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Tools of the Writing Trade: The Scratch Book

Written by Daniel Verastiqui · 55 sec read >

Here’s a fun fact: it takes exactly 1 Cambridge Business Notebook, 80 Sheets, Legal Ruled, 8-1/4″ x 11″, Wirebound, Gray (06062) to write a novel. I know this because I have done it six times. And since I do it, I have to assume every writer on the planet does it. Except you. You probably use some kind of newfangled cloud-based note-taking app like OneNote or Evernote. And that’s why you’ll never be a #1 New York Tires Bestselling Author.

Just kidding. Do your thing, man. I’m just excited to have purchased a notebook for Book Seven, which has become too large of an idea to hold in my head anymore. I usually don’t have another book chambered this early, but I like the idea so much that I need to start working on it, which is hard to do when you’re in the middle of finishing something else.

I don’t write multiple stories at the same time, but I don’t have any rules about brainstorming and mapping and working out timelines in a scratch book while I wait to finish Brigham Plaza. Soon as Book Six goes out to the proofer, I’ll be getting started on the next one.

Until then, I’ll just be making notes in my Cambridge Business Notebook, 80 Sheets, Legal Ruled, 8-1/4″ x 11″, Wirebound, Gray (06062) and printing labels to stick on my Cambridge Business Notebook, 80 Sheets, Legal Ruled, 8-1/4″ x 11″, Wirebound, Gray (06062).


PS. I’m not trying to brag about having “done it six times.” Yes, technically I’ve written six novels. But have I written six good novels? That’s for Xenu to decide.

Written by Daniel Verastiqui
Daniel Verastiqui is a Science Fiction author from Austin, Texas. His novels explore relationships and identity in the context of ubiquitous technology, pervasive violence, and frequent nudity. His most recent book, Brigham Plaza, is now available in print and digital formats on Amazon. Profile

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2 Replies to “Tools of the Writing Trade: The Scratch Book”

  1. I’ve just started on the Evernote route and so far, so good. Each very much to their own. I have not written 6 novels, but I do have a very nice writing playlist in iTunes.

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