a peek into my writing inspiration notebook

16 Mar

I have several notebooks (somewhere around thirty), but there’s only one I consistently use.  A small, black, moleskine pad that fits perfectly into my small purse.  I carry it around with me whenever I go out (at home I can scribble anything down at any time, and inspiration rarely strikes there, except when I’m about to fall asleep) because I’ve learned that if I don’t, I’ll get a bunch of semi-brilliant story ideas and nowhere to put them.  It actually happened to me just a couple of days ago (I haven’t learned my lesson yet, I guess).  I’d just read about a library story contest (which I ended up entering – when the results come in, I’ll post it on here, whether or not I win) and then I went out to the mall.  Well, my brain started giving me all sorts of interesting ideas, and since I’d left my notebook at home, not expecting to need it, my sister ended up buying me a pad and pencil at the dollar store.  So now I’m very careful about taking it everywhere.

I thought I’d share some snippets from said notebook.  Some of them might be familair to you (that is, you’ll know what stories they’re from), some are undeveloped story ideas (never throw away a seed for a story – Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote the Anne books from a simple story idea – ‘a couple sends away to an orphanage for a boy.  A girl is brought instead’), some are names, and some are random quotes and bits of conversation I’ve overheard or gotten from books, movies, and songs.  Honestly, I sometimes flip through this notebook and wonder where some of the things in it came from.  Anyway, here they are, reproduced as exactly as I can make them.

Cathwra <—– name of celtic princess!!!!! sister’s name will be Eithne

“I looked in disbelief at the woman in front of me.  She was beautiful, in an almost painful way.  The night was chill cold and she wore a blue velvet cloak dripping with diamonds.  Then she turned and”

3 book trilogy?  Series name: Quest FF [the FF meant ‘for freedom’]  First book name: Rising Up  Second book name: Raging On Reaping  Third book name: Ruling

Have a character in one of my books add ‘what?’ to the end of every other sentence.

Tristan Pink.  Samish Saridan.

“You’re here, now I don’t have to die alone.”

Girl bullied at school, pulled out because of it, they find her on facebook, she finally commits suicide <—- true story I overheard.

Woman buys book, finds random note inside, left by a guy, they get married.

Write a novel about Shadrach, Meshach and Abendago.

Wolf Guy – late thirties, black hair/ponytail, green eyes, knows sign language, wears wolf shirt (wolf has matching green eyes) <—– Book character

A team is only as strong as its weakest link.

Sequel to Robin Hood – one of his sons.

Write a story based on the Titanic soundtrack.

There should be codes in the VIM trilogy.

In Sparta, if a man wasn’t married by the time he was 30, the state made him marry.

Little man in brain, forbidden from reading forgotten memories, stares wistfully at the door to the memories, when he’s about to die, he reads the forgot. memories and that’s why your life goes before your eyes when you’re about to die.

Samuel came downstairs, his face heavy with both grief and anger.  He had just helped his mom upstairs.  Now he came up to me, wrath in his eyes.  “She’s cried more than she has since Matt died,” he said harshly, flinging out the words, wanting to hurt me.  I deserved it.  “Why did you do such a thing?” he asks.  He leaves before I can respond.

Do you want to start a fire?

“Next stop – Marshland Court” <—– Story idea.  Passengers on bus end up in time vortex and go to medival times where they must work together to thwart an evil king.  Girl and mom reconcile, all that jazz 🙂

“In most graduations, lives aren’t at stake.” – what if almost everyone you graduated with was killed?

“You only know you love her when you let her go.”

Um.  Yeahhhhh.  I’m weird.

How about you?  What’s in your notebook?



Posted by on March 16, 2014 in random, snippets, writing


12 responses to “a peek into my writing inspiration notebook

  1. Alexa

    March 17, 2014 at 12:57 am

    This is so cool! I have several writer’s notebooks, and then I organize them in files online according to Names, Random Sentences, and Story Ideas.
    Here’s some examples: Names: Etza and Chaton.
    Story Ideas: Story about a 50-year-old star who grew up in poverty, had a Christian family. But gave all that up when she became a star.
    Random Sentence: “Trust me.” that was she said to me. All those years all those lies, she’d roll her bright blue eyes and say, “Just trust me.” I should’ve known that I never should have.
    My days flowed together, like a quiet stream. One meaningless moment after another.

    • evaschon

      March 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Cool! I don’t think your notebook is nearly as crazy as mine. You’ve got some nice stuff in there.

      • Alexa

        March 18, 2014 at 2:06 am


  2. missjanebennet

    March 17, 2014 at 2:24 am

    If, however, you would like it in an email…no objections at all! Just let me know! =)

    • evaschon

      March 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Send it along! Since we’re both basically insane, it won’t matter, will it? 😉

      • Alexa

        March 18, 2014 at 2:07 am

        It’s like they say in Alice in Wonderland, “We’re all mad here.” 😀

  3. JennaC (@ThatJenC)

    March 18, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Ooooooh I have a notebook, but I don’t really use it, though there are some ideas in there! Actually, all my ideas are stashed all over the place LoL. I have a bunch of these papers in a drawer—story ideas and such. Isn’t being a writer just fun?? hehe

    • evaschon

      March 18, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      I agree with that! I didn’t know what fun was until I became a writer 😉

  4. JennaC (@ThatJenC)

    March 18, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Oh! And then I have a book where I write out snippets for future stories, and title ideas =P

  5. Victoria Grace Howell

    March 19, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Lots of cool notes. Reminds me of some of mind. I started keeping a notebook again after not for a years. There’s just something about pen and paper as opposed to phone or iPod.

    Stori Tori’s Blog

  6. joyandlilies

    March 23, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    I’ve thought about carrying a notebook to scribble random thoughts in. I really should. 🙂 Here’s something I typed on my iPod (what I had with me) one day:

    “He concentrated, his eyebrows slightly furrowed, and his lips set. His slender fingers gliding the pen methodically over the page. I watched him sign his name, as he had in cards that were given to me. It struck a chord in my heart that I wasn’t expecting, to see his blue eyes guide the ink into the curlicues of his name.” I edited it after the initial thought until I liked it. No real point to it but … good practice I suppose.

    One night, a guy I didn’t know well looked down at some bright red boots I was wearing and grinned, saying “I REALLY like your boots.” So when I got home I scribbled that down as a possible story seed. Red boots … or any article of clothing … bringing people together? 🙂

    I love how random writers’ thoughts are. Haha


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