What I am about to share is very personal, and I never have shared before: a notebook.
I never share these pieces with anyone. But, this particular book is one of the most beautiful I have ever had the fortune of finding, choosing to add to my collection AND using on a daily basis.
For some background on my notebooks…here is my own answer to my a forum thread I posted on NaNoWriMo:
(RE: Who has a special notebook for their novels?)
This is just a fun question for some of us who very much do have special notebooks (or two…or five).
To answer the question….
….I have a 5 book series that I am working on (read about it in my bio). I called the first book “Pre-book” because it’s the book before the disaster starts (beginning of Book One). So I have one notebook for its entire outline.
When I was done with that book, I moved on to Book One….unfortunately (or fortunately) ideas flooded in waaay quickly, and the notebook for Book One became the notebook for all the ideas that connected Pre-book through Book Five.
I also have a notebook that I started for the book I ended up attempting for NaNoWriMo last year (there wasn’t much in there when I started).
AND, the best and most special of my notebooks is the one you see in my photo. I bought it for my birthday (Sept. 26th). It looked beautiful and felt tactilely and emotionally perfect. So far, it’s my NaNoWriMo book for this year. So happy with it.
Can you tell how much I love this book?
I have used my book so far to outline a bunch of important pieces to my story. There is so much more to go…so much more to outline…
…you ready to see it?
After the cover, the first photo shows what you see the moment you open the book. I just finished the right side last night, actually. Something new and unique is what I tried to create. The next photo shows the next page. As you can see, one is not even started and the other is incomplete (I promise to add the finished one once I do). The final page is the next after the incomplete ones: a printed photo that inspires me and….the first page of my writing in the book — also incredibly personal.
Enjoy. And Reed.