Why It’s Important to Revisit Your Notebooks

“Almost every writer will tell you how important it is to keep a daily diary or notebook, but very few emphasize how important it is, if you want to publish, to have a system for going back through those personal notebooks and diaries and turning them into public writing.”

Whether you keep a diary or just jot down random notes in your phone, there’s a lot of value to be found in the process of maintaining a notebook.

But Austin Kleon points out a key element of keeping a notebook is often overlooked — he explains why it’s important to revisit your notebooks.

He uses examples ranging from Henry David Thoreau to David Sedaris to illustrate how people maximize the value of their notebooks by revisiting them in interesting, systematic ways.