Thursday, September 16, 2010

Writer’s Wednesday - 2010-09-15

Wednesday, September 15

Today, I wish to expand on note taking. Past topics of voice recorders and composition notebooks are just the tip of the iceberg.

The rest are note cards, steno pads, reporter’s notebooks and spiral notebooks. Included in this are the loose pieces of paper that I recycle from my printer. With the exception of note cards, I use the rest as temporary storage locations of my ideas that pop in my mind. I currently use note cards, steno pads and loose pieces of paper most of the time.

The paper is the one I use most often in that I cut it into quarter sheets and then fold them so that I can stick them in my shirt pocket. I write small so I usually can fill these quarter sheets with quite a few notes. They are real handy in that I can get to them at any time. The disadvantages to the quarter sheets are that I can easily misplace them when I get home and that I usually have to be near a hard surface in order to write on them.

My note cards offer some of the same advantages and disadvantages as the quarter sheets of loose paper. One exception is that the cards are rigid enough to take notes on without placing them on a hard surface for support. The same feature that gives the rigid-ness of the card also can be a disadvantage. The thickness of the card means I half to carry fewer cards.

When using both the loose quarter-sheet pieces of paper and note cards, I prefer them to not have lines on them. I know I do not write straight but I can cram in more lines of data. Again, this is because I write so small at times.

When I carry my book bag, I tend to use my steno pad for my notes. It is easier to keep up with and I can use it without having a hard surface because of its hard cardboard backing. The chances of losing the notes drop as well. I used a reporter’s notebook on occasion for the same reason.

Mainly, I use anything and everything I can get my hands on to keep from losing an idea. I hate the idea of losing a great idea. Yea, sometimes those ideas seem great at the time, but when I look at them later, I wonder why I thought that. More often, I would come up with a solution to a writing problem, and if I write it down, it fit my needs for that part of the project.

Yes, I do have more ideas than I can really use. But I can’t afford to let one slip away just because I may or may not need it. The ideas I do not use, I place in an idea file so that I can possibly use it in a later work. I can’t guarantee that the idea will ever be used. Yet, I will have it available if I do happen to need it.

How do you keep up with those ideas that pop into your mind while waiting for an appointment or watching that Little League game?

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