Get a notebook

A notebook is a private space, a world in which the imagination can run free. Many authors speak about the importance of their early notebooks. A notebook provides a portable, mobile and friendly way of documenting ideas as and when they appear, and before they’re forgotten. Children’s author David Almond has written an inspirational piece about the importance of using a notebook here.

A notebook can be the back of an envelope, a piece of printer paper, an exercise book, a smartphone, iPad, or even the camera or voice recorder. The writer can use coloured pencils, a pen, chalk or they can type. What’s important is this is their personal space in which to create.