Hello, dear readers, and welcome! It is officially June now, and I hope you're excited for the summer (I'm not excited for the hot Florida weather, but alas...). This is my last post for the summer, as I'll be taking a long break to finish up some projects for the autumn/winter, and to get in some relaxation. I hope your summer will be wonderful!
Today I wanted to talk a little about writing in notebooks.
Notebooks have grown in popularity once more, it seems, with so many new designs, types, and different papers being used (I myself am fond of the recycled paper, or the pressed, because it has that silky/rough feel). This may be surprising in our digital age, where tablets run rampant, too, but then again, maybe it isn't so surprising after all.
I tweeted a link last week to an article on NPR talking about the relevance of notebooks in our era of computers, and it was actually quite interesting; the article is definitely worth a read, so please check it out. Basically, I'm not the only one who still loves notebooks, or who seems to write better -- and remember better -- when I'm using one.
Within the last few months, I've conducted an experiment without really meaning to. I started bringing notebooks to meet ups with my writerly friends, instead of my computer or tablet. I wanted to see what might come of it, how my writing would fare, and to be honest...I kind of missed writing in a notebook as it was. In middle and grade school, I didn't have a computer on which to write, so I used my notebooks and binders (often writing in class when the teacher was speaking...but I did all of my homework! I don't recommend this, by the way). I gained my first computer (a shared desktop between my family and I) when I was twelve years old, and wrote my first novel on it, but even then I was writing in notebooks, as well (I still have that first official novel hidden somewhere, stuffed into the recesses of the earth, and maybe some day I'll take it out and dust it...or not).
At first, it was a bit difficult to transition to writing at a "slower" pace (it is a bit slower, but I'm still a fast writer, even by pen), but once I became reacquainted with my caveman writing tools (pun, by the way), I found that there was a reason I had been missing them. Despite the fact that typing up what I've written can be annoying, it's been great to write by hand. I feel closer to my story somehow, I seem to remember key elements a bit better, and honestly, when I input what I've written, I add new things, and therefore end up with a built-in second draft! It's been great.
I've been writing in my notebook for going on two months now, and I've really enjoyed it, and see myself doing it a lot more. Does this mean I don't use my computer? No, of course not. I have been using it a bit, and I still enjoy writing on it. But writing via notebook is a close, intimate experience, and I wouldn't trade getting to know my story better, remembering the key elements -- not to mention stocking up on an awesome variety of paper and pens -- for anything.