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Field Tests! How to keep writing, even in the rain...

Posted by Amanda Fleet on

Holidays are always a mixed blessing for me as a writer. In many ways, time away from writing or editing is a bonus as my brain gets to switch off. That sounds exactly what a holiday should do, right? So, what’s the downside? The downside is that once my brain gets to relax in such amazing scenery, it also gets creative. Too creative, usually, as nine times out of ten I’ll come up with a plot for another book! As a consequence, I need a notebook on me at all times! And, given the weather we had, one that will withstand the rain and cope with being chucked around in a backpack.

Enter the Rite in the Rain notebook, and The Alwych, both of which I road-tested (almost to death, but not destruction!) on holiday.

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Using a pocket notebook - 5. Daily Driver

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

The daily driver pocket notebook was my setup in the past.I still use a notebook as a daily driver, but it is a desk-sized book. My pocket notebook now works ancillary to it.Used in this way, the pocket notebook becomes task manager, journal and commonplace notebook all in one. My own method was to start the day with a gratitude note, i.e. one thing from the previous day for which I am grateful. Then I would start listing my major tasks for the day, and adding in any appointments. The book would be at my side all day, with tasks...

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Whether it's fine or whether it's sunny, this'll cope with it all - it's all-whether, tha noos!

Posted by Scribble Monboddo on

If you go into space and you're gripped by that old urban myth about competing designs for orbital stationery, you can even take a pencil.

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Using a pocket notebook. - 4. The Listers

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

Listers. They have daily lists, to do lists, shopping lists, lists of lists.There’s a lot to be said for a list. 1. Making a list. If we discount the actual output, ie the physical manifestation, the process of making a list is essentially a planning activity. Often, I write one at the start of my day, things that I want to get done. Sure, the list is handy as a reference tool, but often, I find that I complete it without ever looking at it. The act of making the list is the more important element than the manifestation. 2....

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Pencil parade...

Posted by Amanda Fleet on

I love a good pencil, me. Emphasis is on good though. Scratchy pencils - you know, those ones that seem to have a grain of sand in them as you write - well, they can take a running jump, frankly. But a pencil that writes smoothly, has a decent darkness to the line yet holds its point over many lines of writing...? Well, that's every pencil-lover's dream, isn't it?

Let me give you a flavour of 9 different pencils and what they're good for. Some of them are definitely writing pencils. Some of them are softer and at a push, could be used for sketching or doodling.

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