I’ve said before that I’m none too proficient at composing long passages of prose on anything other than my laptop. I also can’t imagine fleshing out ideas on anything other than a notebook.
At work, I have a very clear set of notebooks and calendars for specific tasks and to-do lists. For my personal writing, however, I haven’t done much to systematize things, beyond making sure to carry a physical notebook with me. So my notebooks all end up being a total hybrid of random ideas, passages, and things I’d like to remember to look up in the future.
I’m a process geek, however — the writer’s counterpart to the planning optimist? — so I love to hear about the various tasks that other people assign to their notebooks. What about you? Do you prefer to make mash-ups or single-course feasts of your notebooks?