My Friday Fave

This friend, and fellow fan of notebooks, recently shared an insightful post on how to use them as a secret weapon to help organize your life.

Breathing In, Breathing Out by Ralph Fletcher deals specifically with the writer’s notebook—and it’s quickly becoming a fave of mine. In it, he addresses:

  • the benefits of keeping a notebook
  • creative ideas as to what to record
  • where to write
  • and lots more!

Two favorite quotes from the book:

  • “Notebooks give you a place to freeze moments, insights, or stories in which you are directly involved.”
  • “Regular notebook writing acts as a wake-up call, a daily reminder to keep all your senses alert.”

I don’t know about you, but I need all the help I can get in helping to keep all my senses alert these days!

If you like the idea of exploring writer’s notebooks but would rather not invest $20.00 to do so, check out this book written by the same author. It’s targeted more towards a children’s audience but it includes much of the same basic information as the adult version. Ralph Fletcher’s entire children’s writing series is worth every penny.

So, what will you jot down in your notebook today?

Writing Opens Doors, Part 2

(Part 1)

Recently, I discovered two tools that not only help to raise my awareness to the nuances of life, but also bump up the fun factor by quite a bit.

First, “The Writer’s Notebook”, by Ralph Fletcher. Although his target audience is school-aged children, the practical ideas collected in this book can be utilized by all writers, regardless of age or experience. One particular excerpt sums it up best:

“Use your writer’s notebook as a specimen box to collect ideas–even strange, surprising, far-fetched ideas.”

So, imagine my delight when Ralph unknowingly sent this office supply geek in search of the perfect writer’s notebook–the second tool–which was quickly discovered at Writer’s Bloc, one of my absolute favorite Web sites.

These canvas-clad notebooks are small enough to carry in my purse–and clever enough to make them well worth my while when it comes to searching for them in my mega purse.

And finally, just for fun, this notebook…

If you journal, you already have a clear understanding as to the inherent value found in writing down what is stirring about in your heart and mind, whether it is a prayer to the Lord, or a divine pausing of our day which causes us to raise our awareness of Him.

Both are glorifying to the Lord and well worth our effort. Wouldn’t you agree?

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