Writers love notebooks. LOOOOVE notebooks. Writers send notes to their own notebooks that say: I LIKE YOU, DO YOU LIKE ME, CIRCLE Y N
Though I write my fictions via laptop, I possess plenty of paper pads for poly purposes. Say that a few times fast. Let’s take a tour, shall we?
This was the notebook for my first novel. I went gooey-eyed for it at Barnes & Noble way back in 2011, when my story was still just a wittle wriggling spermatozoid in my brain. The woman on the cover ended up perfectly representing my daydreamy protagonist.
These are my current (and, alas, much more bland) notebooks, full of brainstorms and outlines for my second novel. They also have notes from my critique group meetings. Not sure why I went the mediocre route for these covers. Probably just needed paper pronto and these were available.
These are my dream journals. No, not the sappy “I dream that one day I will blabbity bloopity etc etc” kind of dreams. I mean “So last night I dreamed my arms were made of noodles and my 9th grade math teacher was trying to eat them” kind of dreams. 😀 I love dreams. They’re like the kid version of ourselves telling us a story.
Alright, this is the sappy one. This is ~*~My Happy Journal~*~ where I list all the little things that make my heart splooshy. I’ve been gradually adding to it since 2013 and I’m at #556 now. Probably 500 of them are about my dog.
Here’s where I store beautiful quotes I’ve come across. Yup, another sappy one. I AM A BIG FAT MAPLE TREE, OKAY. The text on the front reads: “She decided to free herself , dance into the wind, create a new language. And birds fluttered around her, writing ‘yes’ in the sky.” ❤
Where I jot down interesting facts learned from nonfiction reads. #nerd
My to-do pads! Bossy Zebra keeps me on track.
Last but not least, my lil miscellaneous notebook. It’s “anything goes” with this one. Last use was for writing library locations of Ralph Waldo Emerson. His books, not the actual person. He’s dead. And in a cemetery, not a library. That would smell.
Tell me about your notebooks! Do you have different ones for different uses, a bunch of randoms, or a big Goliathy monarchbook for EVERYTHING? Or do you not use paper – an app, instead? Your hand? Shave reminders onto the cat, perhaps?