I have a confession to make: I love paper. You might have noticed this if you’ve browsed my site and have seen my art page. When I write, I do it on a chunky little notepad, sheets of Hello Kitty paper or a spiral bound journal. Even my mouse pad is paper.
Sometimes I think that writers have such a difficult time completing manuscripts and brainstorming ideas because they have disconnected from tactile aspects of writing. The typewriter was much more tactile than a keyboard and computer screen ever will be. Modernly, some people are reading by swiping a screen and not turning a page. There are hundreds of studies that indicate tactile enhanced studying increasing learning, not just for children, but adults.
With that in mind, I would like to advocate my favorite form of brainstorming–and this is a sort you can do all day long without your keyboard–by using Post-It-Notes.
There are so many colors, shapes and sizes of sticky-notes, that you can find one that best suits your creativity stimulation needs. They have heart-shaped, apple-shaped, inch square, neon, pastel, primary. You can carry them around in your purse or wallet, write a note and stick it on the opposite side of the pad until you get home and paste it up on the wall in front of your computer. They are great writing prompt simulators, fabulous for story boarding (I do this), editing tools (your Word program uses a concept based on sticky notes with their editing alert balloons).
Try not to get addicted to them: Don’t use them for chore lists or to-do lists unless you want them to remind you of work and not writing.
How do you use your Post-It Notes?