There’s quite a bit of writing, class creating, and planning going on in my office these days. It’s not always a neat or tidy process but I do have process that works for me. Namely, I jot things down in a serious of notebooks as the idea forms and takes root before moving it to Evernote for easier planning, tracking, and follow-up. When I’m in this early stage of idea creation and planning it is messy.
I imagine there are writers and creative folks who keep it neat even in the early stages, but I’m not one of those people. I spread out, covering every inch of workspace and generally have a few piles on the floor too. I don’t do this for terribly long, as ideas take root and form more coherently the mess gets smaller and neater but in the beginning it can be down right ugly. Even though it’s my mess, it’s still enough to give me a little OCD eye twitch, it gets that unruly.
I do always clean up at the end of the day, though. I need to have a clean space when I’m ready to start again the next day. If I walk into a messy space to start work, I generally can’t find focus and procrastinate through cleaning. It’s a personality quirk to be sure, but for whatever reason housecleaning can easily become my favorite procrastination tool if I let it.
So before I finish, I take a minute to put everything back into it’s place generally just leaving my multitude of journals/notebooks ready to grab at a moment’s notice before turning out the office lights. Ususally even the pens get put back into their cup but obviously not before this photo was snapped. Still, it does my heart good to see the mess and the neatness and I never tire of having books to write and dream in.
As you can see I generally use inexpensive composition books to do my journaling and planning, I also buy blank books at my local dollar store often, however the Things to Make and Do journal by Nikki McClure, a gift from Jeff, is hands-down the favorite, without a doubt I’ve never had a journal I’ve enjoyed more.
How about you, is your creative process neat or messy? Do you need to start out with a clean space or does the creative chaos of a mess inspire you more? What kind of notebooks, journals, sketchpads do you use in your creative process? If you go solely electronic what kind of programs do you use?