Writers trade in ideas. That’s why we always carry a pad and pen because we’re never sure we can recreate the exact phrasing—or remember the idea at all—at a later date.
By extension, we’re paranoid about losing our work. So, imagine my panic when I not only misplaced my notebook but found it in the dryer looking like this:
The book is inexpensive compared to the notes written inside. I carefully removed the paper cylinder, mouth agape as I assessed the damage, before I determined that this…is the Best Notebook Ever.
Not only were the pages intact, my writing remained perfectly legible.
I’ve been carrying Moleskine notebooks around for years. They’re slim enough to fit in my back pocket and strong enough to survive daily wear and tear. Now, I’m glad to see just how secure my ideas are in those pages.
Of course, I regularly transfer those notes to my computer. I just hadn’t had the chance to copy over some musings—along with a forgotten story point on a future novella.
My favorite pens also deserve a shout-out here. “Paper Mate Flex Grip Elite Pens” are just some fancy words for “damn good writing instruments.” They’re comfortable, reliable, and apparently, smear-resistant enough to survive the wash cycle.
I’m sure every writer has their preferred tools of the trade. Mine were refined through years of trial and error. I’m just glad my choices survived this brief mental lapse.
Here’s to hoping this never happens again.