Monday, August 29, 2011

This is What Happens When a Writer Can't Find Paper...

I used to have a notebook by my bed. Someone moved it last night. I had my pen...but no notebook. So of course inspiration chose the perfect moment to strike - a couple new stanzas for my picture book - and frankly I was too tired to go in search of paper. So I grabbed my pen and used the only available surface around (my furniture was too dark or I really think I would have just written on my dresser...or headboard :D ). I woke up with hands covered in ink.

Do you ever do this? What's the weirdest thing you've ever jotted a note on?

15 comments:

B.E. Sanderson said...

I write notes on my hands all the time - especially when it's something I need to remember (and I know I won't look at whatever scrap of paper I may have had at the time).

Matthew MacNish said...

I just send myself text messages.

Michelle McLean said...

LOL I thought about that Matt, but my phone was across the room and I really didn't want to get out of bed :D That's a great idea though :D

Em-Musing said...

A check. I was standing in line at the checkout counter and an idea popped into my head. All I had to write on was checks in my checkbook. I scribbled on 3. I have no idea what the cashier thought I was doing.

Talli Roland said...

Ah! That's too funny. I have a habit of scribbling on old receipts.

Stephanie McGee said...

Last year when I was finishing my second novel I was doing so on break between classes and I'd headed off to B&N to do so. (It was a lengthy break.) I was writing the book longhand at that point and was almost done. I just had the epilogue to write. I ran out of paper in the book I was writing in and the only thing available to me was the doily they'd lined the tray with at B&N's cafe when I ordered a pretzel. (It hadn't come in contact with the food at all.) So I wrote out the epilogue on it and folded it up and tucked it into the fancy notebook I'd been writing in.

Tere Kirkland said...

Funny! I use my phone usually, like Matt. But I remember having to write on a paper towel once. The super absorbent ones make it hard to read afterward, though. ;)

Shari said...

I love the picture. I make myself get out of bed because one too many times I've forgotten what it was I had thought of as I lay in my comfy bed.

Mark Noce said...

Luv it, luv it, luv it! A true author, it actually comes through your skin:)

Amber Cuadra said...

I've written on my hands before, on the back of receipts, on napkins, on the paper placemat at a restaurant on vacation, post it notes all over my room, pretty much any sheet of paper I can find. I wrote on the walls in my closet once because I was bored, and no one ever sees my closet. X)

Rachel Brooks said...

I've written on receipts in my purse or the cardboard flap on Orbit gum cases when I was in a pinch. If you get an idea or phrase, you can't wait to write it down or you might forget!

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Christine Fonseca said...

I jot down notes on Starbucks napkins ALL THE TIME!

Holly L'Oiseau said...

Yes! I've used envelopes, bubblegum wrappers, and receipts a lot. lol

Elana Johnson said...

Not on my hands! But I've written all over other things. My daughter's pre-school papers, napkins, the backs of receipts from my purse... Anything, really.

storytreasury said...

No! Mostly because it's messy and a bit ticklish, too. Your palm writing is surprisingly neat!