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Thursday, 19 August 2010

Noteworthy Advice

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (Shambhala Library)Natalie Goldberg’s 'Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within' gave me some really commonsense advice about note books, plus many other writing advice gems. I have always loved stationery, the look of fresh, crisp blank pages waiting to be used and the smell. Yes I have been known to stick my nose in books and sniff, (though some chemical paper treatments leave an acrid taste on the tongue and back of the nose!)
Unfortunately, since I hated my handwriting and wanted my notebooks all to look  perfect and beautiful, naturally the idea of sullying such perfection with my banal scrawls presented a huge barrier for creativity. 

Inhibition Central, you might say! Yet while a smart, pristine note book demands reverence and pride, a scrappy old school rough book can be scrawled and scribbled in without any qualms.

Now why didn’t I realise this before?

Since I read Natalie Goldberg’s advice, (which I’ll let you read for yourselves it’s so brilliant and also has more sound advice about choosing notepads in it) I now buy cheap spiral bound A6 sized notebooks with elastic fastenings and use flexi grip ball pens attached to them for writing down my novel ideas. I can carry them around with me wherever I go. It has helped free my writer-within and keeps all my ideas in one place.

So do you use scraps of paper, expensive moleskin notebooks or scruffy notepads?


  1. Hello Madeleine! Thanks for coming by my blog, and I think your name is perfect for a writer. I can picture it on the shelves already! :)

    As for the notebook thing, oh I hear you. I have several untouched gorgeous notebooks, and tons of battered ringbound scrappy ones. Guess which are the ones with the ideas in!

  2. LOL! Thanks Jayne. Yes I'd love to own a moleskin notebook (poor mole), but I can imagine it looking at me reproachfully and defying me to write something neat and profound in it!
    Madeleine x

  3. That's a very good point, Madeleine. I know exactly what you mean about keeping our lovely notebooks pristine. x

  4. :O) Thanks Amanda
    The other great thing about notebooks is looking back and seeing how many more revisions of a poem or story I made than I remembered before it was finally completed. It's a really interesting journey.


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