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So where do you keep all those jottings you produce about the experiences that lend meaning to your existence? And where do you record all those interesting little details you observe on your way through life and which may contribute to your writing some day in the most unexpected and original ways? A personal journal ? A writers’ notebook?

Which of the following would you deposit where?

  1. Observations
  2. Overheard Conversations
  3. Lists
  4. Longings
  5. Musical notes
  6. Letter drafts
  7. Names for characters
  8. Useful quotations from your readings
  9. Unsaid responses to someone
  10. Story idea
  11. Memories
  12. Dreams
  13. A poem
  14. A fantasy conversation (dialogue)
  15. Titles
  16. Floor plans for imaginary buildings
  17. Sketches and cartoons
  18. Newspaper cuttings
  19. Postcards
  20. Anything else?

Remember in your personal journal you are quite often looking inside at what you think and feel. In a notebook, as a writer, you survey the world as a craftsperson surveys his or her raw materials.

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