Do you have a writers notebook? Do you know what a writers notebook is? It’s kind of self explanatory really, it’s a notebook to write random ideas, research, advice, pictures, anything that inspires you, or that you don’t want to forget.
I love my notebook, this is what it looks like
It’s A5, lined, hardback, and I take it everywhere with me, I mean EVERYWHERE, I always have it. If I loose it I will definitely have some sort of breakdown!
There is no specific notebook you HAVE to use for this, you can pick anyone you like.
BUT….you must love it! Hear me out, if you don’t love it, you won’t use it, it needs to be perfect, so spend some time choosing. If you need some pointers on choosing a writers notebook, check out my list below.
Things to look for in a writers notebook –
- Aesthetics, let’s be honest, it’s got to look appealing to you
- Lines, plain, square or dots? Personally I’m a lined paper kind of gal, but I like the lines to be very specific, thin, but not too thin and the line drawing not to be too harsh. Picky picky picky! I hit the jackpot with mine, the lines are uneven!
- Paperback or hardback? I have a paperback one for a specific trilogy I’m working on and a hardback one for my actual writers notebook
- Weight. If I’m honest, mine is a little heavy (don’t tell it I said that!) but I refuse to change it, or stop adding to the weight by sticking things in it!
- Paper weight. You don’t want any of that thin, see through rubbish, you want a fine upstanding thickness that can hold all your writery secrets!
That brings us onto what to put in said notebook. The true answer is anything you want but this is what I tend to put in it,
- Words I like or ones that are new to me
- Word or phrase origins
- Research, for me there is a bit on forensic stuff and stuff about demons etc
- Part conversations. Now, you know when you have a conversation happening in your head and you have no idea what characters they are or where the conversation comes from? Write it down! Just because it doesn’t make sense now doesn’t mean it won’t make sense in the future
- Book or story ideas
- Character ideas
- Other people’s ideas (you know, the ones you find on Pinterest and stuff)
- Prompts, your own or others
- Overheard conversations (eavesdropping is wrong…….but I still do it)
- Pictures of celebrities that may appear in your future stories, or just because you fancied some eye candy!
- Newspaper headlines
There is literally no end to what you can put in it, stick tickets or receipts in it if you want to, it’s YOUR notebook, your choice.
Here are a couple of pages from mine,
As you can see I stick pieces of advice in mine too.
So there you go! It’s like having all your bestest thoughts in one place.
Guard it with your life! Got questions? Sure, give me a shout!
See you soon!