Being creative often means taking notes on flying papers, sticky notes, notebooks and getting lost in the volume. I was tired of the many papers crowding my desk and often losing track of what I wrote. So I searched the internet and found found tips to help me manage my notes, make the most of them in order to enrich my novel project.
These tips are meant to help you organize your notes. By no mean note taking should get in the way of your creative process, it should make it easier, always.
All these techniques can be adapted to your need and practice, as long as it works for you, there’s no golden rule. I personally don’t do washi tape enhancement nor add inspirational quote but if it’s what you want or feel you need to do, go ahead !
What your hear, what interest you, details found while researching. This is the easy, free creative part
You go back to your notes and assess them. What’s useful, what’s not, what can be improved. That’s were your circle, underline, cross off.
The notes remaining are your golden mine. They might very well end up in your writing project, hence they need to be singled out and highlighted.
In order to be able to do it, I only write on the right page of my notebook when I take notes. I’ll use the left one to highlight the details I am most interested in and maybe illustrate them with a small scene or a sketch.
Some might add copy your notes in a different notebook but I think this tends to come in the way of my creative process, so I don’t do it.
Sketch notes : Sometimes, ideas need to be transcribed in a more visual form but doodling, pointing, charting and highlighting can become very unsettling when gives a try at sketch notes. I picked up 2 little videos that sum up all the tricks very well and show example of how to organize your notes as you take them.
I like sketch notes because they require a different mindset than the written ones which means they allow me to tackle a scene from different angle and chose which one I like the most after.
High Five notebook : I use this method for my creative and inspiration notes.I allows me to jot them down as ideas come and still have an organisation system that’ll show me where the different topics are in my journal. It’s fast to learn and flexible. Perfect for novel brainstorming and free writing.
It’s ideal if you want your note taking organization to remain light and adaptable.
More details here.
Bullet journal : This is helpful when it comes to organize the things you have to do . I use this system to manage the blog’s publication’s plan and spread the posts all over the week. I do enjoy the collection page option that allows me to insert creative ideas, especially when it comes to brainstorm for TOP 4 ideas.
Now, I’d like to hear about your note taking process.
Do you go to your favorite notebooks or jolt ideas straight on your computer ? Do you have any note taking method at all ? Please feel free to join the conversation in the comments section.