A lot of authors keep notebooks with them wherever they go. I do. You never know when a new idea will come. And this past week, the opening to a new thriller novel gripped me, and I had to write it down. If I didn't keep a notebook and pen in our car, I would have lost the words and missed out on a new adventure. New characters.
As school supplies fill several aisles in Walmart, I found some one subject, college ruled notebooks priced at $.17 each. I bought dozens of these to ensure I have one handy at all times. Some authors fear a blank page, but I greet each one wondering what will eventually come to life here? Sometimes, it's an interesting beginning that leads to a dead end, but often, the plot situations take root and propagate into a splendid world with vivid characters.
If you love to write, stock up on some cheap notebooks while the back-to-school sales are going. It's the best time to find the bargains. May your muse gift you will new realms unknown.
Leonard D. Hilley II