Look around your favorite coffee house and it’s likely you’ll see a young person huddled over a notebook, scribbling away. Have you ever wondered what they are writing? Are they simply focused on homework, keeping a food diary, or creating a shopping list? Are they capturing the thrill of new love or committing to words the sadness of romance’s end? Perhaps they just had a “Eureka!” moment about a character or plot twist for a story or novel they are writing.
While we all have our methods for composing, we often struggle to keep ideas and details straight. Numerous characters and locations can become confusing. Not to mention the intricate plot details that keep our story logically moving forward. How many times a day do we have that “Eureka!” moment only to lose the thought a few minutes (or sentences) later? Instead of losing the sparks of brilliance, we should learn from the coffee house journalists and capture these fresh thoughts in our writer’s journal.
All writers should have a writer’s journal close at hand. You never know when inspiration will strike or you will hear a catchy turn of phrase you wish to remember or you witness a situation you can re-purpose. Your journal may consist of a binder filled with thoughts recorded on bits of paper, a meticulously maintained bound notebook, or your favorite electronic device. It may be highly organized by characters, scenes, and plot elements or it may be a stream of consciousness jumble of ideas. Your journaling method is as personal as your writing process.
If you have a story bouncing around in your head, if you are constantly thinking about writing a book, or you are already deep into your writing, we have a writing journal you (or your favorite writer) may find useful. It’s small enough to tuck into your purse or backpack, is divided into sections to record details about character, plot, and scene development, includes goal tracking to keep you on track, and helpful information about publishing and cover design as well as a special surprise, but I don’t want to ruin it.
A Journal in Hand
Whether you choose to get a Lulu journal or create one more suited to your process, be sure to keep it handy. You never know when lightning will strike. Be ready to capture it.