A writer’s notebook gives you a place to live like a writer, not just in school during writing time but wherever you are, at any time of day.
Ralph Fletcher, A Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You. Harper Collins (1996).
The idea behind a writer’s notebook comes from the lives of professional writers who often keep notepads close at hand to record ideas, words, thoughts... as they come to mind. It is an essential tool for the writer.
Catherine Goodwin, author of the young adult novel Seeking Shelter always keeps a notebook beside her bed when she’s working on a story. “Be prepared,” she advises young writers. “The best ideas for a story often pop into your head in the middle of the night and they’re lost by morning if you don’t write them down."
Cycle Three teacher Susan Brisson has each student keep a writer’s notebook. She believes that if you want to teach students to write- you must be willing to write yourself. She shares her writing with her students; her struggles to find the words to fill a blank page; her successes when she finds just the right words to describe those small everyday moments. Susan inspires her young writers to look inside their own lives for the seeds that will make their writing come alive.