Hey, I know it’s been a while, I’ve had a crazy past several weeks. Soon after my last post, we went skiing for a week in New Hampshire. Then we went straight from New Hampshire to Virginia for about a week for a sort of extended field trip to Jamestown and Williamsburg. Then, when we got back, I had a birthday party, and that week we had to work on school, then that weekend I went to my friend’s birthday party… And you get the idea.
I can’t tell you how many bursts of inspiration I had during those past few weeks that I have now forgotten. I’ve read so many books that have some character who always carries around a notebook for some various purpose. The only reason I haven’t really done that is because I can’t be bothered with having a notebook tucked under my arm or even a small one crammed in my pocket everywhere I go, and I lose my pens and pencils, too.
I do have a notebook, though. I’ve mentioned it a few times before. I write a ton of stuff in that. I just don’t carry it around with me all the time. I have several notebooks, actually. Some of them are intended to be a whole novel-length, several are failed journals, and quite a few are from my childhood, when I drew more than I wrote. Thank God I chose writing over drawing.
There have been times when I’ve grabbed a stray envelope or scrap of paper and scrawl out a quick idea I was suddenly struck with, and that helps me remember it later. I just need to remember it put it in my notebook later… Which I rarely do.
I think what I need to do it just buy a bunch of little notebooks. You know, the little spiral ones that fit easily in a purse or bag. Then I need to distribute them in various places. My purse, the car, between the mattresses, my school desk, my jacket pocket. That would be helpful, and I could just borrow a pen from someone whenever an inspiration struck me.
Yes, I need to do this.
Since I’ve been gone for forever, I haven’t had much of a chance to do a lot of writing. Well, that’s not exactly true. I had plenty of time during the long car rides, I just chose to read and watch Pride and Prejudice instead. So my creative juices have been rather stagnant lately. I should do some brainstorming and writing this weekend, both on my laptop and my precious notebooks. I think I’d feel better.
What about you? Do you have a notebook? Do you carry a notebook around? What helps you to remember your random inspirations?
This is The Raven, off in search of Inspiration