Writer’s Notebooks;

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Why You Should Have One

A writer’s notebook is a blank book where a writer can engage in the fun often messy job of being a writer practicing, listening, playing with language, gathering images and insights and ideas. The purpose of such a notebook is to nourish the writer. It’s a place to write about small things. A place to practice writing strategies. A place to experiment and take risks. A place to set goals and work to meet them.

Tips for Keeping a Writing Notebook

  • Make it your own. Make your own writing routine, and let your notebook be what ever you want it to be.
  • Keep your notebook handy. Your notebook is only as good as it as available its no use if you have an idea and your notebook is nowhere to be found.
  • Get messy. Your notebook should be a place where you don’t worry about what ideas are and what aren’t.

So what do you do with your beautiful blank notebook here are some ideas for you.

Ideas For Your Notebook

  1. Free write
  2. Rewrite
  3. Journal
  4. Take notes
  5. Draft blog posts
  6. Sketch
  7. Study
  8. Get to know your characters
  9. Keep a list of novel and short story ideas
  10. Record names you like
  11. Consider your eventual marketing plan
  12. Collect reference photos that inspire you
  13. Practice writing prompts
  14. Write morning pages
  15. Gather information that could be useful to your career

That’s a pretty good list of reasons to keep a writer’s notebook. It’s a pretty good idea even if you only used for two of the ideas in this list. There is one more good reason to have a writer’s notebook that’s not listed here and that’s to get stuff out of your head so you have more room to create. That’s why I have a writer’s notebook and calendar with a to do list on it. It keeps my mind open for doing creative thinking, and that the kind of thinking that I want to do.

If you can think of other reasons to have a writers notebook or if you use your notebook for something not on the list, please share it with us in the comment section. It would be great if we could learn from each other.

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Why is Writing Good For You

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Writing is good for the soul. I am drawn to writing and until I did some investigating for this blog; I didn’t understand why I was so drawn to something so simple. It always makes me feel so much better after a session of creative writing. But expressive writing holds a special place in my heart also it has been linked to improved mood, well-being, and reduced stress. Research by Laura King shows that writing about achieving goals can make people happier and healthier.

What is expressive writing is that used to delve deeper into thoughts, opinions, and emotions rooted in experiences, memories, and trauma. Expressive writing is done in the first person using personal pronouns, such as I.

Writing expressively leads to increased gratitude if you focus on what you ‘re thankful for only once a week. It can also close out our mental tabs writing allows abstract information to cross into our tangible world. It frees up bandwidth and will stop overload.

  • Clear your mind
  • Recover memories
  • Stockpile ideas
  • Puts life events into perspective
  • Improves your verbal and written skills
  • You will feel you’ve accomplished something
  • It’s a great mental exercise

Here are some other great ideas to think about as you begin to expressive. Write in a private and personalized space. Write at least once each day for at least five minutes. Give yourself time to reflect and balance yourself after writing. If you’re writing to overcome trauma, don’t feel obligated to write about a specific event. (write about what feels right in the moment.) Structure the writing, however it feels right to you. And keep your writing private.

Journaling, also known as expressive writing, but the term is less intimidating, at least for me. I don’t mind expressive writing it’s another type of writing that I do every day. But to journal is too personal it’s to at the heart of who I am it touches all the tender places. So I write expressively in a notebook to clear my head, and it keeps me sane. Give Expressive writing a try.

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