Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Say What?! (every writer's trusted friend...)
Such was the case when a long ago friend of mine gave me a tip that changed my life. I almost dismissed it but the idea tantalized me until I tried it and found the merits.
He said, the best memory is a piece of paper and a pen.
As a writer, I find it invaluable. I take it with me everywhere. It’s much lighter than a laptop or netbook and won’t break if I drop it. It’s such a part of my everyday travels that it’s a fixture in my backpack.
Then the lights dimmed and Paul returned to his seat. The concert was wonderful. We went out for ice cream afterwards and the day unfolded as most do. We had dinner. I checked email. I put away my backpack rummaging through the contents for any perishables I may have stashed there while running around town and saw my notebook, of course, normal. Then I remembered the novel notes. I grabbed it and read what I’d written only hours before. Again the excitement surged through me and I transferred my notes to my laptop to work on the story the next morning, grateful I had so many details and realizing I never would have remembered it all without my trusty notebook.
Karen McGrath is an editor, an author, and homeschooling mother of three (one in grad school and two in high school). Please drop her a note and visit her blog. And get yourself a cool notebook. :)
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