Jot It Down
When I started to write professionally, I was writing for a craft magazine once a month. In the beginning, I didn't actively look for ideas and would struggle to come up with them. So I decided to subscribe to a writing magazine. Although it seemed to offer mostly fiction advice, I hoped it would give me ideas for my non-fiction writing.
After studying the magazine a few months, I read a feature about finding and recording things that would provide inspiration. The author said you just never knew when something would pique your interest. She suggested you should always have a notepad and pencil with you. I thought for a moment, and realized this was as true for fiction writers as it is for non-fiction.
That afternoon I purchased two notepads: one small one that would fit in my bag and a second slightly larger one that I placed on my bedside cabinet. Within a few days, I was glad I had. I was on the train and a passenger opposite me was wearing the most amazing necklace. Created from twisted wire and beads, it was something I felt I could use to inspire my jewelry making. I pulled out my notepad and made a quick sketch. A little later I spotted a Christmas decoration idea I knew I could use to inspire my sewing. So, out came my notepad.
Today, I try to carry my notebook with me everywhere. In fact, I'm so known for my notebooks that I now receive them as Christmas gifts. Recently, my niece even made me a small notepad just the right size for my handbag.
So, if you want to fuel your non-fiction writing, why not keep a notepad with you? You just never know what inspirational ideas you'll find around the next corner.
P.S. When you spot that inspirational idea and you discover you don't have your notepad with you, why not use the camera (if appropriate and you have one) on your phone instead?
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