The writing process edition.
I love Moleskin journals. I have two or three of them, big and small-sized. In fact one is my “signing” journal. Since I try not to hang on to too many books, when I go to an author signing I usually have them sign in my little journal. So I have 10 or 15 different autographs all in one place, and I think that’s pretty cool.
I don’t keep a “journal” so to speak; this blog is pretty much that. But I’ve always used these things for keeping track of ideas and triggers for my writing. Even when I’m writing on the computer, I keep one beside me to make notes in as I think of things unrelated to what I may be working on (like character names, which I tend to forget from page to page). Recently, though, really over the last year, I’ve been doing more and more freehand writing longhand, then transcribing it later. I’ve decided to make that switch as full-time as possible, for a couple reasons, not the least of which is the fancy Cross pen my mom gave me for my birthday a couple months ago.
One, by the end of the day I’m sick of looking at a computer. I like to sit down and scribble away in a Moleskin. Two, there are few distractions — no internet access on the Moleskin, and believe me, I am easily distracted. Finally, I can keep it with me and jot stuff down, get a paragraph here and there, whenever I want to. Yeah, people who are totally plugged into devices will tell me to get an iPad, but at $20 a Moleskin is a little cheaper.
Finally, I love to flip through and see all that writing. It is gratifying in a way that looking at online text isn’t (though I do like printing out finished work for the same sense of satisfaction). It’s like going from a pile of logs and, over a stretch of time, arriving at a neat pile of split wood to go with all the sweat and blisters. I like to see signs of completion, of a job well done, that, frankly, I don’t get from my day job.
So this picture is after I completed my first full story in the Moleskin, my entry for Naomi Johnson’s Watery Grave Invitational contest. It’s called “Run for the Roses.” I’m pretty happy with it, and I’m eager for folks to read it, even if it is a little dark.
Finally, if I start investing that much more time in my Moleskins, it will totally justify one of these. . . .
Photo Finish Friday is the brainchild of writer/blogger/world traveler Leah J. Utas.