Today I’m taking part in a blog hop hosted by two of the people in my writing group 🙂 They thought it would be a fun idea for everyone to share their writing journals or notebooks, to see how each of us take notes or collect our thoughts. I agree, fun idea!
I started writing very young but in Middle School, when I started to get serious about it, I bought a pad of lined paper and used that to write my poety in. I still have that notebook and use it even now (although there are very few pages left!) but unfortunately it isn’t finished crossing the ocean between England and America yet, so I can’t show you that one. It is really only poetry that gets written in there though. For a long time I’ve had a sort of mental separation with poetry and novels – I can only write poems with a pen/pencil and paper, but I can only write novels on a computer.
Taking notes for novels is something that I generally do mentally. So at the moment, this the state of my writing notebook lol:
Yes, empty notebook makes me sad 🙁
It’s strange, because while studying architecture at university one of the things that was instilled into us all was to keep a sketch book around to do quick on-the-spot sketches of things that were interesting. Obviously, cameras are useful for this too but sometimes it helps to actually draw them so you get a feel for the shape and design. I think the same is probably true with writing. I tend to keep all of my novel ideas in my head and play around with them there. But since starting NaNoWriMo this year, I’ve realised that having some form of note system on paper would be a big help, much like my architecture sketch book (which I would show but again, it’s crossing the ocean right now).
So my notes have progressed from my head this month and ended up on paper. Although as I don’t yet own a notebook (I borrowed the other one from my husband) or any kind of organisation system, they end up looking like this:
But! My saving grace has been discovering Scrivener. It’s allowed me to stop being eaten alive by post-it notes and actually keep my notes and thoughts together in one place in the research folder for the novel. Oh my god, what an amazing programme! So now, my note taking has gone to a whole new level:
Brian and I had a lot of fun taking these pictures, getting post-it’s to stick on your face while you’re laughing is harder than you think! lol! If you enjoyed my blog hop entry (or even if you didn’t!) take a look at the other blogs taking part in the hop today and how they keep their notes 🙂
Danielle La Paglia
Victoria D Griesdoorn
J. A. Campbell
Natalie, you brought the lolz! It felt like watching one of those soap-digests from the 80s!! LOVE those pictures, especially that first one with the sad eyes:)
Happy Scribbles Blog Hop ♥
Oh my i’m still giggling! Fantastic post and I do adore scrivener as well. Thanks for sharing your story and your sense of humour. 🙂
Nat! I loved the “attacked by post-its” photo. I also like that you write poetry by hand. There’s something beautiful about that. Awesome Scribbles Blog Hop post.
Love the pictures! Thanks for sharing. I am playing with Scrivener a little bit, but I’m going to fully learn it right after NaNo. I’ve heard so many good things about it.
I use yWriter5, a program similar to Scrivener. I love it, but the notebooks and papers that I can take anywhere are essential. Also, can I admit to some monitor envy?
Yeah, I love my monitor 🙂 I was without it for the past 14 months and I didn’t realise how much I missed it until a few weeks ago when we were reunited!
I loved the whimsy in this! Yeah, we were all taking pictures of the writing, but you took pictures of the writer — and without the writer, neither paper nor Scrivener would have any words in them!
(But I’m having some serious Size Envy, looking at the pic of your screen.) Anyway, I’m using Scrivener too, it’s a great proggie even if it doesn’t do *everything* I want. (I will often turn to a mindmap tool to work out something difficult.)
I knew a Susan Westgate in elementary school. Synchronicity or what?
Hehe yeah I do love my monitor 🙂
Westgate is my married name so I don’t know any Susan off the top of my head hehe but yes, coincidence! I don’t think I’ve seen the name outside of my husband’s family.
Thanks for cheering me up, there are times when I have to write on anything I can find (from official press releases through to scraps of paper) and its hard to get it all down in the space that you have.
You gave me a real laugh and its nice to see the lighter side of writing.
Thank you again.
That was hilarious, and not just the post it photo… you have some of the most expressive eyes I’ve seen!
I shall find a black arm-band to wear, until your writing pad is delivered to your front door. Writers must display their solidarity… 😉
LMAO!!! Your photos are hilarious!!
I keep hearing about Scrivener I have to check it out!
Love your enormous screen!
Thanks for sharing!
I love this post, Natalie! It’s funny that all of my poetry and flash are written by hand too. It feels more intimate that way. I take notes for novels in spirals but the real writing is done on the computer. And I really, really must invest in Scrivener. I’m seriously one of the only ones left w/o it. LOL