I loved Beth’s suggestion that we post about professional, and not just recreational, users of our products. It reminded me of an interview I read a couple years ago with novelist Joshua Ferris (excerpted at Rhodia Drive) in which he explained how he used his Rhodia pad to keep track of the characters in Then We Came to the End:
On the final, cardboard page of that Rhodia notepad, I wrote out all the names of all the characters. When I needed to reference them I turned to that page and saw who was in my virtual office. I learned about the characters much as I suspect the reader learns about themâ€”very slowly at first. Then, after a tipping point, they clicked into place for me and I no longer needed to reference the back page. Hopefully they click into place for the reader in much the same way.
You can read the full interview here.
At any rate, I’ve never been particularly systematic in my notebook use, beyond dedicating different notebooks to different projects and purposes… Are you? Have you ever used a notebook to manage one really big project? How did you do it?