Technology for Writers
Recording our thoughts as soon as we get them has been highly recommended or practiced by many authors, including Mark Twain. Currently, some authors still create that novel with pen and paper. But for the most part, typewriters followed by keyboards have been a writer's best friend. We sit at our electronic gadgets to write, edit, and sometimes to add our thoughts to the internet. I love my laptop and would be lost without it. But I also have to capture those fleeting thoughts when my gadgets aren't available.
During very long drives, I often wish I had a voice recorder. I always end up with great ideas when I'm driving. I don't pull over on the interstate to jot those ideas down. And no matter how good the thoughts were I have forgotten them by the time I arrive at my destination. While driving, a recorder would be an excellent choice. However, my preferred method of keeping track of ideas is with a good spiral journal.
Spiral Journals for Writers
|Orchids on Brown|
Piccadilly -- In looking back at my collection of journals, I realized that Piccadilly is a brand that I most often use. I like the colorful and durable covers, the sturdy wire spiral, and the quality of the paper. I often feel as though the act of unplugging and physically writing sometimes gets my creative juices flowing. This Orchids on Brown and a butterfly are my two favorite journal designs. The large journals are approximately 9 x 11 and fit perfectly in the bag I carry to work. This size lends itself to longer rambling entries.
Occasionally, I prefer to carry a smaller journal. On long hikes, other outdoor adventures, or traveling in public venues (such as the metro) I don't want the extra weight of a large journal. So I carry a small version. While I use this for rambling notes and bits of fiction, the medium sized journals are also good for jotting short notes and not feeling like I'm wasting an entire page.
Zazzle -- I have several friends who use their photography to create gorgeous spiral journals on Zazzle. Their original artwork makes these journals unique. In addition, you can often personaizel Zazzle items further by adding a name. CrypticArt's Web of Pearls spiral notebook and Melkav's Beautiful Bouquet are just two examples of the many spiral notebooks offered.
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