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Journals and Notebooks

If you’re a writer, you probably have a ton of little notebooks scattered around your house. If you’re in the kitchen making some ramen and inspiration strikes, you need a place to jot it down, right?

I don’t know if this is true for all writers, but all the writers I know have an unhealthy obsession with notebooks, and I’m no exception. I thought it would be fun to show you my most active notebooks.

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First, let me explain the purpose of mine. Each of my notebooks has ONE purpose. Exactly one. If I want to make notes about my first book, it goes in its notebook. If I need to jot down an appointment or goals for the week, they go in my bullet journal. I find that if I have general notebooks for anything I happen to think of my notes will get lost in the noise.

However, this means that instead of one notebook for everything, I now have several, and unfortunately they aren’t always in the same room as me. This means a lot of running into my office any time I get a thought, but it guarantees I’ll be able to find the thought when I need it!

So let’s take a look.

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First, my bullet journal. I know that these are very popular right now and I admit that I got swept up in the bujo craze. However, this book goes beyond helping me keep track of goals and appointments. I’m a pretty crafty person, but I’m not very good at taking my time when it comes to little things like writing, drawing, and coloring.

When I was in college, maybe 2 people would bring laptops to class. The rest of us had to write so furiously to get down every thing the professor said that sometimes there would be a small paper fire. Okay that’s an exaggeration but the point is that for 5 years my goal was to write as quickly and legibly as possible so I wouldn’t miss anything, and it’s a habit I’m finding impossible to break. When I write something down, I go so in half-cursive, half-print, sometimes skipping whole words or letters. My signature is the basically the first letter of each name with a moderately sized squiggly attached.

In short, every time I have a pen in my hand I just lose all sense of meticulous care that I show with everything else, so I figured a bullet journal would help. I have to do all sorts of line drawing and writing and coloring, things that I would usually be too frustrated to finish because they take too long. Obviously, as you can see from the picture, I have a long way to go. But I think this will help me be better at taking my time, writing well, being neat, etc. If I ever create a monthly spread without a single mistake I’ll let you know ASAP, lol.

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Next are my WIP notebooks. This is where I keep all of my character notes, word building, revision plans, and anything else I think of that pertains to a particular novel. I find that if I keep all of them in one journal, I never lose my thoughts. It’s also just really fun to look at the evolution of a project all in one place.

The black journal contains all the notes for Love is a Pale Flower, my first novel. The green is for The Weavers, my second. You may be able to see some brain storming in the pictures. Also pictured, my weird cursive/print hybrid handwriting.

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This is my Q&A a Day notebook. It’s got a new question every day with 5 spaces underneath. So you answer a question every day for 5 years and you can go through and see how much your answers have changed. I LOVE stuff like this and I’ve been having a lot of fun keeping up with it. You can find it on Amazon, click here.

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This one is just for fun. My best friend got it for me for my birthday. It looks like a wood block. I haven’t written anything in it but I keep it on my desk.

Okay, those are my current notebooks. Let me know if you guys have a ton of notebooks too!

By the way, today is Cheeto’s birthday. Happy birthday!

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