Keep a Journal

Sounds like common sense but let me make it clear.


A real life, physical book with blank lined pages for you to hand write sentences in. And use it for everything.

Write down that weird dialogue that just popped into your head even though you don’t have a story for it to go into. Write a list of things you want to write stories about. Write poetry. Write prose. Write microfiction. Doodle.

Just do it!

If you fill up a notebook a month you will have 12 BOOKS OF IDEAS by the end of the year. And they’ll all be yours.

You might have access to all those wonderful writing apps I’ve been talking about but try to refrain from dong your primary composition on your phone, tablet, or laptop. Many studies show that handwriting information helps you to remember it, this will help keep you from losing your place in your work.

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her masterโ€™s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessicaโ€™s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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