Saturday, 28 January 2012
The Writer's Bible of Ideas
I don't know about other writers but this is something I do a lot. I have a notebook with about 200 pages and I write down every idea I have ever had in it. I used to write in an old notebook until I had to throw it away (I was writing in it in the bath and dropped it. Stupid, I know) and have now started a new one so I thought I would tell you about how I store my ideas.
On the top half of the page, I write down a small paragraph of what happens or my idea so far and then on the bottom half of the page, I write down some random notes and tidbits related to my idea.
I used to have more than 40 ideas in my last notebook and would turn to it every time I needed to refresh my brain. I also used to read through it for fun. It's quite nice to sit down with a cup of tea and read through it when bored or before going to sleep. And I often find that after a while, I have more substance to my ideas. It's like visiting an old friend and finding that you have more in common than you had previously thought.
If you're going through a rough patch in your writing, you can always turn to your little treasure trove of ideas and this will ensure you will never run out of ideas. It's also more fun than keeping a diary which is usually just a recollection of your life and not everyone has a life full of events. Those of us who have pretty bland lives won't really have much to talk about.
So buy a notebook and get a pen for the notebook and start with an idea or two to get you started. The best thing to do with these notebooks is to set yourself targets such as write down an idea every day or every week. Within a few months, you'll have a collection of ideas and will never forget them.
And a lesson that I've learnt: keep your notebooks safe and don't use them in the bath!