I have lots and lots of notebooks, most of them I’ve used only a few pages, some of them I’ve never touched. And I’ve never felt guilty because I never spend a lot of money on them, but now they take up the majority of my desk drawers, and are piled up in my closet.
These last two years I’ve been pretty good about it though. I bought a set of two for a dollar, and have used pretty much every page back and front in the first one. I came this close to actually using the whole thing, which has never been the case in the last twenty plus years I’ve been at school.
And I continue to get better at it, and am now actively using two:
- The first one is a Field Notes knockoff I bought in a pack of four for three bucks at Wal-Mart. I took the idea of the Bullet Journal and tweaked it slightly to work in the 3.5 x 5.2 notebook (which I know isn’t doable for some people, but it works in my case). I typed up a few inserts to stick in the back of both sides of the covers for extra notes and a symbol guide, and left it at that. I’ve actually managed to get through the majority of my first tasks since.
- The second is my Evernote Moleskine I’ve just now got around to using. At this point I wish I’d have gotten the graph paper version because it makes for a better setup when you’re working with multiple mediums, but this’ll do until next time. On here, I’ve gone with dividing the book into sections – Table of Contents, Brainstorming, Storyboard (thumbnails) / Sketches, Scripts, and Extras. I’ll probably end up doing some more as I use it.
As for my actual writing. I’ve decided to keep it digital. I’m not very good with a pencil or pen when it comes to writing essays and general long form because I’m left handed and am subject to having lead and ink getting smeared all over my hands. For my blog here, I’ve actually learned of a cool Scrivener setup that I’ve now adopted. The writing experience is vastly better compared to just using the plain one in WordPress. Composition mode, which I’m using right now as I type this, is awesome.
It helps that my printer has a resizable feeder, and that I can just snap a picture of my pages with my phone. Seamless integration between analog and digital, yes please!