The Satisfaction of Filling a Notebook

Sure, you can write on a computer. I hear that many writers do so. In fact, I recently read Lawerence Block’s chapter in Spider, Spin Me a Web in which he said that writing on a screen was the best way to write because that way you have control over what the prose looks like. After many poetry classes where form and line structure were discussed, I can even see his point.

But very, very few things beat the satisfaction of taking a notebook that was once filled with nothing but blank lines…and filling it up. Page after page littered with words that didn’t exist before I took a hand to paper. It’s not as fun as typing ‘The End’ but there is a definite sense of accomplishment. You can point to that notebook at the end of the day and say “I filled that.”

It’s a definite motivation when you’re in the middle of a long piece to point at the benchmarks. You can guage your length, your accomplishment, and know that something in the midst of all those word count goals became tangible. A computer screen is a computer screen is a computer screen. You can go on forever and not realize how much you’ve done utnil you hit the print key.

My way is great for those who are interested in immediate gratification.

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Jenny writes dark fiction that her mother hates. Her stories and essays have appeared in Across the Margin, Pantheon, Shimmer, Black Denim Lit, Skive, and others. When she’s not writing her own stuff, she’s reading mysteries for Criminal Element. When she’s not writing fiction or reviews, she’s writing/directing/performing/designing plays at Springs Ensemble Theatre.

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  1. I like notebooks, too. (I have enough of them.) And I like filling them up–usually from Morning Pages, which hasn't been happening much and may have something to do with my lack of productivity, but I digress.

    It's just faster for me to do the bulk of my writing with the computer. I keep a little notebook with a day by day list of starting and ending page/word count. Still get that satisfaction of knowing how much I did without the hand cramps.

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