"Writers collect. They collect random inspiration - things they notice and conversations they overhear. They collect around a single idea when beginning a project. They also collect possibilities for revision. They collect ideas for future projects. And they collect bits and pieces of life that may (or may not) have significance."
-Ruth Ayres, Enticing Hard to Reach Writers, p. 89.
It all started with a tweet....
In the age of digital, my writer's notebook has certainly been something I've neglected. When an idea strikes, it's easy to open the blog or document where I want to write. Going directly to drafting instead of my notebook likely leads to writing that doesn't have the depth it could have. I suppose many ideas don't percolate long enough. Digitally, I often use Google Keep, Voice Recorder, or my notes app to do some planning, but it still isn't the same so I've been thinking about my notebook for awhile.
Then I saw Michell's tweet. Her tweet to took me to her post. Her post led me to a plan. The plan led me to a community.
So for the next 100 days I'll be opening my notebook. I've kept my goal for this time pretty simple: one word. Basically all I have to do is open the book, put my pen to the paper, and get down one word. I've even already told myself it could be adding one artifact. It's just one. One attempt. Of course, I know myself well enough to know most days it will be more than that, but I know I'll need to permission to step back when I need to without giving up. It's a notebook, it's supposed to be simple.
If you would have loved to join, but are worried you're too late, the way I see it all you have to do is write about six words to catch up. That's just a really sentence. Ha! So go ahead, pull out your notebook (or go buy one), and jump in with us.