I suppose I should say, writing on. I was working on a sermon today, writing the key ideas, when I realized that I was working on a notepad that is actually a sketchpad 18 by 24 inches. I’m realizing that I am writing on bigger spaces these days, trying to show visual relationships between ideas.
My most frequent notepad for meetings is an 11 by 17 sketch pad. Recently, I laid it on the table in a meeting and one of the other people said, “You know, they make laptops about that size these days.” Sitting next to someone with a laptop/tablet, I realized that they were about the same size and that he could actually capture his information. I felt totally retro…and didn’t mind a bit.
If you were watching my twitter yesterday, you noticed that I was in a meeting in a room which had no whiteboard but which had a wall of windows. I grabbed a wet-erase pen from the car and started helping us visually shape the core values of a new loose association.
This week I also wrote in a spiral notebook, on CD and DVDs, on five different keyboards, a real whiteboard, and on my desktop blotter.
I am trying to decide whether I am graphically ADD (truly) or that I think so visually that I am having to write and draw my ideas on whatever surface I can find.
This is not a new manifestation. I wrote the core argument of a chapter of my dissertation on a chalkboard as a mindmap, though I didn’t know that’s what it was called at the time. And I almost never actually draw, but I do look at the clusters of words in visual relationships.
I’m more confused these days because of the multiple places I am writing (flickr, zoho, google docs, multiple email accounts, twitter) and I wonder if that’s why I use big paper when writing in the physical world. Somehow, perhaps, I need to be very tangible.
So how do you write? or better, where do you write? Must it always be with the same pen or keyboard? Is there only one kind of notebook? Or are you as chaotic as I am, needing to put the words and ideas somewhere, the bigger, the more edgy the better? Have you written on a window recently? Do you have to have the room just so or can you write anywhere? And if it depends on what you are writing, tell me what the differences are.
And now, back to the sermon. Somehow, I need to have it on smaller paper. The top of the pulpit is only 11 by 17.