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