When I was a kid, I wanted to be an illustrator/animator (wanted, ultimately, to work for Disney). Every new project I came up with (comic books, comic book trading cards, board games, etc.) would start out as a "Master Idea Book"—I'd take a Trapper Keeper, put my notes in folders, organize all my thoughts before I'd dive in to do the actual work.
Many (many) years later, this is still very much a part of my process. I research and read, study, I print out and make copies, print photos and images, draw book-related things (in this case, an invented island map), and then organize it all in a binder. This is usually toward the end of my process, when I'm just about ready to jump in to the actual drafting.
Laying it all out, it seems like a mess, but it all makes sense to me. I can't help but think how nuts it is that so much of my creative processes were put into place when I was a kid (when most of my free time was spent playing SEGA and SNES)—and that they haven't changed much since. #process #writing #writersofinstagram