Drafts and Notebooks


I am currently re-reading a novel draft from a while ago. Oh God, this is the most cringing experience ever! And embarrassing, I cannot help but think ‘Why?’

Reading all of the silly mistakes and what had a strong influence on me when I wrote it is cringe worthy. I cannot wait to rewrite the first and second chapter. The first chapter could use a lot of work and I did not like it as much as I like chapter two. When I wrote the two chapters, there was a large time period between. I could tell that there had been some growth in my writing, which is good, no writer wants their writing to plateau.

I decided when I was still taking classes, that I should get a notebook and dedicate it only to my first novel and if the notebook permits the continuation of the book one after that. The notebook I have is small, containing 80 pages, but it will suit me until I fill every page front and back. There was something that I started to do, just to keep my thoughts and ideas organized. I sectioned off parts on a page, wrote the chapter name, characters that were going to be introduced or mentioned and the three main focuses  of the chapter.

Yellow-Chapter Name. Green- Introductions/Mentions of characters. Red-Primary Focus section. All characters/ ideas belongs to Alyssa F. (Arisa Nicole)

Limiting the amount of space I have makes sure I am not going into a chapter outline in detail. Eventually I will go into detail of the chapters. The focus section is the most important information for a reader and everything else will fall around it. Hopefully. I also leave line for extra notes, in case I need add something, so I won’t forget it.

I also use it as a back up of what is on my computer. The only thing is that I have make sure both are on the same page- no pun intended.

I have multiple notebooks around my place that has all the information that I need it in. The notebook thing started because of my cousin, who wanted to help me set up a writing portfolio. Needless to say it didn’t happen, but I began using it as an outlet for ideas.

The first notebook is mostly full, every page. I have extra papers sticking out of it.

I think each writer should have several notebooks, one for general and ones for each of their stories. In them should at least contain a name bank (first and last) with meanings and origins. And have tab dividers.

I wish I am more organized but it’s getting there. One notebook at a time.

xo Arisa

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2 thoughts on “Drafts and Notebooks

  1. markella says:

    I am also a ‘notebook conusure’
    Even in this digital age, with helpful apps, I find this my most productive tool to set the stage for my ideas…..Great Post….

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