Monday, December 16, 2013

Writing Tips - Your Writer's Notebook

Have you started a Writer's Notebook?

You haven't?

Just how long have you been writing? That long, eh? And no Writer's Notebook?

Well, let's get down to business here and see what we can do about this lapse in your library.

Your Writer's Notebook is something totally different than your journal or diary or whatever you call the notebook you write about your feelings or thoughts.

You may even have a journal that you write in your writing ideas and tips. Good to have.

Your Writer's Notebook is probably a binder of sorts. Something that you can open and close and move papers around. You can either add separators and dividers to help organize the information you keep in it.

What is the purpose of a Writer's Notebook? Why to help support your writing, of course.

It would probably have a collection of posts, articles, and maybe even motivational quotes about how to improve your writing skills and techniques. Hey, you might even find a blog post from this blog to put in there. (No pressure, okay?)

If you're working on a writing project, it may be the first thing when you open your Writer's Notebook. That information may change as your projects do. You may have other sections based on your current project, such as Characters, Motivation, Setting, Description, Theme, Point of View, etc.

Now, I've given you an image of a binder. However, every writer is different, thus their Writer's Notebook could be different.

Heck, it might not even be a physical binder at all, but a folder on a computer with a ton of files.

Whatever suits you and your busy world. Just so long as you always have some sort of paper to write on at all times and a pen or pencil to write with. Then you can transfer the notes you've written into your notebook at the end of the day, or whenever you get a chance.

I really wasn't busting your chops here, when it comes to having a Writer's Notebook. It's something important to have to organize your projects, writing information, etc. It helps you find the information faster when you're looking for it.

Okay, so who is going to be the first to run out and get themselves a 3-ring binder and some paper?

Or, are you going to start a new folder on your computer and start moving all the various files you've been collecting through the years into it?

Whatever you do.

Do it.


You'll thank me.

Image credit: bohbeh / 123RF Stock Photo

Reference: 30 Steps to Becoming a Writer by Scott Edelstein

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