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How can one keep up with the notes/ideas/flashes of inspiration - those colourful wet stones on the beach, as Steinbeck so beautifully expressed it?
Ive been having a clear out * and came across some notes because they were written on separate sheets of coloured paper. They caught my eye. I liked what I read and thought Id keep them - might use them. Trouble is I threw out books full of pencil written stuff. There just isnt the time to read through all this stuff everyday or even once in a while. As it is I will put the notes I found [on the sheets of coloured paper] on a doc on the computer. Got loads there already. I read them now and then. I have about 150 sheets of typed notes actually on my desk. I read them now and then.
Its hopeless! I think we really just have to hope that some magic will come out of our fingertips/pencil tip when we need it.
How do you folks manage this caretaking of ideas?
* I had to have a clear out. I had to keep moving stuff off my desk every time I wanted to use it. All the six drawers of the desk were full of..of.. Just stuff. Two of the drawers where I should keep socks and things were full of papers - notes, typed stuff, bills accounts invoices
I havent got a shredder and investigation reveals that reliable one cost a lot and it still takes time
waiting for each batch of stuff to go through so I spent hours tearing everything up in strips. About 10 tightly packed carrier bags of STUFF !
And guess what? My daughter was on the phone querying something I bought for her just over a year ago. I REMEMBER READING AND TEARING THAT ONE UP INTO NARROW STRIPS !