Day 24 – “X” Xeroxes, Printouts, and Notes
I feel terrible about how much I print out. I really do. As part of my obsessive outlining process, I print out photos, floor plans, and excerpts. I write out quotes and passages, and tack up any and everything that is inspirational to the piece I’m writing along the edges of the hutch on my desk, and paste images into my outlining notebooks. I’ve always been a very visual person, and having these notes and printouts helps me immensely in creating the perfect setting or the ideal character in my head, which aids me in the writing process.
Much like outlining by hand, there is just something about physically printing out everything that makes it more “real” in some way. I can highlight applicable passages, write in comments, and can make these notes my own vs staring at a generic, cold screen. At times, I wish this wasn’t the case. I know so many writers who are able to do everything electronically, who create storyboards in Word, OneNote, or Scrivener, save links to websites and images, and type in their comments and notes.
I envy these green writers, but that will never be me. It has never been me. It is bittersweet as a nature-loving Oregonian, that I am so compelled to print out and make copies of any and everything I can get my hands on that’s related to my novels.
“Tree killer. Tree killlleeeerrrrrr,” whispers my Creative Gremlin.
What process do you partake in? Do you print out images and photos, make copies of the pages of library books, and scribble notes in the margins as I do? Are you strictly electronic? Or are you a nice, happy balance between the two?