Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Talk Back Tuesday Mini Poll: How do you use your notebooks?



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?

9 thoughts on “Talk Back Tuesday Mini Poll: How do you use your notebooks?

  1. A few go to journalling, others to note taking for classes, some to jot ideas/dialogue/research for my books in places where I need more discreet collections of information easily accessible and the larger ones + big pads go for plotting/mind mapping/character development/working out scenes/gluing in pictures – ANYTHING that will jumpstart my creativity, but keep it loosely collected while I fill out my beat sheets. I keep demanding COLOR because I’m visual that way and the dull orange/black stifles my brain sometimes.

    Does Rhodia have anything like the Staples ARC system? Or paper I could punch and stuff into the discs?

  2. I write mostly but doodle some. I only uses utility style notebooks right now to jot down thoughts; I have, though considered starting an actual journal to try out the sketchnote method. I guess that’s still doodling though.

  3. The notebook is my creative work. . I have always had a day job and the nature of my creative work has been very fluid and over my life having my notebook always available means that making art and living my life as an artist happens where and when ever I am.

  4. A 100%. I don’t seem to think visually. Doodles, diagrams, mindmaps, and even nemonics have never worked for me. The only way I rememeber is making the thing I want to recall into a story. If I have to write it down it must be handwritten. I write and remember, I type and I forget.

  5. I’m a product of a nontraditional but oppressive educational system where I was forced to keep myself moving, pushing upstream against the flow every single day.
    I use my notebooks for everything that involves pen/ink/paper.

  6. I’m a compulsive doodler, but I learned a long time ago that if I have to remember something, it has to be written down (preferably somewhere where I can reference it again and again). So my books are a combo of doodles, doodles that became something more, and notes of various grades of mundane.

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