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Notebook Shenanigans

15 Jan

As per my resolutions, I am scribbling fiercely in my notebooks. I know, even my pet dragons are surprised. Since I am thoroughly enjoying those moments and proudly told someone about my notebooks and handed out advice about what to write in them, I figured, why not share with you, loyal reader writers.

So here we go, based on my notebook shenanigans: WHAT TO WRITE IN YOUR NOTEBOOKS…


  1. You need at least one notebook that must be called Book of Wordiness. This is the notebook that you’ll fill with….well, words. Not just any words, though. See, what makes writing an art is when you use the ‘write’ words. Fill this notebook with words you find beautiful and fill it with the synonyms of everyday and/or simple words. Like walking, smiling or looking. There are many words for the same thing. Use them. Diversity is good. Fancy words are also good, as long as you use them sparingly. Also fill this notebooks with metaphors or similes that you come up with. Or perhaps any interesting descriptions or other sentences that pop into your head. Beautiful crap, basically. 😉
  2. One notebook needs to be filled with writing tips. Just writing tips.
  3. One for outlining stuff and structure. So, drawings of the three-act structure and the character arc. Things like that. You can adapt those to any story you write and add brief outlines or frameworks for your stories.
  4. One for short stories and writing prompts. Fill it with post its and put a mini sticky note after each writing prompt or short story to separate them, but write the name of whatever is on that page on top of the sticky note so that when you need to find a writing prompt or short story, you can immediately find it.
  5. One for your novels. Plot outline, characters, scene descriptions, excerpts. Anything to do with the Big Works.


And that’s about it. Depending on what you write, you can also get a notebook for each genre, but hey, I like any excuse to buy MORE notebooks. Basically I could manage with five different notebooks, but I have like ten. Why, you ask? Because notebooks are AWE…wait for it….EPIC!

If you don’t have a notebook, get five. And if you do, tell me what you write in them. I’d like to know about your writerly shenanigans.


Happy scribbling.




Pick the ‘Write’ Words

13 Aug

As writers, we yield our pen like a wand, the words that come out of it are our magic. We have complete power over the words. So we have to choose them wisely. We’ve all read those books where not just the story itself is captivating, but the words are dripping with deliciousness. We want to keep tasting them in our head and read them over and over again. They dance for our soul’s eyes and make music for the ears.

This is the kind of Word Ninja most of us strive to be.

A good word-related tip is to pick specific words, as I tweet my #writetips, this might strike you as familiar, but here goes again: pick the RIGHT word.

There is this quote about how being a writer means that you have homework every night for the rest of your life and that’s true. Some people read dictionaries for fun due to their love of words. Which is good, because it expands your vocabulary and that is the key. Now, five minutes of me reading a dictionary will direct my attention to shiny things considering I have the attention span of a squirrel. But I do look up fairly ‘simple’ words and look for the synonyms. (Words that are regularly used, like walk, say, think, etc.)
This brings me to another of my write tips: Always carry a notebook. In this particular (really pretty) notebook, I write words and add their synonyms. For instance:

Walk = stride, stroll, traipse, tread, strut, pace or march. Pick the right verb and it paints the picture much clearer. Being visual is also important.

Expanding your vocabulary will allow you to pick fancier and more fitting words for your story and/or characters. It also means that you can create diversity.

And speaking of diversity, it’s GOOD.

Not just different words for the same thing, but also same things in a different way. Write: ‘She sighs’ one time and then the other time: ‘A sigh escaped her soft lips’. Little things scattered around the pages like that make ALL the difference. Along with picking visual words/sentences. Does she walk past him or breeze past him? Does she look worried or does she bite her lip? Is she about to say something or are the words rolling on her tongue?

It basically comes down to this: Know your words. And in this case also keep in mind the opposite of one of my life mottos: Don’t Keep It Simple! Put your Fancy Words Hat on and make the words play a symphony instead of lip synching to Britney Spears.

Check this:

He touched his purple tie as he checked out his reflection. He had black hair, with white streaks around his temples. His eyes were fern green, making them stand out, instead of the scar on his lips. He had been told that he looked like a mafia boss because of his expensive suits, his stare and the overall dark vibe around him.


He touched his purple tie as his eyes danced over his reflection. The colour of his thick, black hair was broken in its evenness by the white streaks around his temples. His eyes were fern green in colour, drawing immediate focus to that part of his face, instead of his full lips or the scar that ran through them. He had been told that he resembled a mafia boss in his expensive suits, with his piercing stare and the overall darkness that drifted around him like heavy perfume.

Metaphors and similes also help paint the words a brighter colour, but that’s for next time!

Channel your inner WORD NINJA!

Channel your inner WORD NINJA!

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