Collecting Ephemera.

Today I asked a classroom of students to bring in artifacts from their lives.  I asked the classroom full of teachers to do the same.  I’m going to hunt for a few items for my new notebook as well.  I’m looking forward to seeing all of the “stuff” that represents each person’s life.

This is a great way to launch writer’s notebooks.  First, by decorating the cover, which Stacey & I have posted quite a bit about in the past. Then, by filling some pages with ephemera as well.  Often objects lead to the greatest stories.

I challenge you to pay particular attention to the paper that passes through your life in the next few days.  Junk mail, ticket stubs, clothing tags — all of these items reveal the life we are living right now.  It is our jobs as writers to capture our lives.  Give some of that ephemera a new home in your writer’s notebook and begin looking for the significance in the seemingly insignificant.

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