Have you ever found something from your past that you completely forgot about? I found out I am a hoarder of thoughts and ideas. I’m so glad our technology has steadily improved because now I can store all of my collection into one place.
I recently found a notebook – one of many – that had a lot of notes scribbled from the time I went to the DFW Writer’s Conference to pitch a book I had written.
And while the actual book pitch ended up being an incredible and fun experience, alas nothing came of it. It will always be a wonderful memory of mine to say I had the guts to pitch a book to an agent and won her interest.
Ten years have gone by and now I find this notebook and all the memory it contains. I was reminded of some projects I was working on at that time and now the itch is coming back to pick up where I left off.
It is about time I go through my stuff and digitize it all and compile it in one place. Like a lot of writers I know, I stopped writing long-hand and prefer to type it all on my writing app, Scrivener. However, there are times when I catch a snag and find that writing long-hand really helps unravel my thoughts.
The physical act of writing with a pencil and paper can also sometimes be soothing. As a knitter and crocheter, I completely understand the draw to tactile sensory activities. They help me focus.
There are plenty of times when I would take my knitting or crochet project to bowling with me. I know that sounds a bit silly to knit in between bowling, but it truly helped me focus and not let myself get too worked up on the frustration of a bad frame.
And now as I return to my writing, I feel renewed and refreshed. Finding my old notebooks have made me discover a truth that I never thought was possible: I never stopped dreaming. My writing was merely lying in wait for the day I was ready to pick it back up. I have this post to thank for explaining more succinctly what happened to my creativity when I shelved it to deal with life.
I’ve got quite a lot of work ahead of me! There’s two rooms I need to sort through at the house and spruce up. I hope to turn one of them into an office. For now, though I have the exciting chore of gathering up all my written notes and begin correlating them into my hard drive. I can’t wait to see what more memories I stir up in the process.
What is your chosen mode of writing? How many notebooks of your past works do you have in your secret stash?
One thought on “Weekly Update: A Road to Nostalgia”
I legit just went through my notebooks and writing pads from when I was in high school and I realized I need to rekindle that love for writing and for that reason I’m back to blogging full force!
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