Owning few books and writing many words

How stories and people create wonderful connectionsb

This post is part of a blog tour to initiate International Authors’ Day, hosted by Debdatta from b00kr3vi3s.in. Make sure to visit the other participants listed in the end.

Can you imagine writing 500 words per day? Me neither. And still I am doing it. I took part in a challenge in the beginning of the year. And although I was very sceptical about online communities, it was the messages of other participants that kept me going. Now writing my 500 words is a daily habit.

In fact, I am working on 1613 words per day now, at Camp NaNoWriMo. I am very much behind and I rarely like what I write, but again, it is the commitment and encouragement of the community that pushes me through.

Just like the Internet connects people, books do, too. But only if you let go of them. During the last two years I learned a lot about minimalism but still it’s hard to travel lightly, since most of my luggage consist of books. I would never throw a book away, but I learned to give them to friends. I won’t read them again, but in the hands of my friends they will be taken care of or even set out on further journeys.

Meanwhile I also received books from friends. An old memoir of Katia Mann which was a birthday gift from my Godmother to her mother in 1975. And Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt, a book my grandmother loved. I got it from a friend at her birthday party. Guess what I gave her as a present? Right, a book I liked and thought she’d like it, too.

Let go of your books and connect with the people. You will remember the stories and enable others to enjoy them. (And you will create more space on your shelf for new ones.)

How do you connect with books and people? Let us know in the comments below!

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And now hop on to other people’s blogs and connect through books.


The importance of taking notes

“… the ability to make a note when something came to mind was the difference between being able to write and not being able to write.”

—Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

Joan Didion imputes this insight to her husband John Dunne. I learned it in a creative writing programme, but I knew it before. I am a regular note taker, and lists are my favourite. Without my notebook and planner I’d be lost. Everything from phone numbers and tasks to fulfil, to things to look up, movies to watch, quotes to remember and experiences I made, ideas, dreams, recipes – everything ends up in one of my notebooks.

Get it out of your head

What is on paper is out of my head and I am more open for more new input. I don’t have to worry about forgetting something.

I go through it every day and it keeps being impressive what I find. I have deleted all these things from my head, so it’s always a little surprise to find what I wrote down the day before.

My notebooks are my source of inspiration: life is my source of inspiration and my life is in my notebooks.

They are so important to me that I had to ask a friend I had stayed with to send it back to me because I had forgotten it at her place. In fact this post derives from a note I took afterwards and rediscovered again.

How to take notes: paper, pen, go!

You can practice taking notes by going outside, and simply noting down what you see.

Taking notes makes me more aware of my own thoughts. Because every other idea that passes my brain will be noted.

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