Lots of writers carry little notebooks (or big notebooks) and jot down things which occur to them, scenes they notice, thoughts, ideas… They have a whole library of inspiration and ideas… Do I do this? No, no I don’t.
Why I don’t carry a notebook:
- top of the list comes remembering not only to put it in my bag/pocket, but then to remember I have it – and to have a pen or pencil
- next on the list comes the fact that I can’t read my own writing, a scribbled memo is literally that, scribble
- if I can decipher what I’ve written, can I remember what I meant?
- if I can read what I’ve written and remember what it means can I still understand what the significance of it was – quite often it isn’t the literal words, it’s the associated thoughts and ideas which went with them when the jotting was made – the actual written words were a shorthand for something else – but what was it?
- what seems amazingly interesting/brilliant/inspirational may now seem commonplace/dull/trite
Supposing I do remember what I meant in my jotting and it does still seem of relevance, sometimes it isn’t relevant right now, and in the past I have then made a further note somewhere else, so the original thought becomes like the first whisper of a series of Chinese whispers.
I came across a random sentence I had saved from somewhere – or had I made it up? There is no context, no attribution, and I can’t find it anywhere as a quote from someone else. This is what I found:
It captures a moment of stillness – you expect the deer to bolt out of the picture at any second just leaving their breath in the air.
I have no idea what it means, if it is an imagined picture, an actual picture, a fictional picture in a story… Why did I save it? Did I have an idea attached to it – an idea of what I wanted to write? Did I just like it, and think it was a great quote from someone else or a great thought of my own? I have no idea…
if by some chance you do recognise it,do let me know!!
PS my featured image has no particular relevance or significance