sticky notes

I can’t seem to discover who invented the ballpoint pen, but I owe said person my life.  I’m not even exaggerating.

I understand but am secretly not a fan of the term “writing” when it refers to only typing one’s work.  That is typingWriting involves a sheet of paper and a pen.  Possibly a dictionary, thesaurus, and “baby name” book on the table as well.  Chapstick and a mango smoothie are helpful, but not essential.  Dried banana chips are a must.

I have resigned myself to being the only person in the world with these convictions, but still I’d like to introduce y’all to my writing process- in particular that of Esmeralda. This involves a significant investment in Pilot pens, college ruled loose-leaf paper, index cards by the dozen and a plethora of sticky notes.

Here it is. 🙂

So that’s about it. 🙂  It’s a very heavy folder.

  • Wow! That’s pretty amazing! I sometimes scrawl out ideas on paper with my pen, and yes, my hands get cover in ink, but I tend to like to type on the computer–because editing is so easy. However, nothing beats a typewriter!!! If only mine wasn’t broken anymore… I used to type EVERYTHING on that thing! It was so cool!
    And you organize very well! I don’t organize at all… I just start writing the story and add stuff as it comes into my head.

  • Haha thanks! You had a typewriter that you actually wrote on!?!?! That’s so amazing!! I bought one at an antique store but I don’t have a ribbon for it yet. :/ That is the coolest thing ever. Seriously.
    Haha believe me when I say this is pretty much the first thing I’ve ever organized well. 😉

  • Can’t even express how beyond cool it is that you just shared this. I am so inspired right now, I’m going to break out my notebook and mimic your awesomeness. I confess that I do usually write on the computer out of habit, but I also find that I write faster when I do it by hand. When I was sort-of-doing NaNo, I would sit down with my notebook at 11 pm and write until 12 am almost every night. By the end, I’d have a hand cramp, but also multiple inked-up pages. 🙂 Sadly, I’ve since returned to my old methods, but I truly admire your process, and I feel as you do that “writing” should probably only be defined as the physical, tangible action, no matter how old-fashioned.

  • Haha oh well I hope I’ve inspired you to manage better than I have. I admit to being quite proud of this binder, but it’s the first time I’ve ever been organized in my life. 🙂
    And yes, the hand cramps are the worst. In Puerto Rico last week we visited the rainforest, and my mind was blown. So I went home with inspiration and sat down and wrote 36 pages by hand in one evening. That was painful. 🙂
    Yeah, I think what I like about it is how tangible it is. I’ve had my computer crash too many times to be careless. I miss linux.

  • Allie

    Hi again (: Its me again…the girl who posted on your figment profile about how amazing your writing is! I was feveriously reading your stories (I’m officially addicted) and decided to check out your website after reading Proxy (which I love the beginning so far, by the way). All I have to say is: I. Am. Inspired. I’ve always been a typing-on-a-computer sort of girl but you just inspired me! And all your organization/planning? Unbelieveable. I thought you’d want to know (: I am not overexaggerating when I say you are my new idol. Wow. I’m so excited now (: thank-you for being you! You are an inspiration.

  • Oh my word, you’re so sweet! Goodness, I am incredibly happy I’ve managed to inspire you, as I sometimes lack any patience for my writing mode myself. 😛 I have always had a bent toward the romantic, old-fashioned, hands-on style of life, and so I think it’s just that it’s natural for me to write by hand first. I feel more connected to the piece, I guess. haha there’s nothing wrong with typing first / only, but I personally love the feeling of writing by hand. Try it!! 🙂
    And you’ve been reading my stories? Oh goodness. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it. 😉 And pleeeeaase critique them when you think of things! 🙂