But now that I'm also a writer, I have another baby--my writing! I have given birth to many stories that need to be showcased and documented. I don't want them to be forgotten.
I have written for magazines, online e-zines, newsletters, and devotionals to name a few. Having a writer's scrapbook is a good way to collect all these in one place.
I also like to include inspiring quotes and verses, letters and notes from friends and critique partners that inspire. When I have the writerly blues, I can dig this scrapbook out and feel encouraged.
My writer's notebook came about from a writing meeting in California that I used to attend. The author speaker, Marilyn Cram Donahue, said she included ideas for stories, inspiring notes, and published works that fit. So I bought a fun binder notebook and plastic sleeves. My scrapbook remained empty for a while until I started getting published here and there. Now it won't even close.
Reasons to have a writer's scrapbook:
1. It's a safe place to collect all your published stories.
2. It's an inspirational haven for when you're down-in-the-dumps.
3. It's a story of your writing journey.
4. It's fun for family and friends to look through.
5. When you do an author's visit and need to find your work to show, you know exactly where to find it!
What do you do with your published works? Share your organization system with us!