I was invited to participate in the Scribbles Blog Hop, and it sounded like a lot of fun, so here we go…
each writer is going to post pics of their writing journal/diaries/notebooks/notepads/etc and tell a little about their approach to writing, how & why they use their journals, and post links to the other bloggers participating.
I knew there was a reason I was saving all those scraps of paper…
Everything eventually finds its way into Scrivener on my laptop, but not all of it starts there.
Depending on how hard something is trying to get out of my head, I’ll either eat lunch (usually at the Johnny’s Pizza on Jones Bridge in John’s Creek) or just start writing right away and keep an eye out for the server. I’ve been going there long enough that the staff knows I drink unsweet tea and usually get two pizza slices with mushrooms. Once I get started, I’ll write until whatever it is gets completely out of my head or until it just gets too late to ignore how far overtime my lunch “hour” is running.
This particular scrap of paper contains what became Episode 74 of White Pickups. You may notice scratch-outs on the paper — those happen at the time I’m writing. I can’t get out of the habit of editing as I write. I’ll edit some more as I type things in — often inserting sentences or whole paragraphs.
They’re awfully handy — it’s easy to see why (as the promotional literature wants you to know) the likes of Hemingway swore by them. The little pocket in the back holds note cards and other bits of not-quite-outlines that I’ll flesh out when the characters get off the dime and let me know what’s going on.
That pretty much leaves “why” — well, I’ve already explained part of it: it’s a convenience. As I wrote a couple weeks ago, writers are working when we’re staring out the window — but the downside to that is that we’re always working. So having a way to get words on paper when the ideas are coming, but the keyboard isn’t available, is crucial.
Now of course, that only works if someone (like Mason, the World’s Cutest Grandkid) doesn’t snatch the pen and Moleskine right out of your pocket:
I took this shot back in February, when he was about 18 months old. He’s 26 months now, and still likes to grab ’em when he can. Maybe once he learns to write, he’ll be writing his own stories too.
But until Mason starts sharing his stories with the world, go check out the other writers participating in the Scribbles Blog Hop:
Danielle La Paglia: http://daniellelapaglia.wordpress.com/
Anne Michaud: http://annecmichaud.wordpress.com/
Marianne Su: http://mariannesu.com/blog/
Victoria D Griesdoorn: http://www.vdgriesdoorn.com/
Ren Warom: http://renwaromsumwelt.wordpress.com/
J.A. Campbell: http://writerjacampbell.wordpress.com/
Tammy Crosby: http://tammywrites.wordpress.com/
Maria Kelly: http://mariakellyauthor.com/
Chrissey Harrison: http://chrisseysgreatescape.wordpress.com/
Natalie Westgate: http://nataliewestgate.com/
Tony Noland: http://www.tonynoland.com/
Larry Kollar: http://farmanor.blogspot.com/ (←you are here)