This morning, I'm heading to Walmart for an early-morning, stock-up-on-the-20-cent notebooks run. At Very Early O'clock. This is, of course, to avoid the rush of frenetic mothers with school supply lists and unruly children in tow. The "back to school" and "office supplies" aisles will quickly devolve into retail hell if I don't beat them all to the punch.
But there's something so enticing about those 20-cent spiral-bound notebooks. I get an absolute thrill picking them out and tossing the stack gently into my cart. It's dichotomous, too, because I'm so computerized in general. I can't imagine actually writing a story in one of those.
With a pen.
I do, however, scribble new story ideas in notebooks. I doodle pictures of characters to help develop them (which is something you don't want to see--trust me). I worldbuild. I work out plot issues. Sometimes I write disparaging notes to myself, or draw huge angry faces when I'm stuck.
Hello, 14-year-old Authoress.
So, yes. The 20-cent notebook is a viable part of my life-as-writer. And every August I buy a pile of them so I always have a nice, fresh one when I need it.
Don't you love nice, fresh notebooks?
It's hard to deny the tactile part of being a writer and book lover. The texture of high-quality notecards...the scent of a new paperback (Del Rey fantasies are the best!)...the slippery freshness of a new sheet of postage stamps...the weight of a just-arrived Amazon box...the crispness of real paper beneath my fingers.
What about you? Do notebooks and pens play a role in your writerly/readerly life? Or have you made the complete switch to the paperless world of computers and smart phones?
Share your obsessions! And have a beautiful weekend.