When life is chaotic,
Flying across continents to give a lecture,
Moving back home after living abroad for 5 years,
Finding new schools, friends, re-visiting old friends, understanding yourself,
Writing takes two ways…. either a whirlpool of ideas and overflowing notebooks, or a complete stop! Talk about notebooks, we come to the ultimate challenge of deciphering notes-code
I am often asked the question: How do you come up with the book’s idea?
And my response is a habit that I formed back in my first year of university. Note-keeping.
This habit was nurtured by friends and family who keep on gifting me more and more notebooks. Butterfly ones, leather ones, fancy ones, and my personal favorite is pocket sized notebooks. Although A5 notebooks are what I have been investing in for the past 3 years now, nothing beats a pocket sized notebook that fits perfectly in my purse.
This is how it goes, the smell of a swimming pool, the color of a friend’s gem-stoned ring, a butterfly standing on my 6 year old’s hand...form major thought-provoking, idea-stirring book themes. The downside to this situation, is collecting numerous ideas, and having a tangled up yarn ball of ideas!
Come to decipher the notes, and be able to make sense of it all I have found to be time-consuming. Some of the ideas, were in my head but I didn’t write it as a whole. Therefore, my 2015 way of note-keeping is subject based. Work-related, Parenting-related, Children’s stories, so on and so forth.
So my pocket sized one in my bag, would have the original fresh ideas, and they are plotted. Once I reach home, and I see I am still pondering on that idea, I would jot it down in the designated notebook. Be it an advert for a parenting class, or a meeting that I need to prepare to. My pocket-note book is the mastermind, code book for all the rest.
What’s your way of catching your thread of thoughts?
Reem Al Gurg
Artwork by Fadwa Al Qasem
Hunna Blog, a peek into the pages of our notebooks and our minds. Not a literacy area rather a jungle of thoughts.