An Idea from Dickens

by Dillon
( Alberta, Canada)

The Great Victorian Novelist Charles Dickens carried a notebook with him everywhere he went. In it he would write character names, story titles, character ideas and descriptions, story plots, ideas, and anything he might one day include in a book.

I have started to do the same. Even if it seems lame, or you couldn't see where you could use it, write it. You never know what it could evolve into.

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Oct 09, 2010
by: Anna

I try to do this, but only when I'm plotting a new book and trying to get a feel for the characters. I've started carrying it everywhere and it's really helping me understand the ideas I have.

Aug 05, 2010
Taking the Next Step
by: Audrey

The next step after you have recorded all these great ideas is to review them. If you build a time, maybe once each month, to read back through the notebook, you are much more likely to use what you've recorded.

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