The MacGuvyer version of the commonplace writers’ notebook
I’m going all MacGuyver on you today to tell you about a writer’s tool that you may want when you’re in a situation where you can’t carry a handbag or have limited pocket space. Or maybe you’re floating down the Amazon River or on a camp out with no electricity for charging small electronics.
It’s the Hipster PDA (Parietal Disgorgement Aid). I learned about it from the 43 Folders website and have made Hipster PDAs for students in my writing classes.
Advantages of the Hipster PDA:
- No battery required.
- Slim size makes it great for when you’re traveling light.
- Easy and inexpensive to make.
Here’s how you can make your own Hipster PDA.
First, assemble your parts:
- A small binder clip.
- Index cards (3×5 or 4×6 depending on your preference)
- One rubber band or colored hair scrunchie for extra style (optional)
Directions: Place a small stack of 10 to 12 cards together and add the clip. That’s it.
I like to use a different colored card to separate the used cards from the blank ones. An optional rubber band can be a backup for keeping the index cards together in case your binder clip gets knocked off.
The Hipster PDA is perfect when you need a place to:
Write down ideas for a commonplace notebook. In fact, it can serve as a commonplace notebook.
Note scenes for your novel, memoir, or screenplay. Use one card for each scene. Once you have a collection of scenes, line the cards up on a table or the floor and move them around to see how you like the flow.
See how others, including writers, have used index cards as part of their creative process.
*photo courtesy Wiki Commons