Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Textual coordination 1.6: Planning for later use

43 Folders has a post about Anne "Bird by Bird" Lamott’s writerly practice of carrying index cards at all times. I'm fascinated by the idea that we must "capture" our ideas in the moment to prevent their slipping away and that by having them on index cards, we can "use" them later. I'm even more interested to know how many of these cards, once written on, actually get used. I stage a lot of information just in case I might ever need it again. But often don't.

1 comment:

swarts said...

I do the same thing. I can remember times when I have staged articles (in an ordered stack that reflects an "argument"). I then change my mind and the staged information remains untouched. Then I move the stack off the desk. When I encounter that staged information later I'm usually baffled by what I was trying to say. I wish my staged information could remember the inspiration that brought them to the surface for me.