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It’s a Keeper: Scrubs Notebooks

Published 21 October 09 02:40 PM
Writing on notebook comes up blank.

I tutored students at my college in writing and learned tons of techniques for when writers get stuck. My favorite method of unclogging a writer's block is freewriting, where you just write whatever pops into your brain about a topic. Most times, you can find some thread of inspiration in the freewriting babble, and that sticks.

I've been looking at these scrubs notebooks for some time now, and have come up blank each time I try to write something on it. I turned to freewriting for inspiration, but ended up with a bunch of dead-end ideas.

Don't get me wrong. I love these little notebooks. They're customizable, healthcare-related, brightly colored and the line width is just right (I'm pretty picky about line width). They would make great giveaways, and the scrubs notebooks will be something that people will use and can act as good conversation starters.

Maybe it's because I have Halloween on the brain, but the first thing I wrote down in my freewriting exercise on the scrubs notebooks was "zombies, disembodied body, headless, write on innards." Yeah, that's a #fail right there.

The next thing on my (college-ruled) legal pad is "Sears - folding." I worked there for three years when I was in high school and college, and remember fondly folding shirt after shirt after shirt. My friends still admire my ability to make my T-shirts into perfect rectangles, and these scrubs notebooks brought back all of those familiar feelings about a perfectly folded top. Still, that's not really enough to write a blog post on, so I went back to the drawing, er, writing board.

"Notebooks get cold." Do they, Lynn? I've never asked a notebook if it was comfortable, but this nugget of information popped up in my freewriting. All of my other notebooks are running around topless, but the scrubs notebooks are toasty and warm in their customizable shirts.

So freewriting, in this case, was unsuccessful. I did learn some things about myself, however. Apparently, I like zombies, shirts folded into rectangles and warm notebooks. What would you say about the scrubs notebooks? Do you have any no-fail writing techniques?

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About Lynn Jusinski

After an internship at a home magazine where she wrote about media rooms and $500,000 pool renovations from the comfort of a teeny, cluttered dorm room, Lynn Jusinski graduated from a small college in Pennsylvania and then moved on to write for two weekly newspapers in suburban Philadelphia. A column she penned for the papers won an award from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. In 2007, Lynn moved back to the magazine world, and worked full-time as an associate editor for ADVANCE for Health Information Professionals. Her work on the magazine led to “Rookie of the Year” honors and a second place feature award in the annual Editorial Excellence Awards presented by Merion Publications Inc. In her free time, Lynn is typically stuck in traffic, shopping, reading, constructing poorly made crafts and hanging out in and around her hometown.
You can reach Lynn at ljusinski@advanceweb.com

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