One of the things I’m terrible at is letting go. I’m a perfectionist. I edit while I write my first draft (even if I’m writing by hand), if I can make any kind of list into a spreadsheet in Excel, you bet your ass I will. I know these things about myself, and I accept them.
The place where these things cause a problem (okay, okay, ONE of the places) is in my writing. Oh my gosh, I’m so SLOW! But also, and more importantly, I get really caught up in outlining things in Excel, or no wait! maybe that outline will look better in a table in Word, so I’ll try it in there! I mean. It gets a little ridiculous.
So I bought this notebook.
Innocuous, isn’t it? And yet it’s changed my life. My rules for the notebook (there are always rules, my friends):
- Write stuff in it!
- Write whatever I want in it! Brainstorm, outline, write chapters, no one cares!
- Never tear out pages!
I don’t know why, but rule #3 has been really important for me. Leaving everything all jumbled up in there has given me some sort of weird freedom the computer or loose-leaf paper never gave me (I guess I can organize those too easily).
Since I bought the notebook, I’m working on a new novel (YA fantasy, fun!) and two short stories. All at the same time. All jumbled up together, living happily in one notebook.