February 28th, 2012
“The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it, useful only accidentally, only secondarily, in the way that any compulsion tries to justify itself. (Joan Didion)
What’s in your notebook? What does it look like?
For the next few weeks we’ll be taking a peek into the writing habits of Stenhouse authors who have graciously agreed to give us a glimpse into their notebooks. We invite you to share pictures of your notebooks as well — just visit our Facebook page and upload a photo with a brief comment about why and how you keep a notebook. We’ll select a few entries randomly to receive a free Stenhouse book.
We’ll start off our series with the notebook of Stenhouse editor Bill Varner. I noticed it on a pile of papers on his desk and asked him to take a quick photo and share his thoughts about keeping a notebook. Here is what he said:
“I’ve had a notebook off and on for many years. Mostly off. I used to scoff at paying for anything other than a cheap spiral bound notebook, but this black Moleskine is worth the price. It makes me want to write in it. What do I write? Mostly stray lines, a metaphor that pops into my head, an interesting quote, words that I just find fascinating, especially verbs.”