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Time To Disappear, Again

  • April 17, 2017
Time To Disappear, Again

The following is an excerpt from my writing notebook, dated April 3, 2017.

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I Hold A Force I Can’t Contain

  • July 27, 2015
I Hold A Force I Can’t Contain

All my life, I have been indecisive, taking excessive consideration with each and every decision, no matter the breadth. And yet, long after the conclusion, I seem to allow my mind to become commandeered with thoughts of alternative scenarios and outcomes, if only I had chosen differently.

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Thomas Slatin On How He Finds Inspiration

  • March 6, 2015
Thomas Slatin On How He Finds Inspiration

Ever since I started a blog, people have asked me where I find my inspiration. My main source of inspiration comes from real life experiences, which is why the vast majority of my writing is non-fiction. In 2011, I wrote a list of 80 Journal Writing Prompts, which was in response to the repetitive emails asking me for advice for inspiration. The journal writing prompts were posted in April of 2011, and quickly became the most visited post on my blog, and after going viral, received an average of 20,000 visits per day for several months thereafter. I knew I had stumbled upon an idea, if even...

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Would Not Come

  • August 5, 2014
Would Not Come

I spent all afternoon yesterday hopelessly agonizing over my writing, trying to write down anything but the words would not come. - Excerpt from my writing notebook, July 28, 2014 @ 11:00 AM. There are times in the lives of every writer when they inevitably feel like they are not good enough, or their writing is somehow inferior or sub-par. Writers tend to be perfectionists when it comes to their writing, myself included.

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Chasing Cars

  • July 15, 2014
Chasing Cars

Except From My Writing Notebook, July 9, 2014: Last night I dreamed a dream, which was more of a flashback to an earlier time in my life. In the dream, I was reliving the summer of 1996 when I was age 16. In the dream, I remember falling in love for the very first time; my first kiss, my very first girlfriend. At the time, I thought I knew what love was, but looking back on it, I was clearly mistaken. In the summer of 1996, I had a summer job as kitchen staff along with a small group of my closest friends. It was the summer that I met Allegra.

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What Writing Has Taught Me About Life

  • July 10, 2014
What Writing Has Taught Me About Life

I have learned a lot in my life, but perhaps the greatest lessons in life, I have learned from writing. This is what writing has taught me about life.

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I Am An Early Morning Writer

  • March 31, 2014
I Am An Early Morning Writer

For many years, I have added time and date information at the beginning of each of the entries in my writing notebook for the purposes of tracking when my best inspiration occurs. When we are prepared as writers, that is one thing, but it is quite another to track our progress and try to predict when the next magic moment of inspiration and motivation will occur.

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Copious Notes

  • March 14, 2014
Copious Notes

Many people with traumatic or unusual life experiences, such as myself, turn to drugs or substance abuse. I turned to writing. And in doing so, I have amassed copious notes based on life experiences and things I have read, learned, written about, and experienced. As humans, our entire existence is constantly subject to change, and the need for documentation has become necessary for us to make the most of our time.

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A Notebook For Every Purpose

  • January 17, 2014
A Notebook For Every Purpose

Recently, I resumed the arduous task of going through the contents of my fathers estate, and came across a collection of small bound notebooks. I never realized just how much my late father and I had in common, until just recently. As it turns out, he was an avid note-taker like me, and like me, had the compulsion to over-document his ideas, plans, and experiences. Unfortunately, his notebooks are filled with diagrams, schematics, and very high-end scientific mathematical equations that I do not understand. Brilliant work, indeed, but of course, when he was alive I asked him about...

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Writers Notebook Resources

  • September 30, 2013
Writers Notebook Resources

I have a Writers Notebook Google Alert. Unfortunately, instead of getting updates for writers notebook resources, I get endless alerts for things with writing notebook in the title. Call it fuzzy logic, or a loose-association, this is hardly what I am constantly searching for. Here is a list of Writers Notebook resources, and other things Writer's Notebook related.... #bathroomconvo - "Writer's Notebook Time!" Writer's Notebook - Article on About.com that contains a definition and many examples. Tips For Young Writers - Includes ideas and examples for how to start a writers notebook. Sharing...

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How To Completely Customize A Moleskine Notebook

  • April 15, 2013
How To Completely Customize A Moleskine Notebook

This is a follow-up post to Moleskine Hacks. To truly make a Moleskine notebook your own, and unique as possible to your style and desires, be sure to customize the cover. I have searched the Internet for Moleskine customizations, but as of yet, I have not found anyone who has covered the front with reflective tape. The reflective tape I'm using is that which is typically used on the sides of railroad cars for safety reasons. I'm a fan of railroads, and things that are industrial in appearance. Of course, I'm also flat-out obsessed with Moleskine notebooks; the only notebooks that I will...

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How To Start Or Keep A Writers Notebook

  • December 9, 2012
How To Start Or Keep A Writers Notebook

I have already written about my writing notebook a few times. For those of you who do not yet have a writing notebook, I have just one question... What are you waiting for? Seriously. Start your writing notebook as soon as possible. I have writing notebook tips for writers everywhere, regardless of experience. For those of you who already have a writing notebook, this post will hopefully help you to develop a greater understanding of the importance of a writing notebook as well as provide some creative inspiration. Notebook Selection Let's start with the notebook itself. A majority...

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The Writers Notebook

  • August 24, 2012
The Writers Notebook

View On Flickr I can clearly remember my very first writing notebook. When I was in fourth grade, at the age of nine years old, my class teacher decided to require that every morning for first period, we would all have a 45-minute freewriting session in our notebooks. At the time, my notebook was simply a classic ruled composition book; the standard Mead black cardboard cover with white blotches and specks all over it. Back in those days, the neon highlighters were now just being released for sale in stores to the general public. I can still remember wasting an entire first period coloring...

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Geek Notebook Filler Paper

  • August 1, 2012
Geek Notebook Filler Paper

Download and share these geeky notebook filler paper PDF's! Perfect for back to school, college students, work, etc. Everything you need to record notes, drawings, ideas, etc., and stay completely organized! Blank Drawing | Mind Map | Narrative | Notes

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Why Every Writer Needs A Notebook

  • December 17, 2011
Why Every Writer Needs A Notebook

Just as photographers carry a camera with them, the best and most famous writers of all time carried notebooks with them at all times, and as an aspiring or already established writer, you should too. If you don't believe me, here is a list of famous writers who all used notebooks. By the way, the names of these folks were found here and here. By the way, the second forementioned list is of writers who used Moleskine notebooks. My notebook is my second most prized possession, second only to my digital camera. What's In My Notebook I write everything in one notebook. Some folks use multiple...

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