I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately, mostly of the author-advice persuasion. In my literary odyssey, there have been several quotes that have in some way inspired me or at the very least made me smile. Often, when I find a quote that I love, that kicks my butt into high gear and makes me want to write, I scribble it in a notebook. I have loads of these notebooks, in piles, on my floor, under my bed… Over the years, I have spent a lot of time recording these snippets of wisdom. But here’s the thing: after they’ve been filed away in that mountain of ideas, I never read them again. So instead, I’ve decided to add them to my ongoing writing saga in the hopes that not only will I read them to be inspired again, but maybe someone else will too.
Natalie Goldberg’s notion of “composting” always inspires me to sit down with a notebook and scribble down as much as I possibly can. I love the idea of gathering moments and letting them break down in our minds to become amazing stories. It serves as a reminder to keep plucking away at the daily practice, because everything that we do, see, write has the potential to become something meaningful. I think it’s a perfect reminder to be in the now and to focus on the small details that bring fiction to life.
Do you take note of the little details? What is your writing practice like? Or, if you don’t write, how do you stay in the moment?