If you are like me, you have probably suffered from over-organization.
I used to have this total Adrian Monk-like obsession with organizing
all my writing projects and tidbits. I carried up to four
Moleskines–one for journaling, one for poetry and lyrics, one for
fiction and stories, and one for work and miscellaneous notes. This,
along with a large ruled notebook for my "finished" drafts or pieces.
With all that organization, I actually had never filled a notebook. I
must have at least a dozen different notebooks which are only partially
filled. I’m sure you’ve all been there.
So I had an epiphany. More of a Homer-like "D’oh!" moment.
I now write everything into my Pocket Ruled Moleskine. The
way I organize things is to write in different ink colors. Daily
journal entries and random/general thoughts along with notes and lists
are done in black; fiction ideas, stories, story bits, and
plot/character notes are done in blue; grammar and writing notes
(writing prompts, helps, and grammar usage notes) and random
definitions are done in green; and poetry, lyrics, or pieces of these
are done in red. With this system, I have now proudly filled in an
entire notebook. I still keep the large ruled for "finished" pieces,
which I go back and search for in the pocket notebooks (I have started
my second and am halfway through that one) using the new system. I also
still keep a pocket reporter at work for work stuff, but I may
incorporate that into the same system with a new color. I’m debating
that. Less waste, less stuff to carry with me.
I’d love to hear feedback on this system, or if anyone has a similar
method of organizing their Moleskine. Also, if anyone has a variation
of this, I’d love to hear it. I know I was proud of myself for not
"wasting" another notebook.
Che Moleman @ Moleskinerie/FLICKR