My mind is sometimes a perilous place. It’s filled with twists and turns, seemingly unrelated thought paths running side by side. So it helps sometimes when I write things down so that I can come back to them. Of course, I don’t keep a journal and I’m horrible at sketching out ideas (they always seem more realistic in my head rather than on paper.) I do, however, have a Dayplanner and notebooks (currently three in active use) spread throughout the house. These contain my random ideas, mind maps, drafts of blog posts and newsletter articles, along with the occasional sketch. I do also have two sketchbooks that I use exclusively for sketching* and keeping track of how much studio time and the materials I use for each piece.
“Why so many?” you ask. Each notebook was bought for a specific purpose, either a class, for use as a guestbook, etc. but ended up as a place to jot things down. Also, they are different sizes, some to fit in my work bag and the big one is great for mind mapping. The sketchbook duality is because I lost one sketchbook, bought another, and then found the first. They travel around the house and take turns in the studio. I plan on only using one at a time in the future.
Think this all sounds jumbled and confusing? You should peek inside my head sometime! How do you keep track of all your thoughts? One big book? A PDA or laptop? A tape recorder? Leave a comment about why that works better for you.
* I know I said that I’m horrible at sketching. I usually draw out a minimal sketch with a lot of written description just to remind me of what my imagined piece looks like. You can see more from inside my sketchbooks here.