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    Write notes?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Lemex, Jan 22, 2008.

    Do you write notes?
    Or keep a Notebook with you just in case?

    I didn't, untill just before Xmas, and now, I have nearly filled half a notebook with ideas to use/been used.

    Just wondering how many of you do this?
    and if so, do you write loads, or just little short notes?

    I found myself writing entire first drafts in notebooks, and it really helps.
     
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    I mean to, but never do. I am so lazy though. Sometimes I wake up in the night with an idea and will jot it down on a scrap peice of paper by my bed, but I never know where I left it in the morning :p
     
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    I tried but my hands don't handle pen and paper well.
    I can barely write a grocery list and have it readable.
    I come to the computer and write out my ideas which works pretty well since
    I am home most of the time.
     
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    I never go anywhere without my composition book and pen. There is paper and pen on every level surface in the apartment, and in my office, i have three walls covered with newsprint to scribble quick notes.
     
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    I've never really done something like that. Talking to myself over the idea and daydreaming out loud (and visual) keeps stuff in place. I may jot down some important things on a paper once in a while...but rarely.
     
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    I don't do much notebooking cause most of my ideas come from brainstorming sessions in front of my computer. I do however write things down when I have a sudden stroke of brilliance.

    Luckily my church gives out pamplets every morning and when I ahve an idea I jot it down on the margins of the paper. At school I got notebook paper for my binder, and when i'm just walking around I have reciets in my pocket.
     
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    I tend to carry a notebook with me, but it's not for notes. When I get some free time at school, I continue writing in that notebook and transfer it to my computer later. And sometimes my writing is better when I write it out by hand, so that's the other reason. I have five writing notebooks, most of which are nearly filled with stuff for different ideas I've had over the past couple of years.
     
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    I write notes for my stories in a little composition note book (I think it's about 3" by 4" or something XD it's rather small). I even started one of my books in it lol
     
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    I take notes. I try to write them in notebooks (which I compulsively buy), but really anything that pencil or pen or lipstick will stick to is good enough. Napkins, receipts, the headboard of the bed, my hand etc...
     
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    I don't have a notebook, but sometime in the summer, I started a file on my computer devoted entirely to story ideas and jotted notes...it's currently over 100 pages, and counting. When I have writer's block, it's always really good to to scan over all those notes and see if there's anything I can use to take my story in a new direction.
    I also have a notebook by my bed for ideas I have in the shower (which happens with astonishing regularity.)
     
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    I write notes down on bits of paper and keep them in my wallet, when I'm away from my computer, then I enter them into the appropriate story. I still have heaps of them in my drawer. Half the time I can't even remember what I'm on about. They usually end up very cryptic :redface:.
     
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    I used to write notes on random pieces of paper, but then they got lost, so now I just write them down on the same file in my laptop.
     
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    I once wrote a lot of notes and would have a bunch of pages of them. But I realized that all I did is just write ideas and not write about them. Sometimes having trouble executing the ideas correctly but that's another story.
     
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    I have have long periods of note taking followed by non-note taking

    When I take notes I have a small pocket notebook with me everywhere. Actually, at the time it was two: One for writing the rough draft (it is an atrocious thing) and one for writing actual notes. I filled up half the notebook with the rough draft, and the other one was everything from map sketches, name lists, quick psychology studies (look up Enneagram for some interesting personality starters) and created a sort of Elian cipher (go ahead, look it up).

    I even started using regular sized notebooks, I organized them by People, Objects, Locations, Events, and Miscellaneous. Problem is, I really only used the People book, and for everything, and I really suck at taking notes for a story because I like to have it be a complete thought before I write it down, or at least be able to put into words what I need to remember. Anyone have any note taking strategies? Besides of course always having paper and a pencil.


    Fun Fact: I'm actually supposed to by writing a new rough draft/ outline for my story right now. I think I'm already doing something wrong with my note taking...
     

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