After being asked to explain my novel notes reference in the previous post I thought I’d do so for anyone curious.
As a side-effect of my longstanding notebook addiction, when I see a notebook I really like, I tend to buy in bulk. In this instance it was a range of beautifully decorated hardcover notebooks and I bought… ahem… more than one. The next problem was what to use them for, as the notebook I carry with me has to be light and spiral-bound.
Quite a few authors have been heard to say they keep notes about their characters etc and I thought why not give that a go… So was born my very attractive Novel Notes notebook. It’s been in existence for about a year.
So far it has notes for two novels in it: One is a lot of questions, thoughts and even a few scrappy maps I’ve drawn. The other is all character arcs. The most useful thing I’ve found about them so far, is seeing how my thinking about characters / plot evolves: Notes I made a few moths ago no longer apply and occasionally I find a note that reminds me I was going to include this or that, but have forgotten.
Not sure I’ll use it for each novel I work on, but it’s useful enough to keep at it for these two projects.