After writing last week’s post on what I want to do this year, I decided to pull out my old “writing journal.” This is actually not where I store my ideas, but where I take notes on how to better my writing. I thought I would share the things that I have learned over this last year and especially the notes I took after last week’s post. Without further ado, let’s get into this.
Here is my notebook! I bought it from the dollar store and have spent many late nights beating it up. As I stated earlier I write down notes or things that I feel will better my writing. For example, I have been working on learning how to show and not tell.
Inside of this journal are several pages just about that. Here are two of these pages.
Other stuff that I have looked up are things on character personalities. Now I do not think that I am a narcissist or a psychopath, but I have and will be writing about characters that are. I want what I write to be as believable as possible. So I research and read everything I can on those kind of topics so I can write a character that you honestly believe is a psychopath. Another topic I have heavily researched is PTSD. Now I do have PTSD so most of what I wrote in Recovering is an Art are things that I have experienced first hand, but I wanted to know how other people react with PTSD. You will be able to see the benefits of this research in book three of the Recovering Series.
Anyway, so as I read I sometimes find some little inserts that other people have made up. Now I cannot post them on here, but HERE is the link to my Pinterest boards where I post some of the interesting things I find. When I find these I print them out and glue or tape -whichever is closest to me- them into my Writing Journal.
It ends up looking like this:
As I was going along this last week I realized that this book had no organization. I considered typing it all up on my computer, but I am one of those people that feels as though information sticks best when I hand write it, so instead I made a table of contents.
My notebook is not full yet, but it is getting there. I can see the difference in my writing and I hope with the release of The Healer Who Needed Healing– second book to My Other Half– you will be able to see the difference as well.
I am going to stop the question of the day for a time, but I will bring it back in the future. Thank you for reading. That is all for today.
Be free and keep reading!