We’ve all heard it. Writers carry notebooks everywhere. Or a ” good” writer does.
But why a notebook? Why can’t you just flip open your phone to your notes app and type it?
I find that, however fantastic my iPhone, notes app and/or Evernote is, the lag time for a app to open is enough for me to lose the spirit of the idea.
Which is funny, because grabbing a pen out of a handbag can be a longer exercise. (In related news, I need to clean out my handbag.)
I think it’s because these iPhones (or whatever device you have) as such amazing gadgets that let you have access to nearly anything you want or need, that it’s easy to think about what else you could be doing, and lose your train of thought.
So you’re waiting for an app to open and a blank note to change screens. Then you think, hey, while I’m here, I could check twitter. And so on it goes.
While a notepad can be full of plenty of ideas, it lacks the real time connectivity to them all and the ability to search them. Or, I should say, you search them the old fashioned way, with your eyes and brain. Therefore a notepad can contain it all, but doesn’t have load times or the ability to distract you in the same way.
The next problem is how to manage the notebooks. I love stationery, and have too many notebooks! What I’m trying to do is transition into viewing notebooks as a cross between a creative journal and a field notebook.
For a while I thought having a multiple subject notebook, with one subject area for each blog/idea would work. Or one notebook for each topic. It really didn’t, because I have fantastic shiny object syndrome.
I know buzzfeed gets some bad stuff said about it, but I really liked this video on creativity.
How do you manage your ideas? Notebooks? Physical/digital? Any tips to share?