Inside notebooks: Rose Cappelli

March 14th, 2012

I am sure that Rose Cappelli is not the only one who has quite a collection of notebooks. She shares a picture here along with some thoughts about how notebooks are like “pockets.” Rose is the coauthor of Mentor Texts and Nonfiction Mentor Texts.

I remember reading A Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You and thinking about how Ralph Fletcher compared notebooks to different objects, each with a different purpose. I knew right away that my notebook was like a pocket – a place where I stuff lots of things, including ideas. In any of my notebooks you might find newspaper clippings, copies of poems, letters, emails, scraps of paper scrawled with book suggestions, even a fortune from a fortune cookie stuck between the pages. And, there are lots of lists – lists of books, lists of words, lists of memories.

You can see several of my notebooks in the picture. I only write in one at a time, but I love looking through the old ones to see where I’ve been, what I’ve tried from mentor texts and authors, and what I may look at again from a fresh perspective. My notebooks help me move forward in my writing and my thinking, but they are always a place to come home to.

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  • 1. Joseph Mulvey  |  March 15th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Mentor Texts has been so useful to my teaching. I refer to it regularly and it has lifted my students’ writing. The idea of making lists is an easy way to start a notebook. Thanks

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