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Lists

5 Lists of 4 Things

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4 notebooks I use the most

1. (first from the top) I have no idea what to call this notebook, so on the inside I wrote, “This notebook is a lot of things and does not wish to be labeled.” I use this notebook as a kind of sketchbook, but it’s also where I write down my favorite quotes. Or write out random thoughts that don’t really fit anywhere else. It’s also where I stick all of those post-its that I write random things on.

logbook12. I wrote about logbooks before. I got the idea from Austin Kleon, whose post on the subject is a lot more interesting than mine. It’s essentially a daily list of things about that day. I am terrible at keeping journals, but I’ve been fairly successful at keeping logbooks. You’ll notice that this one says “2011/2013” and that’s because I stopped writing in it at some point in 2011, and in 2012, I got one of those Moleskine daily planners and used that one as a logbook (though I utterly failed at maintaining it for very long that year). And then I picked this one back up back in February, and have been more or less consistent with it.

3. This TBSOL notebook is actually the second TBSOL notebook I have because I filled the last one up. There are four tabs to this notebook: outlines & notes, possibly include, future scenes (outlined), and to type up. Outlines & notes is essentially just that. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I’m awful at outlines, and have to force myself to do them (because they really do help). In ‘possibly include’ I have a lot of random scenes or conversations that came to me at some point or another but that I’m not certain will make it into the book. In “future scenes (outlined)” I have scenes that I came to me, and I know will make it into the book, but won’t happen until much later. And in “to type up” I have the current scenes/chapters that I’m in the process of writing. I find it easier sometimes to write things out first, especially with scenes that are giving me trouble.

4. The YA Project notebook is in its infancy, but here is where I’m putting together all the building blocks of the YA series I’ll be writing after TBSOL. The other day, for example, I started working on a secret code the girls will use to communicate with – which was a lot of fun. See if you can decipher this message: 9QN01YQ // V1 // VJQ // DQVM // VQMY.

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writing

Tools of WriterCraft

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A reader emailed me a couple of weeks ago and asked if I could write a post detailing what sort of tools I use most as a writer. I replied, “Sure!” Then I forgot. Thankfully I’d written it down. So, today I’m going to tell you all about the fascinating software I use to GTW (Get Things Written). Step aboard my Choo-Choo train of geekery.

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Of Life & Randomness

I’m not admitting anything, but it’s possible that…

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….I may have too many notebooks. It started out with just the one and it was all fun and innocent at first. But then I kept buying more and more notebooks and I gave each one of them a purpose and before I knew it I had too many a lot.

Pictured above you’ll find the pile of notebooks on my desk at the moment. Plus the Kindle. Let me introduce you!

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Of Life & Randomness

Logbooks, Talking Diaries, Zombies and Love (Did I Miss Anything?)

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Yesterday I started a “logbook” which is really more of a “listbook,” which is really just a diary for lazy people.  I’ve tried to keep diaries over the years—I’d fill them with the usual: “Dear Diary, my feelings are so vast and pure and true and complicated and layered…I just don’t know what to do with them besides look at pretty Brittana pictures on Tumblr all day.

It’d all go well for a week, sometimes two, sometimes even a month, and then I’d forget all about it.  Then the guilt-feelings would set in. I’d look at the diary, knowing full well it had been months (years?) since I’d written anything down and think, “Well, maybe I’ll write something down today… just to check-in … just so it doesn’t feel abandoned.”

I’d scribble something apologetic like, “Sorry it’s been so long…” as if the diary has feelings.  Like it’s been sitting there the whole time saying to itself, “Why does Ingrid hate me? What did I do? Why do the other notebooks get all the attention? I wish she’d at least apologize. It’s not like I don’t see her sitting there, looking at Tumblr for hours. What a thoughtless b*tch.”

So even though it’s irrational, there they are, these, “Sorry it’s been so long…” entries that are usually really awkward and stilted like I’ve just ran into an old acquaintance and we’re trying to make small-talk, but really have nothing to say to one another.

Diaries are a lot of work is what I’m saying.

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