Why Writers Need A Notebook

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If you're a writer, like myself, then you need a notebook! There's no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Even if you think you can remember every little piece of information that shows itself to you, I can guarantee you can't. I know this, because I thought the same thing!

All writers are creative and with creativity comes new ideas. Which in the busyness of life, pop in and out of our lives before we even realize we've forgotten them. So, in order to prevent that from happening, it's important that we keep a notebook!

I'm not gonna lie, I take my own advice a little too far. I've got notebooks and folders for every aspect of my life, writing and blogging especially. However, it has been a blessing!

There are many ways to keep a "notebook" but I like the traditional way best. Pretty spiral bound, college ruled notebooks are my favorite! I've tried taking notes on my phone, but they add up like crazy. I've even tried an ongoing word document on my laptop, but everything seemed to get lost in the pages. There was the time that I tried emailing myself every little thought and idea that I had, but that was even worse. So, until I stumble upon a better method, a real life handy dandy notebook is what I'm sticking with!

There's just so many things that writers can use a notebook for, including but not limited to:

  • Characters names
  • Future book ideas
  • Plot ideas
  • Awesome vocabulary words
  • Settings and locations
  • Timelines
  • Character maps
  • Writing schedules
  • Novel and series names
  • Character inspiration
  • Authors to check out
  • Books to read
  • Links to writer resources
Then, of course, there's the big one! You can actually write in your notebook. Personally, I prefer working on my laptop, but I have a couple friends that handwrite all of their first drafts. So having a notebook is ideal!

Honestly, I don't think I would have it any other way. My ideas flow out of me at lightening speed, so being able to scribble them down quickly works best for me. As a result, I keep a five subject notebook for all of my writing projects, which stays at home; and I also keep a $0.89 pocket notebook in my purse, which is perfect for when I'm on the go. 

So, if you don't already have a writing notebook, I suggest you head out and get one!

If you do have one, what do you use it for? Let me know in the comments!

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