Sunday, August 8, 2010

My faithful notebook

The computer is a marvelous instrument in the writing industry. The things we can do with it are unbelievable and I am so thankful to have mine. I wonder what my book would look like now if I was still writing it in a notebook. I mean, with all of the changes I have made and research, I think I would have sacrificed several trees by now. Having a laptop is is even more useful. The ability to take it with you and jot down notes, do research or make revisions at the drop of a hat is great. But, there will be times when even that isn't going to work. That leaves us with our trusty notebooks.
On Friday, my kids and I went to pick up my son from camp. While I was going down the road, a revision idea came to me and I told my daughter to get my notebook out. She instantly became my secretary. Today we are going to the river to celebrate my mother-in-laws birthday. Yup, the notebook is going with me. You just never know when an idea will hit you or you are able to catch the scent of something and want to describe it.
I am sure I'm not the only one out there who feels this way. With all of our technology whirling around us these days, sometimes going back to the basics is sooo much easier.


  1. As much as I like my laptop and writing software, I still use a notebook. I keep one in my purse and one on my bedside table for when inspiration strikes.

  2. Hey Jena! I don't have a table on my side of the bed, but when I do get an idea, I jump out of bed and go to my computer desk in the family room. One time I was laying there and got an idea. I said, "Oh!", kind of loudly. Scared my husband. He just looked at me when I told him what I was doing. Too funny!

  3. Sarah I have books all over the place. In my purse I carry the small notebooks, in my bag that I carry to work, my bed on the floor, on the computer table. Anywhere I get an idea there is always a notebook available to me. You know my computer is a dinosaur and is never reliable and who wants to wait a 1/2 hour while it warms up? LOL. I not only write ideas but names, character analysis. It's just my go to book. Even funny phrases from my friends like THO. Remember that one Sarah? I stole that from you for my second story. I am glad that I am not the only one using good old paper and pen. It never fails me.