My writing notebook is precious to me. Sometimes, it feels like my whole life is inside. But I don't make any particular effort to keep it hidden or secret. It's lying around the house, on my desk, beside my bed, on the kitchen table. My kids or husband could easily take a peek, but I don't think they do. Well, maybe the kids do, long enough to see that there's nothing much in it about them.
If someone did peek at my latest page, here's what they'd find:
1. Two quotes by Donald Maass from Writing the Breakout Novel:
"Great characters are the key to great fiction."
"The characters in your story will not engross readers unless they are out of the ordinary."
2. A bunch of nearly illegible ideas about applying some of what I've read in Maass's book to the novel I'm revising
3. A mysterious phone number (maybe I'll have to call it to see why I wrote it down)
4. A note to myself to back up my book files (I am going to do it today, I promise)
5. And the titles of a couple of new MG books profiled at the Middle Grade Buzz Panel of BEA:
The Unwanted by Lisa McMann
Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
What's in your writing notebook today? Do you keep the contents of your notebook a secret?