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Saturday, December 5, 2009
What's the Big Idea, Anyway?
Caroline Sharp, author of A Writer’s Workbook, suggests using a large three ring binder as an Idea Book for collecting your brainstorms, bits of overheard conversations, story plots, hunches, clippings, short descriptions, sketches, photographs – anything. Tip: tape or staple those bright idea napkins to a sheet of notebook paper and file them in your idea book. Better yet, start carrying 3” x 5” index cards for jotting your ideas.
Your Idea Book follows no rules but your own. Put it together as you please. If want your Idea Book causal and messy, that’s your business. If you are the more organized type, you can organize your book with color-coded page dividers and retype those scribbles from scraps of paper. It’s up to you. Since your Idea Book is a working document, organize it any way that works for you.
My first love was reading, and my second love was writing. Deciding how to string words together fascinates me.
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