When I sat down to get to work today I noticed my work space as if for the first time. As I looked around at my desk covered with my notebooks, papers and pens, I wondered when this had happened. It used to be just me and my laptop.
Each of my notebooks has a purpose from outlines, business plans, research and snippets of scenes for my new novel. I had begun doing all my work from beginning to end on the computer but slowly, I had migrated back to the comfort of a good old notebook (some of these are over two years old).
In the past, I would amass journals and notebooks because of their striking covers or my fervent desire to start a diary - which never seemed to take off. However, luckily after starting to pursue my writing career they have now found a purpose and are getting my constant attention.
I would never have thought I would be relying on my notebooks so much to organize my thoughts and ideas but it is what I have gravitated towards no matter how backwards it might seem in today's digital world. I am reminded of how there is no "magic formula to writing". Some authors might write out their first draft by hand. Others might never make an outline. What matters is finding what works for you and focusing on meeting your goals. I am also comforted by the thought that one day my notebooks might become keepsakes, but for now I am reaching for them every day and plowing through them at an alarming rate.
Currently finished: 2
Currently using: 3
Currently blank: 1