Why? Because I've learned that when you have a brilliant idea and you think you don't need to write it down because it's so great you will remember it... you always forget. And then it drives you crazy trying to remember what it was. Keeping a notebook is like keeping notes to yourself in the future. It's a record of your ideas so that they won't be lost. My notebook drawer is the first place I go when I need inspiration.
Writing notes to yourself is a genuine form of time travel. Your thoughts are transmitted to your future self, and you usually forget that you wrote them down in the meantime, so it always comes as a pleasant surprise out of the past.
And what kinds of things do I write in my notebooks? I was just looking through some of my old notebooks, and besides notes from church and random lists, here are some fun things I found:
Literature is like a window into another person's life, and all the God created truths it contains within the circumstances, feelings and soul of the person. Good literature mirrors life, in that even when the situation is nothing you have ever or ever will experience, you can recognize a bit of yourself in the thoughts and motivations of the characters...[Hmm, sounds very much like what I wrote in this post. I guess I think the same way now as I did two years ago when this notebook was filled.]
4 days until doom hits the world in the shape of frenzied novelists![Written four days before Nanowrimo, obviously.]
HaikuAlso in my notebooks are many "Plot Thoughts" as I call them. Ususally in the form of several rambling pages of notes about a new story idea I have, which is why I didn't type any here. : )
Calm still pool reflects
Twisted, ancient, beautiful
A tree in moonlight
P.S. This is my 50th post!