Writers and artists take note: A question to follow…
I just went through the process of pulling together a bunch of disparate gags, quotes, and story notes from a variety of sources. I still have to go through some files on my PC to complete the effort.
Now, I follow the “carry a notebook” philosophy, so that I can always write down ideas or scribblin’s when they come to me. I stole a pen cap from a ballpoint to protect my mechanical pencil nib, so that’s easy enough to carry. The kicker is the notebook: to be pocket size, it has to be small, but because it’s small, I’m forever having to jot my ideas down on Post-its, paper scraps, and whatever else may be around when the notebook is full (or, god forbid, absent). My phone of choice is a “smart phone” with a touch screen, so I can also jot notes directly into it, and it is pretty ubiquitous, but its fidelity is nowhere near as fine as pencil and paper, so I’ve found it not to be my preference.
So, the question: How do you other creative types keep your thoughts in order, and, more importantly, available enough that you can put ‘em to use easily when it’s time to draw from the old idea archive?