When a reminder ribbon on a writer’s finger just won’t do

As a regular follower of The Writer’s Circle, I saw this meme today…


Funny, but all too true. In fact, if I took the time to look back a few days (or was that a week ago?), I’d post a pic of another meme which touched another nerve… about how all of “great ideas” writers have are often lost because they forget to write them down. It just so happens that, during the Teaching Composition class I took last semester, I found a remedy for that issue, in various pages of The Essential Don Murray: Lessons from America’s Greatest Writing Teacher. Murray kept a journal of ideas, quotes, poetry (his own), etc…. and thinking that, at 50, my memory isn’t getting any sharper, it might be a good idea to start a journal of my own. Problem is, I’m an “old soul”, and a spiral bound device, or anything “newfangled” just has no appeal to me.

Fortunately, while visiting Independence Hall’s gift shop this past December (the day after the Army-Navy game… Go Navy!), I happened to come across a journal that just made sense… of course, tooled leather books always do, to me, anyway. The Paperblanks “Black Moroccan” Slim Journal is portable (fits right in my inner jacket breast pocket), so it’s perfect for taking with me anywhere (and I likely fits well into shorts… thinking ahead to summer, that is).

Not quite sure what I’d start writing, I noted some ideas for blog posts, various quotes I found particularly useful, and random thoughts about history or writing. Interestingly, I came to realize these thoughts come and go rather quickly, so taking just a bit to note them is a pretty good idea. Acting on those notes (to include ideas for blog posts) is another story… but at least I can look back and see, in those moments of no ideas, what thoughts I had and if they feel right for the time (to start striking the keys on the computer).

I’m still getting used to it, but I think keeping a journal is a worthwhile practice for anyone who writes. As you can see, since that purchase in December, I’ve found a few more Paperblanks journals I plan to fill… over time.




2 thoughts on “When a reminder ribbon on a writer’s finger just won’t do

  1. That is a good idea. I kept one by my beds for a while to record thoughts that came to mind or even to record segments of dreams that woke me up in the middle of the night. (Unfortunately, my handwriting – normally not great – was pretty bad at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning. )

    The only writing I ever do is for my blog, and I went months without making any entries and lost that habit. Plus it seems most of my recent projects are more research-oriented than “original musing” so I haven’t resumed it, but it’s certainly a helpful tool (though I do occasionally type in a note on my tablet if something pops to mind, but not all the time.)


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