Writer’s Notebook

  • a quick paragraph describing someone you just met;
  • something you noticed which amused or excited or intrigued you;
  • a record of a conversation you just heard;
  • random facts like the population of dung beetles in California!
  • a running list of things that you find scary, or funny, or surprising, which you can keep adding to;
  • a dream you had last night;
  • a list of books you’d like to read in future;
  • descriptions of any special traditions your family keeps like religious festivals,  special celebrations for school results, maybe a funeral for a pet – anything a bit different that could be a fascinating part of a story at a later date;
  • quotes that inspire you;
  • a list of rhymes for words, or great names for characters, or a terrific title for a story;
  • newspaper clippings of interesting articles;
  • quick drawings or sketches of people or places or objects you’ve seen;
  • ticket stubs, photos, maps and brochures for places you’ve visited (great tools for a story setting at a later date).
  • Writer’s Notebook
  • The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.
  • We must let go of the life that we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
  • The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched-they must be felt with the heart.
  • I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
  • Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret to success.
  • Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.
  • Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.
  • Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices- today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.
  • My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
  • Keep your face always toward the sunshine- and shadows will fall behind you.      

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