The good news? It was water.
The bad news? Although they were mostly salvageable, some are unreadable.
I had been meaning to go through these notebooks forever because I was convinced they contained very valuable information. Maybe not!
But I always tell students the importance of keeping notes.
Next time I will mention the value of keeping notebooks in safe places. Away from liquids.
But the other good news relates to a single page discovered inside the oldest, wettest notebook. Notes from a book I bought after reading it from the library. It may have been the very first book on writing craft I added to my newly created library.
Lee Wyndham's Writing for Children and Teenagers.
An oldie, yes, but good information and a few used copies are still floating around for sale out there. Also in libraries.
My book is not readily available so I'm glad I found this note inside a
And right now I need to know everything there is to know about making ENDINGS better.
In case you can't read my notes:
1. Can't just think things out
2. Something must happen to the Main Character, a powerful personal experience that shocks, rocks or floors her. Terrific impact.
3. Then have a quiet scene to show the Main Character has changed. The Main Character thinks over her actions.
4. Then a scene where she PROVES she's changed.
5. CONCLUSION: The original character has changed considerably so
Be Brisk. Be Brief. Be Gone.
I'm off to re-create my ending! Thanks, Lee Wyndham.