I’ll be honest, there were days when I didn’t write. There I said it. I wanted to be a writer, to spin a tale worthy of a book club, but I couldn’t seem to schedule my day well enough to make the writing thing work. I had plenty of excuses too: three kids whom I homeschool, meals that stood between me and my laptop, and then the adoption of my son, which drove us back to diapers and bottles and the emotional effort of bonding. How could I be a writer if I didn’t jot down the mandatory 500 words a day?
One post-it at a time. That’s how.
If I had an idea, instead of looking for an hour to spend working on that scene, I committed 2 minutes to writing it out on a post-it or two, which I then stuck in my 3-ring binder “Notes Page”. Like making a deposits into a safe box, these little ideas grew into a new novel.
Countless benefits to post-it writing have actually increased my productivity:
Then – A great idea was born, so great that I couldn’t possibly forget it, right? (Wrong!)
Now – I have a post-it notebook with every idea, good or bad, ready for further development or deletion.
Then – Writing success was determined by the number of words I wrote for my current work-in-progress; a worthy goal but one that set me up for failure.
Now – Writing success is an actuality; not determined by the number of words I write, but by the solid ideas, the cluttery look of post-its stuck inside my notebook.
Then – I spent $4.00 on three pads of post-its.
Now – I buy a 6-month supply at Sam’s club for $8.00
The lessons I learned:
1. Take life in small snippets. Yep. Post-it sized moments.
2. A great idea is no good if you can’t remember it. Save it with a post-it.
3. Post-its fit in any size purse. You’ll never be without.