Random thoughts bombard me almost constantly so therefore I carry a notebook around with me all the time. Note this is a positive idea, especially for my writing.
A couple of years ago I started using the same black notebook at work. Students began to notice this notebook and that I wrote in it all the time. They started to inquire what I was writing. In lessons I will often say, “I love that! I am going to write it down in my notebook.” Students inspire me. Most of the time when I look back I am rushed back to the time and place of which I wrote the thing down – sometimes I am at a loss as to what I was talking about!
I just recently learned the term: COMMONPLACE book , which seems to sum up what my notebooks are. Compilations of information, quotes, snippets of conversation, printouts, things cut from magazines, and random thoughts. I am using a bullet journal style format now mostly. I enjoy the little sketches and play with text and line with check boxes. It is visually appealing and I like the aesthetic. The filled books are lined up in a cabinet in my office and I often look through them for inspiration.
I also have several smaller notebooks in my purse – one of which is a Harry Potter notebook with the most wonderful cream paper you have ever seen!
In the car during my commute I used the note app on my phone and voice texting to capture thoughts that then get transferred to a document when I get some free time to get it down.
Today’s randomness from the commute do you wonder? Thoughts about my writing process and following through with completion of a piece of writing. Those thoughts will show up in another SOL later in the month!
Do you keep a notebook?