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Tools of the Trade: The notebook

Every writer has their favorite writing tools. One of the most important of mine: my Hilroy notebook.

I’ve used a lot of different notebooks over the years, but these days I stick with my 5-subject 8″x5″ Hilroys. They’re small enough to easily carry around, but not so small it’s difficult to write anything substantial. And the five sections allow me to separate out random ideas from notes on specific projects. Less time spent searching for that brilliant inspiration for the WIP.

I was very sad when the closest stationary supply store stopped carrying them. :( But thankfully I can get them online!

I bring my current notebook with me everywhere. I write down any ideas that strike me while I’m out and about, and I continue working on my writing during my commute and any other opportunities I have. I usually do preliminary outlining in my notebook, and I’ll also often break down the scene I’m going to write next in more detail, or brainstorm solutions for problems I’ve run into. For some reason I think differently with a pen and paper than in front of the computer. And the thinking I do on the paper lends itself better to exploring ideas.

When it comes to the pen part of the equation? I really don’t care as long as they last a long time before going dry!

Originally published at Megan Crewe - another world, not quite ours. You can comment here or there.


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Mar. 7th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
I found a notebook at the art store on Queen across from the Drake (can't recall the name). It is now my favourite, with a thick black cover to avoid spills and bends, a ribbon for section separation, and pockets in the covers for scrap notes. I think it was in between $5-7, but money well-spent!
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Earth & Sky
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The Clouded Sky
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A Sky Unbroken
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The Way We Fall
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Disney-Hyperion, 2012

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Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
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Give Up the Ghost
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