“Conceptualizing A Novel – Journaling, Plots and Characterization” by RJ Blain is a fantastic peek into one author’s writing process using discbound notebooks.
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Another great blog post about the various notebooks used everyday by Mikal.fm, including a Levenger Circa Junior.
So this blog post from author Jeff Abbott is all about how he uses the Levenger Circa notebooks in his writing process. It’s an older post, from 2011, but new to me and still an excellent review of how to use discbound notebooks as a writer’s tool.
“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.”
― Gustave Flaubert
Found this article and really like these snippets:
Every artist gets asked the question, “Where do you get your ideas?”
The honest artist answers, “I steal them.”
Every new idea is just a mashup or a remix of one or more previous ideas.
If you’re looking for advice on creating more connections between the knowledge you have (and collecting even more knowledge), Kleon’s book is a great place to start. He offers suggests like:
carry a notebook everywhere
read a lot
keep a scratch file
I especially related to this quote from Elizabeth Sommerville:
“Journaling is something that I would love to be more disciplined about. There have been several journals that I have started, but then stopped halfway through. (Maybe because I take a nap instead of writing in a journal?!)”
Because, yes. Naps rock.
I love this article, it has some really useful tips on setting up and notating a notebook – I especially like the illustrated status legend – I may copy some of those into my own system! The ‘eye’ especially.