Keeping a Writer’s Notebook – Do You? You should! – Part 3

Years ago, I started a writer’s notebook, with personal experiences, descriptions and words from books I was reading, etc. Mine fell into disuse for a while, but it’s time to resurrect it. Don Massenzio offers great tips for these next tebooks. Here is part 3 of his series.
Thank you for sharing your ideas, Don!

Author Don Massenzio

This is the third post in my series on keeping a writers notebook. I can’t emphasize enough how important this tool is for cataloging and organizing ideas. I take most of my ideas for this tool from the book, The Writer’s Notebook by Ralph Fletcher. This book helps you organize your notebook and use the information you record for various purposes.

If you want to read Part 1 or Part 2 of this series, just click on the links.

interesting wordsKeep Lists of Interesting Words

Did you ever come across a word while playing Words with Friends or while thumbing through a magazine article or the vocabulary quiz in Reader’s Digest and think that it was an interesting word that you’d like to use some time?

I started keeping lists of words and their definitions some time ago and try to weave them into my writing.

Here are some examples:

  • Instead…

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This Week in Indie Publishing

Tips for independent publishing firm Don Massenzio–read on!

Author Don Massenzio


7 guides to self-publish your book

They say everybody’s got a book in them. What ‘they’ don’t tell you is that that’s only half the story. The real challenge is getting it published. Fortunately we live in a tech-world now, so you can get it out there yourself digitally. The eBook Self-Publishing Bundle is here to show you how.

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Self-Publishing Authors Can Now Boost Sales Through an Amazon Author Profile

Outskirts Press Inc., the #1-rated self-publishing company according to Top Consumer Reviews, has introduced a new marketing service for self-publishing authors: the Amazon Author Profile. This new service helps published authors make the most of their selling opportunities in the Amazon Books marketplace by providing book buyers more of the information they need to make a purchase decision.

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Three Line Tales : Scar Tissue

Writer Lynn Lovely be writes a complete story in just three lines. Wow!

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photo by Joel Filipe via Unsplash

‘Jelly sting,’ he’d said. ‘Swimming in the Gulf of Mexico with Nico. You met Nico, right?’

I’d kissed his scars – welts like bronze earthworms pushing from the surface of his back – he’d turned, pinned me to the bed as I wriggled and laughed, another afternoon lost to each other.

It was only after he went missing I searched his things, found the case, the money, the filmy packets and their dense white powder. All those scars.

Written for Sonya at Only 100 Words’ Three Line Tales. See the pic and write a tale. To join in and to read the other stories this week, see here.

And seeing as I seem to be making a habit of quoting from songs at the moment and it’s a lovely, sunny Saturday here in the UK, let’s throw in a little Red Hot…

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Turning Towards the Inner Critic

Writer Lbby Sommer shares insights s on how ne’s inner critic and how it affects writing. Read on.
Libby, thank you for sharing your thoughts!

Libby Sommer, Author

'Mindfulness' book coverby Libby Sommer

It is essential to separate the creator and the editor, or inner critic when you practice writing, so that the creator has plenty of room to breathe, experiment, and tell it like it really is.  If the inner critic is being too much of a problem and you can’t distinguish it from your authentic writing voice, sit down whenever you find it necessary to have some distance from it and put down on paper what the critic is saying, put a spotlight on the words—“You have nothing original to say, what made you think you could write anything anyone would want to read, your writing is crap, you’re a loser, I’m humiliated, you write a load of rubbish, your work is pathetic, and your grammar stinks …”  On and on it goes!

Say to yourself, It’s OK to feel this.  It’s OK to be open to this.

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Studying the Masters of Detective Fiction – Dan Brown

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Daniel Gerhard “Dan” Brown (born June 22, 1964) is an American author of thriller fiction who wrote the 2003 bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code. Brown’s novels are treasure hunts set in a 24-hour period,…

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A New Year, A New Purpose

Some time ago, I read this post. Whether because of my frame of mind at the time or some other reason, it didn’t speak to me as it should have then. I would like to share this with you now, as it discusses why we tangle and how tangling helps. Read on…

The Tireless Tangler

It’s a new year and I’m full of awe that I am still surviving in 2017. 2016 was easily the worst year of my life and I have never been so relieved to see a year slip into the past. I’m praying this year will be boring and uneventful and full of love and art!

Speaking of art! I have not been blogging but I’ve been creating at a frenetic pace! I’m so relieved I’ve gotten my creative spark burning again, so assuming the sky isn’t currently falling, I’m dedicating myself to an art centered blog once again (life willing!).  If you still follow this blog I appreciate your patience with my occasional digressions. 

One of the joys of this new year has been the progression of my Zentangle® Method journey. I’ve been happily tangling for over a year! One of the most enjoyable things I’ve done is join the…

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Monday Motivations

Today’s Monday Motivations from Esther Newton is inspired by a beautiful Spring day. Write on!
Thank you, Esther, for a sunny inspiration and a very Holmesian photo prompt! Have a great week!


It was a glorious spring day yesterday. I hope you all had some sunshine wherever you were. Here are some writing prompts to get you in the creative mood. If you want to send me your work on these themes to be included on my blog next Monday, please just post them at the end in the comments box or email me:

Word Prompt: Sunshine

Photo prompt:

IMG_3292For last week’s prompts click here

EDC Writing builds up a vivid picture in the mind with his piece:

The thing with warm days… people sweat.

It’s late September in Italy on Lake Garda in the town of Malcesine. The noon queue ever growing for the cable car to the top of Monte Baldo.

You know the kind of queue, where you can’t quite see the end until you’ve shuffled for an hour. This one ascending floors to a transient fresh air…

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Monday Motivations

This week’s Monday Motivations from Esther Newton follows, along with some results from last week’s photo prompt. Enjoy!
As always, thank you, Esther!


Hope you all had a great weekend. Here are some writing prompts to get you in the writing mood. If you want to send me your work on these themes to be included on my blog next Monday, please just post them at the end in the comments box or email me:

Word Prompt: Relations

Photo prompt:

BooksTo see last week’s word and photo prompts, click here

Thank you to those of you who sent in your creative offerings and also to those who had a go just for themselves.

Please click on the following link to see Geoff Le Pard‘s super interpretation of the themes:

Carla Burns sent in this entertaining and compelling story:

Vantage point         

She had no idea where she had first heard or read it – heard, presumably, as it had been part of her vocabulary so long it must have predated…

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Markets For Writers

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Enjoy writing a story with chills and thrills? Then this week’s market is for you. ‘Writing Magazine‘ are running a ‘Paranormal Short Story Competition‘. All you need to do is give the judge a little scare…

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Monday Motivations

After missing last week’s post from Esther, I didn’t want to let another Monday Motivations slip by.
Esther, thank you, as always! Your dedication is greatly appreciated!


I’m just about coming back down to earth after the excitement and buzz of last week’s London Book Fair. So here is this week’s Monday Motivations word prompt:

The Hiding Place

And here’s this week’s picture prompt:

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Last week’s Monday Motivations was a rollover, featuring a photo and word prompt. Here are your wonderful creations:

EDC Writing was quick off the mark:

They sat
She wriggled some
Gave a yelp
Jumped up and stripped
Touched her toes
He pulled splinters
One by one
By reflected light
A perfect moon

Steve Walsky wrote a beautiful piece:


Lights strung around, and between the trees
forming a halo above the old, worn-out bench
A bench of wood, now so less inviting
yet tempting for the tired
A place to rest within the shade
a place to contemplate one’s days

Please visit Helen Jones‘ blog to read her wonderful piece of…

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