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Sometimes called the ‘messy attic of the mind’, the writer’s notebook is a magical place. It’s a place writers can collect, store, grow and nurture their ideas for writing. It is often filled with a collection of seeds (artefacts that provoke writing) like photos, sketches, holiday mementos, lists, news clippings, postcards, assorted ephemera. It is personal and varies in style from writer to writer.

It is an invaluable tool in helping our young writers to understand that their own ideas are the epicentre of the writing they will do during their time with you. It’s a place where writers practice being writers…

Thank you for sharing Emily. Another source of inspiration that might interest you is Austin Kleon. He often shares thoughts and strategies associated with keeping a notebook. Also, Riss Leung recently shared some reflections from Claire Saxby on the topic too.
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The writer’s notebook series looks at how published authors use their writer’s notebooks. Claire Saxby shares her notebook insights here.

I really enjoyed this reflection Riss. In particular, Claire’s point that ‘ideas are everywhere’.

It’s a matter of practice to work out which ones to note down, which ones to let flow. I find that an idea that someone else tells me will make a great story seldom sticks with me – not because it’s a bad idea – but because it’s not speaking to me, it’s speaking to them. There are exceptions, but not that many. As mentioned before, I tend to note down anything that sounds interesting or silly or rhythmic or curious without examining why it appeals to me. If it’s meant to be something more, that will be revealed later when I come to reread my notes.

This reminds me of Austin Kleon’s work.