Me and My Notebook

I know it sounds crazy but I’ve never used a spiral notebook for a writing project.  Each book has come out differently: the first was handwritten with a fountain pen on legal pads without any outlining or character sketches that I can remember (which might account for the blithering, blathering, circuitous route I followed before finally calling it finished); the second was outlined in part on a dry erase board and then written longhand and via word processing; the third and fourth were born through notes jotted notes here and there, some in a composition book divided into sections for PLOT and CHARACTER and DIALOGUE, others on loose leaf paper clumped together on a clipboard before getting transferred to a computer file. 

Even though I haven’t finished revising the fourth book and even though I usually don’t move onto a new project until I’ve completed the old (at least a draft), this time I’m doing just that.  I hope it doesn’t mean the death of Book Four but regardless, I’ve been swept away by a new idea ALL of which I’m scribbling in my blue notebook.  Willy nilly.  I’m dating stuff as I write it and do have full pages set aside for character notes but mostly I’m just letting it rip.

Right now I’m having great fun.  And that’s my main concern these days.

                     

18 thoughts on “Me and My Notebook

  1. YAY for fun. There’s nothing more inspiring than a new notebook. (I use legal pad, but same idea.) Still with the fountain pen? I usually use pencils–old fashioned number 2s. Delightful!

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    • New notebooks are the best, aren’t they? So much potential there. The fountain pen was good because the part I threw away (ink cartridge) was so much smaller than if I’d had to throw away an entire ballpoint. Unfortunately, the pen wore out and they stopped making it. So then I started buying pen refills but lots of those are crappy so ended up being a waste. Sigh. I like number 2.5 pencils for editing but the writing doesn’t flow as well for me plus I press so hard that it smears. Picky, picky…….

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  2. Oh, I love a clean, empty notebook! I’ve been a journal-er most of my life and am actually very particular about my notebooks, but I do love them. My first draft of LAME was written in a composition notebook with Tweety Bird on the cover.
    Yes, have fun!!!

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    • Tweety Bird on the cover! That would be a fun image to kick-start the writing. I love composition books and always have one in my pack for a journal but I realized it made sense to have all my specific project in one place. Doh! I’ve discovered I like how a spiral lies flat instead of having that composition book seam/gutter.
      All these years on the planet and I’m still making wondrous discoveries. HA

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  3. Oh, I love a clean, empty notebook! I’ve been a journal-er most of my life and am actually very particular about my notebooks, but I do love them. My first draft of LAME was written in a composition notebook with Tweety Bird on the cover.

    Yes, have fun!!!

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  4. Notebooks! You can never have too many. I like Pilot needle-point (extra-fine) pens. I’m a lefty. I used to love cartridge pens, but my palm was always blue.
    Fun is good. I can’t wait to hear more. (When it’s time to tell, of course.) Book four won’t go anywhere.

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    • I didn’t know you’re a lefty. Zippy is, too, so I understand about that smearing issue. Those Pilot pens are good and I found one in a gym where Zebu was having basketball practice (score!) but I’m afraid it’s near the end of its life. I did find a cheapo ballpoint a few weeks ago that would just glide across the paper but it finally croaked. Never fear, I also have a pallet of PaperMates that I bought at Costco. Oops.
      I look forward to sharing my fun as soon as I can. And thanks for the reminder that book four isn’t going anywhere.

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  5. Notebooks! You can never have too many. I like Pilot needle-point (extra-fine) pens. I’m a lefty. I used to love cartridge pens, but my palm was always blue.

    Fun is good. I can’t wait to hear more. (When it’s time to tell, of course.) Book four won’t go anywhere.

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  6. Tweety Bird on the cover! That would be a fun image to kick-start the writing. I love composition books and always have one in my pack for a journal but I realized it made sense to have all my specific project in one place. Doh! I’ve discovered I like how a spiral lies flat instead of having that composition book seam/gutter.

    All these years on the planet and I’m still making wondrous discoveries. HA

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  7. I didn’t know you’re a lefty. Zippy is, too, so I understand about that smearing issue. Those Pilot pens are good and I found one in a gym where Zebu was having basketball practice (score!) but I’m afraid it’s near the end of its life. I did find a cheapo ballpoint a few weeks ago that would just glide across the paper but it finally croaked. Never fear, I also have a pallet of PaperMates that I bought at Costco. Oops.

    I look forward to sharing my fun as soon as I can. And thanks for the reminder that book four isn’t going anywhere.

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  8. I used to use spiral ones like that all the time. Then I got intimidated by so much space to fill up. Now I use steno pads. No pressure. 🙂
    Having fun IS the most important part but it’s hard to remember sometimes, isnt’ it?

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    • I absolutely understand the intimidation factor but since I tend to write big and scrawly-like, I fill up the pages pretty quickly. I’d run right off the edge of a steno pad.
      Maybe we should tattoo REMEMBER THE FUN on our foreheads!

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      • I have times like tht too, when I write big and scrawly, and then I pull out those old yellow legal pads. One thing I’m discovering though, as I get old and my arm is so out of whack, I can’t go crazy with the writing by hand too fast because I can’t read anything the next day. 🙂

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  9. I used to use spiral ones like that all the time. Then I got intimidated by so much space to fill up. Now I use steno pads. No pressure. 🙂

    Having fun IS the most important part but it’s hard to remember sometimes, isnt’ it?

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  10. I absolutely understand the intimidation factor but since I tend to write big and scrawly-like, I fill up the pages pretty quickly. I’d run right off the edge of a steno pad.

    Maybe we should tattoo REMEMBER THE FUN on our foreheads!

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