Ten Things for the Writer's Notebook
1. Mr. Braiman.com's Top Ten Questions And Answers About Writer's Notebook and Writer's Notebooks -- What You Can Do.
2. William Eastler's Tips for Young Writers includes creative ideas for a writer's notebook.
3. What's in Your Little Writer's Notebook? by Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ
4. Something to put in your writer's notebook: Eclectics.com offers a Fiction Writer's Character Chart.
5. Examples to follow for your notebook: Karen S. Wiesner, author of First Draft in 30 Days, has examples of character, setting, plot and scene outlines as well as other notes for one of her paranormal romance novels here.
6. Freeware/Shareware virtual notebooks: Jonathan's Corner.com offers The Magic Notebook for free download; FreeMind has gotten some raves from some writers I know as a great virtual notebook; Mindjet.com offers a free trial version of their mind-mapping software program MindManager 6; NovaMind.com offers a free 30 day test drive of their software for both Mac and Windows users; most praised by other writers as a terrific virtual notebook: Richard Salsbury's freeware program Rough Draft; Voodoopad offers a lite version free for download; and last but not least, Simon Haynes' yWriter freeware works well as a virtual notebook for breaking down novels into workable scenes and chapters, too.
7. Rie Sheridan's article The Writer's Little Black Book.
8. Not all writers think notebooks are worthwhile or even "really writing", as Caro Clarke points out in her advice article The Writer's Notebook, or Let's not really write. (We won't tell Caro I've been using them for over thirty years.)
9. Writers Notebook the writing discussion board.
10. Finally, an ancient PBW writer notebook trick: Get a bunch of fill-in information forms (job application, resume forms, love and compatibility test, etc.) and fill them out for your characters. You can also draw up a horoscope or do a mystical reading to get some different spins on your characters' birth signs, personalities, and fates.