Sunday, March 1st, 2015

5 Noteworthy Ideas on How to Use Your New Notebook



In this article 10 Inspiring Notebooks For Writers, author Iria López Teijeiro’s number one suggestion is to keep an idea notebook: “It’s obvious that any writer should have a place where to jot down ideas. If possible, choose a small pad you can carry around easily (I usually keep it in my bag and put it on my bedside table at night). You never know where you’ll be hit by a great idea, but you already know what happens if you don’t write it down!”

In the book The Artist’s Way author Julia Cameron, encourages a journaling process called “Morning Pages.” From Julia’s website: “Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages*– they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page…and then do three more pages tomorrow.”

In this post, Creative Uses for Pretty Notebooks and Journals by S. Marie Holloway, the author suggests keeping a daily record of something new that you’ve learned: “Taking a moment at the end of the day to reflect on something you learned will also condition your brain to me more mindful and observant throughout the day.”

In 21 Ways I Use My Notebook, Mike Swickey talks about how he uses his notebook to write down things he might like to buy – for example: “We had low water pressure at the last place we lived. I heard that there is a shower head that seriously puts out the water and makes for a nice shower. I assumed it was some expensive fancy shower head. Nope. It was called the “Incredible Head Power Shower.” It cost all of seven or eight bucks at Home Depot and showering has never been the same. Had I not written it down when I heard of it, I would have forgotten it. (I know me — I would have.)”

From this article, The Art of Keeping a Travel Sketchbook by Danny Gregory, “Everything around me is fresh and beautiful because I’m drawing it, seeing it truly for the first time. Keeping an illustrated travel journal enhances your trip and opens your mind. And once you return from your trip, your mind remains full of wonder. A quick flip through your journal’s pages keeps those memories alive.”

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