Monday, May 14, 2018

You're In Charge of Your Own Notebook

Hi, I’m a sixth grader in Ms. Haseltine’s English class today May 14, 2018, I am taking over Amy Ludwig VanDerwaters blog. I’m so excited to tell you about my notebook writing adventure, and a few tips for new notebook writers. Even if you don’t have a notebook everyone is a writer.

It’s super easy to start notebook writing you don’t even need a notebook, you could use anything from a fancy diary to a Walgreens receipt you find in your bag, just anything to jot your ideas on. So you’ve got your notebook writing ingredients, a sheet of paper, one of your favorite writing utensils, and your amazing imagination. Personally, on my first page in a new notebook or jot, I like to introduce myself and my interests. You don’t even have to do that, you’re in charge of your own your notebook. Your notebook could be extremely organized or super messy. So now I have helped you, but now It’s your turn, so find a comfy spot and I challenge you to write for ten minutes. -Amelie

You can probably tell I’m not very organized :)

Hi, my name is Amelie I am in Ms. Haseltine’s English class. I love to write and have just started diving into the Harry Potter series. I have always had a passion for English and am hoping to publish a book about science using my English skills. I love ice cream and soccer and spend my days listening to the Hamilton soundtrack. If you want to see more of my writing go to my blog Life As An Ice Cream Lover -Amelie

Please know that Sharing Our Notebooks welcomes all kinds of notebook keepers - of any age and interest - to open up their pages and share their process. If you are interested in writing in this space, please contact me, Amy, directly.  I welcome you!

Please share a comment below if you wish.


  1. Amelie, please begin working on that book because I can't wait to read it. I love reading every word you write. You have such a powerful voice. It shines through every piece you write. I'm off to take your challenge and write for ten minutes (maybe more)!

  2. Oh, Amelie! We have a lot in common. I have messy notebooks, write on everything (including receipts!), adore listening to HAMILTON, and am grateful to have a notebook, a place where I feel completely in charge. Thank you for this challenge and this important reminder that writing is about what matters most to the writer, that we each approach the page (receipt?) in our own way. Thank you, too, for taking over this space! xx

  3. I hope lots of others are reading this, to be inspired to write their own words in their own way, and to be messy if that's how they want to be. I love your cover, too!

  4. I accept your writing challenge! I also appreciate your reminder that I am in charge of my own notebook. I make the rules. Isn’t that such a wonderful idea? I’m off to write in my notebook!

    Thanks for the tips!
    Mrs. Laffin

  5. I like your idea of we are all in charge of our notebook. Not as a "this thing is tied with a chain to my ankle" kind of thing but a "this bound book is where I will capture my words" concept.
    I hope you write that book. We'll be your readers.

    Kevin Hodgson
    Sixth Grade Teacher
    Western Massachusetts


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