This is advice from the blog, Daily Writing Tips. The author says about keeping a writer’s notebook: “If you’ve ever had aspirations towards fiction-writing, you’ve doubtlessly heard the advice to keep a notebook on you at all times, to jot down those elusive flashes of brilliance that come at the most inopportune moments. It’s definitely a good idea to have pen and paper to hand as much as possible – however, the discipline of keeping a writers’ notebook means more than just scribbling a few words when inspiration strikes.”
Here’s a sum-up of the post—
Get in the habit of writing everyday by:
- Writing first thing in the morning
- Spending five minutes writing at some point in the morning, and five minutes in the afternoon
- Writing just before going to bed
- Jotting down some notes before starting on your (professional) writing session of the day
The authors say, “If you’re going to stick with writing fiction long-term, it needs to become part of your daily life.”
Here are some topics the authors write about in their notebooks:
- To-do lists for writing sessions or writing days
- Brainstorming for competition entries
- Character sketches
- Plot outlines
- Snatches of dialogue
And, of course, if you’re interested in reading the entire thing, check it out here:
Keeping a Writer’s Notebook.
I’ve kept a writer’s notebook for as long as I can remember. I usually have a few going at one time, actually (one for my purse, one for next to my bed, one in the living room with all my fiction stuff).
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