Slice of Life Tuesday: Writer's Notebook -Beginnings and Endings
A new writer’s notebook…
I hold mixed feelings about commencing a new notebook. I am quite excited about the prospect of filling the fresh pages of a brand new book. I embrace the challenge. To see my words spread out and over the sparkling white pages is a buzz for a writer. It is exciting. I’m involved in the act of capturing the raw stuff of my writing life and bringing order to my messy mind. The harvesting of words and ideas adds to the energy of writing in this new place. I am like the farmer who ploughs a new field.
I make a conscious decision to choose a new notebook with different dimensions to its predecessor. The notebook I have chosen this time is smaller than the one just completed. Its covers are sturdier. It will, I expect take less time to fill. I embrace its unique shape and form. I am keen to shape each new notebook in a way that establishes its difference from previous notebooks. The contents will add further to the individuality.
I am also feeling a sense of loss…
I am saying farewell to a friend. I am saying goodbye to a travelling companion. The notebook I have just completed has been with me every day for the past few months. Everywhere I have been, it has been there too. When I leave the house, I go through the same routine in my head –keys, phone, wallet, writer’s notebook. This notebook now bulges like a well fed belly. -A notebook crammed with gathered thoughts, ideas and potential treasures to spark more detailed writing pieces.
It will gradually cease to be my travelling companion. As my new notebook begins to fill, it will reach a point where it will contain sufficient content to travel solo. The retired notebook will continue to play an active role in my writing life though. It will join an ever expanding library of notebook that I periodically revisit and reread. I am conscious of the vital role rereading plays in informing my writing ideas. It is from reading old entries new ideas frequently emerge. I will adopt the role of treasure hunter while I reread. It will be a reunion with an old friend.
|My completed notebook|