A writer is

a person whose most absorbed and passionate hours are spent arranging words on pieces of paper. I write entirely to find out what’s on my mind, what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I’m seeing and what it means, what I want and what I’m afraid of

Joan Didion

Notebook

Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up in your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.

Jack London

Diary

In your desk or bag Or beside your bed Somewhere for the thoughts Stuck inside your head Memories and dreams And important dates To make notes or be A fancy paperweight Open and willing Waiting just for you To write down in me That it’s now time to