Which of these best describes how you use your favorite journals and notebooks?
A. I only write in my journal/notebook.
B. I write and sometimes sketch/doodle in my journal.
C. I extensively use my journals to create art. More art than writing.
For a long time, I kept sketches and doodles confined to a sketchbook and only used my journals for writing – though at this point, I’m not quite sure why. If I were to speculate, I think there was a part of me that didn’t want to interrupt the deep thinking process I would experience while writing – a process that 8 years ago, was still very new to me.
This article “I Draw Pictures All Day” at Smashing Magazine offers some great insight:
“Many traditional educational systems do not encourage active engagement with the material. Doodling, drawing and even making diagrams helps us not only engage with the material, but also identify the underlying structure of the argument, while also connecting concepts in a tactile and visual way.”
These days, every one of my books is a combination of writing, doodles & sketches because I now know that it’s important for me to use any process that stimulates my overall growth.
How about you? Do you ever consider the reasons why you work with a specific creative process?