There is no one way for using a notebook. It depends on you as an individual and your own needs and preferences. It depends on what you want to use it for, and what you want to get out of it.
So first of all, what do you want?
Do you want something portable that you can take out and about with you? Yes? Then A5 might suit you better. You want something big? A4
What do you want to use it for? Jotting down ideas or planning?
By jotting I mean using inspiration from around you to make short snippets of writing that you may use. I also mean for jotting down ideas you get that you don’t want to forget and anything like that. So, an idea strikes you? GRAB YOUR NOTEBOOK!
- What you could put in it:
- To-do lists (writing schedule etc)
- Ideas from surroundings
- Dialogue or scenes that hit you
- Things you need to research
This may mean you write a certain scene that you suddenly get inspiration for, or a piece of dialogue. It may even be a description of your surroundings. Jotting is just anything really, any idea or thought that you don’t want to forget.
With jotting you are gathering ideas which may be used at a later date in one of your stories or may even be the inspiration for the start of a new story.
How to organise
However you want! You could date or title entries so you can find easier, you might want to number the pages or even make a contents. Whatever works for you!
Planning your novel! There is so many things to think about and having it all in one place makes life much easier.
- What you might have in your planning notebook
- Plot outline
- Character profiles and/or sketches
- Mindmapping ideas
- Research notes
Now how you plan your novel is your choice, I personally prefer to plan on paper. I always start by mind mapping my idea, with characters names and the basics of what needs to happen in my story. Then I like to do character profiles, starting with the basics and then moving on to creating a background for them and starting with my character development. This changes when I begin to actually write, but I like to have a starting place. I talk about timelines a lot but that’s because I love to use them. Seeing where everything happens in correlation to each other helps me come up with more plot points and keeps me adding more and more details to my basic idea. I never write full chapters when I’m planning, but I do bullet point what I want to happen in each chapter.
How to organise?
I do a contents page and organise it that way. I personally think planning notebooks are much easier to navigate than jotting notebooks but I like to number pages to make life easier.
Your notebook can be anything you want it to be. There is no right or wrong way. And there is nothing to say you can’t have several different notebooks, each with a different purpose.It’s whatever works for you and whatever you need. Plan, jot notes, sketches, doodles. It doesn’t matter- it’s yours to do what you want!
Character Education Plan for the Year
I believe that one of the main goals of education is to, along with the parents help, guide the development of good character. My plan for the school year is to focus on an important characteristic each month.
The characteristics are:
September- Respect February- Empathy
October- Responsibility March- Trustworthiness
November- Bullying April- Citizenship
December- Caring May- Honesty
January- Fairness June- Perseverance
Each month, we will focus on what the characteristic means, read books demonstrating that characteristic, and notice when our classmates are acting with character.
Each student will also be asked to find a book, article, picture, video or something of their choice that demonstrates to them the characteristic we are focusing on that month. They will share this with the class what their choice is, and how it relates to that characteristic. This a very casual sharing and I would ask that there is something that can be left behind to show what the item was so we can display it on our bulletin board. If it is a book, photocopy would be great or if it is a Youtube video a print out of the title or screenshot would work.
Here is a letter that I would send home to the parents.
This is a mockup of what the bulletin board in my classroom would look like.
This is a Character Slip that would be by the bulletin board in the classroom. When a student demonstrated the character trait that we are focusing on, another student that noticed that the act will fill out a slip and place it somewhere under “Examples of how our class shows this characteristic.”
how to you overcome creative blocks or how do you manage to stay aways creative? and those stuff know? ;s i'm in a middle of a block :(
Hmmm. Good question. It’s not something I really have thought a lot about. I feel like I’m constantly running around so much that a block isn’t really an option. Though as I think about it 3 things come to mind.
1. Collaboration. Since Julie and I started working together our ideas grow very organically. We’ll settle on a model to shoot. We then come up with independent ideas, looks, themes, designs and then we go to a coffee shop and bring our independent ideas together. By the end of it we narrow down what we like to what’s going to work best for the model, location, time, ect. Most of the time our ideas come together to form lager ideas. This is the kind of chat you could be having with anyone you work with. Some models are open to it, others aren’t as much. But you may ask, how do we get those ideas to being together? That brings us to number 2.
2. Inspiration. I follow a lot of photographer, models, artists, musician, and even businessmen/women who inspire me. You have to look at your brain like a body. Feed it good, strong, inspiring content and it will produce similarly good stuff. There’s so much content on the Internet it’s trickery to find that stuff that truly inspires you and pushes you. But when you do and the more you study it the more ideas your brain will have at its disposal. An important note on that however, MAKE IT YOUR OWN (I know this goes without saying but still worth saying). The internet is a great source of inspiration, but sometimes you’ll not realize you’re rehashing something you saw somewhere else until you go back through your notes and realize you love that shot cause you saw it before. Ive done it myself and had to change things last minute when I realized I was copying a shot I loved by another photographer and didn’t realize it. But, back on track, the third and final point maybe the biggest.
3. Limitation. “The absence of limitation is the enemy of art” - Orson Wells. There are very few more true statements in the world. Every situation is like a box, small, big, whatever, but understanding the walls of your box allows you to understand how to fill it. You need to understand what you have, and don’t have, in order to know how best to work. Every shoot I have different resources and always want to do more than I have. But by understanding what I have that dictates EVERYTHING. How big of a space you have determines lights, lenses, film, cameras and styling. How much light there is in that room you love tells you what camera you can use, and more importantly, which you can’t. You need to know what you have, what you dont, what you can get, and then plan for how to shoot with that information. Limitation honestly is my greatest motivating force. All through film school my films were created out of the notion of what story can I tell with what I have. My photography is very much the same why. Most of my shots are more close up because it takes less gear. I like to move a lot and the more gear the slower I can shoot. Embracing this will narrow the endless scope of ideas and then help you birth executable ideas more easily.
Welp, thats it for long winded answers with Derek Woods today. I hope that helps.
Take Care and party on!