The resource I use the most is of course all about my writing– in fact, it IS my writing.
Over the last years, I’ve scribbled into dozens of notebooks of all shapes, colors and sizes. I buy a notebook or two wherever I travel. A stop at the stationery shop is a must. I’ve never thrown away a word I’ve written, and now I have a mid-sized cupboard all filled with my writing notebooks.
During this time, whenever I’ve wanted to start a fresh piece of flash fiction or short story, I’ve gone back, read all the free writing crammed into a notebook, and fished out a phrase or two that worked. Sometimes words lead to more words, especially when writing very short fiction, so the snippets from an old notebook can be an invaluable resource.
I still write by hand, at least once a day, a page or more. Over time, this has become not just a record of my growth as a writer, but a physical reminder of the hours I’ve put in. When mired in self-doubt, I open my cupboard, and tell myself– you’ve done a fair amount of apprenticeship, you’re ok.
And when some of the snippets lead to published pieces, like this one, that won a commendation at the Bath Flash Fiction Award, or this one at a journal run by the Antioch University, I hold my notebooks all the closer. They might be full of crappy lines, but some of them can be salvaged still.
What about you? What is a resource you use often? Do you ever write by hand, in a notebook? Do you keep everything you’ve written?
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