Ralph Fletcher in Breathing In Breathing Out reminds us a notebook is "a container to keep together all the seeds you gather until you're ready to plant them (p. 1)." He continues by offering this advice about keeping these ideas, "Try to leave enough white space around your entries so they can breathe, so you can find them when you reread and react if you feel the urge to do so (p. 27)." Perhaps it is this white space that allows us to grow these ideas for our writing.
As I've been planning slices of writing, I find myself turning to my paper notebooks more than my digital collections. It's like getting together with a long lost friend. It's like visiting someone you've shared the same experiences with and putting your stories together. I seem to remember what is in the hand-written notebooks with greater ease. It is as if taking the time to write them by hand has placed them in memory. I find many more ideas within the pages of my notebook than I do in my digital collection. It somehow seems easier to pick up these ideas and just get started writing as they are often a little more developed than my digital ideas and already seem to have a bit of voice and structure that exists within them.
Perhaps it is time to get back into the habit of keeping my writer's notebook. Maybe it's time to learn to combine the two mediums. How do you collect your ideas for writing? Have you found a way to work between your paper notebook and digital media? I'd love to hear about it.