Your Scratchpad is a Wealth of Hidden Gems—Go Find Them!
Did you know that stonemasons of old would sometimes use the base of the gravestone they were working on as a scratchpad of sorts? Check out these photographs of the end of grave markers most people never get to see:
Scratchpads can be paper or digital or foggy shower glass or a patch of hard dirt. Keep a Cutting Room Floor section at the end of your writing drafts, to encourage yourself to cut the finished result down to its finest bones without losing what couldn’t stay (this time).
I draft my writing in Obsidian, and have
[[cutting room floor]] as a tag page at the end of each file. Clicking on that link creates a file that looks empty, until you check the backlinks! Then you’ll see all your loose treasures in one rich and inspiring list.
This is your invitation to keep a scratchpad of your own; a place you can write or draw free from thoughts about how it looks or sounds.
If you’re already in the scratchpad habit, go back through some of your past pages and look for a gem to pull out and make into a note in your knowledge management system. Here’s one of mine:
What gems are waiting to be rediscovered in your scratchpad, or on your cutting room floor? Go find them!
Writing Daily in a Scrap Paper Notebook Has Made Me More Creative
A non-precious notebook might be the key to boosting your creative process, too