Today my WIP (TOTMMCBICSWOIA), is going into a simple 3-ring binder.
I learned about using notebooks from my friend and critique-mate, the talented and prolific Carolyn Marsden. I remember when she first joined our group we discussed (as writers do) our various processes. Carolyn had her notebook along and said something along the lines of I get a notebook and my story goes in there. That was it. As if her story just magically grew within the binder’s shell. We still joke about her magic notebook filling up with a novel a la Shoemaker and the Elves style.
But there is something to the magic of a binder.
- It makes the story tangible and concrete in a way that a computer file doesn’t.
- I read paper pages differently than I read on a computer screen.
- I can work on it in (virtually) any environment. I don’t have to have electricity or my computer.
- I can flip back and forth between sections more easily.
- I can make notes in one place – instead of the millions of scraps I’ve been using up to this point.
But most of all, it means – for me – that story is at a point where it feels worth printing out. I hate wasting paper. When I am constantly making tons of changes, it just isn’t worth it to have that hard copy. It’s almost meaningless.
So, hooray for the binder!
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK