A notebook is an essential tool for remembering great phrases and paragraphs you read. I've kept one for years and thumbing through it reminds me of the books I've read and loved. Actually writing things down by hand helps it stick in your brain too.
[It was when I found myself writing things from TRICKSTER in my notebook that I first fully realized what an extrordinary writer Jeff Somers is. Don't ever tell him of course. We like to torture him with wry observations about his character and cats, not confuse him with compliments.]
Two things I added to my notebook yesterday came from Evan Lewis's new story in the upcoming May 2015 issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
Judging by the old man's hands, I'd have tagged him at sixty. The confidence and economy of his movements might shave ten years from that, but the truth was in his eyes. Those eyes had seen Lincoln shot and Caesar stabbed, and were probably watching when Cain killed Abel. Now they were watching me.
I fished for a way to begin. "How well do you know Portland?"The Old Man's shoulders rolled in a noncommittal way. "We've cuddled," he said, "but never kissed."
What's the most recent thing you've written in your writer's notebook, or jotted down to remember as great writing?