The notebooks of life

Yeah, I am talking about the oldest thing since paper came out.  Notebooks composed of paper, not those little computers that are almost the size of some phones.   Yes, you can apply the same things to notes on a computer, but it just not quite the same.  Go back to the day when pen and paper were popular, even if you hate the idea.  I am going to talk about three notebooks I keep around at all times.  This includes my writing notes that I use when writing the story on my computer, the story notebook that comes in handy when I am away from the computer, and my small life notebook.
The first notebook, I’d have to say, is the most abused and it helps me when I come back to my writing after a break. For example, I am writing in the program Darkroom and suddenly it hits me that a certain part of my writing will have to be changed when it comes time to putting together the whole book.  Of course, if I keep writing I will forget this little detail or it will slow me down to a snail’s speed because I will feel the need to go back through my work to fix the problem right away before I forget about it.  To avoid this predicament, a notebook sits next to me and I quick jot a reminder down about the change that needs to be made under the category of Editing Notes.  I have another section in the notebook that I use when I’m role-playing and I want to jot notes down that I might want to use.  This notebook helps my mind to remained focused and keeps me on track instead of opening another program and going there which, if you use darkroom, is very tiresome to minimize the screen and type it out.  This is probably the only notebook though that could be on my computer, as well.
In the second notebook I have, which is probably the most important, is my life notebook.   I use it for everyday notes, I.E. grocery list, cash flow and other useful notes that might need to be taken.  It also is great to have it for people watching.  An example of that would include the other night; my girlfriend and I were sitting at the theatre when we saw a man do a dumpster dive, like he was a secret agent.  I had to write this down, because I could use it later on for a scene where my characters are thrown in the dump and find treasures or something else.  Another great use for this notebook is when you have a random brainstorm session.  You know our characters; sometimes they just will not shut up.  “No, Mr. Dragon, I am writing a blog, and no, you can’t kill everyone…just yet.”
The third notebook I use is sort of the least used one of all because I write on my computer mostly or a laptop.  I am talking about my story notebook.  This includes all my stories in different areas.  One page could be about a story I am working on, and the next page would maybe have a Variety show skit.  It is just a notebook to bring with instead of a laptop, due mostly because I am in Wisconsin and things freeze easily.   Word of advice though if you use a laptop a lot, carry notebook like this one with it, and it will become another favorite tool.
I know notebooks are old and have no technology, but you will be surprised how often you might use them when you try it out.  When you buy these notebooks, do not buy the $.99 ones. Purchase the ones that cost a lot and have hard covers, or a cover that will not rip off, and pages will stay in easily.  Also, buy a pen that you like or pencil. Most importantly, do not give up on it.  These simple tools will also aid you if you do voice typing, due to the fact that you will have the script right in front of you.

Notebooks can go anywhere you are, even in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes is the best to write a whole book.  These ringed bundles of paper are considered to be things of the past. They have a dying present, but hopefully a bright future.

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