|Reading through a writer's notebook or journal can be as rewarding and exciting as
discovering pearls, rubies and diamonds amidst a pile of
You should have at least two notebooks. The first notebook should go everywhere you go, for recording thoughts just as soon as they come to you. Otherwise you may find some of your best thoughts floating away moments after you discover them. Just a tad of the thought can be scribbled down so that you will remember the whole thing later. The second notebook should be kept at home. This is for lengthier and more intensive writing. As you get time, record the thoughts from your first notebook into your second one, and flesh it out as you have time.
Think of your little notebooks as powerhouse sources of ideas for sparking even more story ideas: The more you write down the bits and pieces of your thoughts and observations, the more you are adding into the well of ideas for your future works, and the more ideas your mind will produce for you.
|Here are a just a few of the things you can record in your notebook or
journal, so that in case you ever run out of ideas to write
about, you can refer to it:
Your Shoeboxed Life:
Write what you know, feel and experience. Jot down snippets of events in your life. Write a sentence or a paragraph about a funny, embarrassing, happy or infuriating experience. For example: Joey said I was 97% of the problem. Well, if I am that makes me 97% of the solution and he'd better be working to help me feel better towards him, not worse.
The Interesting People.
Scribble brief descriptions of people you
meet every day. How do they react in certain situations? For example:
Joey can make his tempests in a teapot sound so exciting that
you pay more attention to them than you do to your own hurricanes.
A Word a Day.
Whenever an interesting word catches your attention, write it down. Rash-ee-os-ee-nation. Why you can't even find that word in most dictionaries any more. On top of that, any word you find may have a different meaning for you a month or a year from now. A decade from now there's no telling what it might mean. If you keep a list of words in your notebook, these words can serve as story starters for you.
Those Quotable Quotes.
A meaningful quote can start you off writing. Collect quotes you come across that interest you. "Many of us would be in the penitentiary serving life sentences if we really did unto others the things we do unto ourselves." Quotations that make you stop and think today can be a launch pad again a little ways down the trail. Keep your notebook right there with you when you begin to read. Otherwise it will be another case of, I'll write it down later, and you lose it.
Ordinary People with their One-Liners.
Overheard lines in a conversation can sometimes spark your creative mind. Write down these one-liners in your notebook. They can be great story starters. "My conscience is clear; Even if I had known all this time that he only had one leg, I still wouldn't have liked him."
Something You Read.
Make it a point to read good books.
Describe what you feel at any given moment. If you feel angry right now, write what your anger feels like. Describe it. Use vivid words.
Who done you dirty? How do you know? How does it make you feel?
Did you pop off and say something horrible? How did the other person react? How long were you hurt by what you said?
You can make your stock endless, bottomless. You can reach down again and again for inspiration without exhausting your notebook of reserve.
So start stocking your writer's notebook today. A week from now, take a peek in it and you just might find something there that could make your hand go scurrying to connect your pen to paper.
Copyright 2003 Shery Ma Belle Arrieta
Shery is the creator of WriteSparks! - a software that generates over 100,000 Story Sparkers for Writers. http://writesparks.com
WriteSparks! can generate over 100,000 story sparks to keep you writing for years... and all at a click of a button. Getting ideas for your stories has never been this easy!
Over 150 quick prompts that are perfect for warm-up writing.
Over 200 first lines to start you off.
Over 450 cliches to base your stories on.
Over 3,000 random metaphors and powerful images for your stories.
Over 8,000 random proverbs...with a twist! These are not your ordinary proverbs.
Over 75,000 what if? story combinations.
Over 100,000 random word combinations for flash fiction.
Keep up with all our new articles and freebies.
Should You Refinance Your home? * Travel the World, and get paid for it.
The Truth about Virus Dangers
There ARE ways to protect your computer!
Actually, we'll be publishing an entire series
on How to Guard, Protect and Rebuild your computer.
|Write Better||Learn the Basics||YOUR World|
| Tips for writing better |
Books for writers
apostrophes, a gentle introduction
Learn how to Hyphen-ate
Easy Research for writers
Big Screen writing
Proposals for Nonfiction
Free Plots to use
Ring in Writing Assignments
Read My News
Writer's Showcase *
Using transition words
Abe Linkin Page *
Writing for Kids *
Protect Your Work *
Building web pages *
Are you feeling hopeless?
How to Avoid the High Cost of Conventional Promotions and Still Sell More Books.
Don't be Buried Alive!
Better Query Results can be YOURS!
Miniature Horses,, how would you rewrite this article?
Free Software for writers * Practice Makes Perfect * Learn to use the new Talk and Type software. * Piggyback the Hollidays for Free book publicity. * Create a bottomless notebook to spark new story ideas any time you need them.|
Using Description to Drag your readers into your story.
Break into a Food Writing Career.
The Secret of Success, according to Lucy Goosey.
Watch out for the Land Gurus
Just The Writer... when the movie makers take over the book, where does the writer go?
800 words and phrases that SELL!
|Hit it another lick * Stop SPAM! * There is only ONE WAY Sex will Sell on the web. * nonfiction titles * fiction titles * Free Report, Five Reasons To Check Your Credit Report. * MY bookmarks. * Simple Calculator for writers. Improve your web site's search engine ranking * Add your site URL to my site * |
Make Money From Home
Add music to your site? Click HERE to see just how easy it can be, and for more information on a company you want to avoid.
Newsletters that flop, and what to do to avoid a similar fate.
Productivity starts with awareness of what works and what does not. It continues with examining what needs grease, or other needs. Search for what you need in order to rev up your writing.
Copyright © 2008 by
Earl H. Roberts
PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE WHEN I'M GONE,