I have a serious affection for office supplies. Not necessarily paper clips and file folders, but things like notebooks, post-its, pens and pencils. I love the various sizes, shapes, colors. I love to stand in the aisle at the store and just look.
Because when I look at all that "stuff", I see possibilities. Blank pages are waiting to be filled. Post-it notes are waiting for me to jot down story ideas or "addendums", then affix them to an easy-to-see place. Pens and pencils are waiting to be used up as I plot and plan.
Sure, I use a computer for my writing. I don't know anyone who doesn't. But there's something about being able to put my "hands" on a story idea... something about being able to flip the pages in a notebook and read and re-read about the characters and ideas and plotlines I've sketched out. Which is why I keep a notebook for each book I'm working on. The notes inside it start off very organized and easy to understand, but as the story develops and changes, my notes become kind of random and sporadic, scribbled furiously wherever there's a blank spot.
Some things stick around until I check them off the list. Others get vetoed completely. And I love it! I love looking through the notebook and seeing this crazy stream of consciousness that becomes my book. (Or looking back on the notebooks that have already become a book!)
It's a physical reminder that I've got something really cool going on in my head. And, for me, it's a great way to keep my thoughts organized and together. It's also a sentimental reminder - left behind after the book is finished - of the story and characters I loved and spent so much time with.
Happy writing and reading everyone! Have a great week!