Hi Fellow Writers
Journals, diaries, mini notebooks.
Those little things you can find in any bookstore, fits easily in a cargo pants pocket or a purse. Cost $5 – $15 for novel’s worth of empty pages, almost as much as a good novel. So why buy them?
For why every writer worth his ideas knows how fickle ideas can be, how frequently they come to woo us and how frequently they can spurn us without our immediate attention. A good writer will always have a way to save those fleeting ideas, and nothing is more writerly than a pen and a small journal, in a quick easy-to-reach place (I call it a holster) to write things down quickly.
A journal is not only good for being the bedding ground to seed those good ideas that come by happenstance. Having a journal means being able to remember the good bits from a casual spat of dialogue between strangers, describing an oddity in your life, even some phrases that have been rollicking in your mind that you find amusing (Here’s one I thought of, horrible lickings). By writing such bits down as soon as possible, this makes it easier to improve your writing in the same way delegating bits of your life, to sit down and write does. This also lets your mind to catch on to more bits during the day and not get bogged down in remembering the older bits that will try to slip away.
When I used to work at a garden centre, I used to punch out reams of funny dialogue and characters from the customers I interacted with. Taking the most of my breaks, I wrote quips as quickly as I thought them, letting my mind find new quips to write about throughout the day. Using the accumulated quips and dialogue as a basis I was able to create a steampunk novella where the characters had a unique dialect of old timey slang and British tongue.
Now having to write anytime anywhere should start with a tutorial. Here are some ideas you can write with, which is encouraged to be used on a daily basis.
– Describe something i.e. a coffee shop sign, as if you have no understanding of what a coffee shop sign is.
– Find two people who may/not be talking and create some dialogue between them and what they might say
– Find something one would take for granted to be ordinary i.e. a fire hydrant and try to imagine it as something beyond this, i.e. the fire hydrant? No that’s just the nib of a buried rocket.
For those who don’t want to fritter their book buying budget too far, the most economical journal I use is the Staples Inc. brand 108 X140MM with a steel spiral and plastic cover. They cost less than $5. With a trusty pen and your new journal tucked into your holster, the ideas will come. They always do.
The strongest memory is weaker than the palest ink