The Writer’s Briefcase

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By Carrie Charley Brown

Does it feel like you are always on the go? Whether it’s a vacation, weekend road trips, travel to sporting events, or just plain waiting for Mom in the doctor’s office, the Writer’s Briefcase will offer hours of exciting writing adventures for you. You can take it anywhere and it will be full of writing supplies that you pick out!

You may be wondering, “What exactly will I do with a Writer’s Briefcase?” Just think of this as a publishing house that travels with you. Great writing ideas are everywhere!  Capture your ideas as soon as you get them. You can create tiny storybooks, magazines, journals, spy notebooks, and more right on the spot!

Briefcase ideas:

  • Briefcase
  • Plastic sectioned box
  • A make-up organizer
  • An old suitcase
  • A backpack
  • An old pencil box or lunch box

You may want to ask your parents to assist you with a garage sale shopping spree. Stores may also feature these items in the office supplies or makeup storage sections.


  • Binder with paper
  • Postcards
  • Small sheets of paper
  • Tri-folded sheets of stationary
  • Envelopes
  • White or Colored index cards
  • Tiny customized notepads
  • Pre-folded/stapled books
  • Tiny stapler
  • Stickers/Stamps
  • Manuscript/Cursive Alphabet
  • Markers
  • Fun Pens/Pencils
  • Colored Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Eraser
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Glue Stick


Knowing how creative you are, I’m sure your minds are buzzing already with ideas for your own Writer’s Briefcase. But, just so you know that I didn’t forget about you, here’s a peek at my fourteen year old’s Artist/Writer’s Briefcase.
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Are you tired of grabbing the closest crumpled napkin or receipt to write down your ideas?  Personally, I switched to an adorable little journal for my idea keeping.  It rides in my purse with at least two pens.
When I go on more purposeful outings, I take copies of manuscripts, pencils, colored pens, my laptop, business cards, index cards, blank legal pads, and a sketch book.

No matter the age, tell us: What are you planning to pack?  Leave a comment below.

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Carrie Charlie Brown juggles ideas every day as a children’s writer, teacher, blogger, and mom. She believes success is possible with the next best idea. Learn more about Carrie HERE and at

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9 thoughts on “The Writer’s Briefcase

  1. I have a bunch of journals (stashed all over the place), and I recently took an old pencil-box and shoved it full of pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers, and even a gluestick. :) Having a “Writer’s Briefcase” would make carrying them much easier. :)

  2. A great idea for my little ones (one starting to write and the other just “drawing”) to take around with us! Love the idea of pre-stapled little books :) Now to roundup all my journals and find one with spare pages…
    I think stickers and stamps, an alphabet for my son to copy letter shapes, coloured pencils, blank booklets, glue and scissors (always a huge hit with my 3yo) in a zippered pencil case. I need a mummy writers kit for those trips to the park while they are playing!

      • An office supply store sold soft (lightly padded) foldable office. About 6 a4 size all up but folds down to a4 with lots of pockets. I put a pic on FB page – great for swimming when we have 2 different times. My baby girl made a lovely sticker book story on Monday!

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