It sometimes seems like I’m repeating myself ad nauseam: artists need to keep journals.
You must record your thoughts in order to create a viable statement and, more importantly, to speak intelligently about your art and art in general. Whether you use a traditional journal or write notes on scraps of paper and throw them in a shoebox, recording the thoughts are critical. You mustn’t let them escape.
You don’t need fancy equipment. Purchase a microcassette recorder at Radio Shack for $29.95 to capture your ideas, theories, and philosophies before they escape. I keep mine in my car. I’m a natural writer, but it’s inconvenient when I’m driving. The recorder makes a terrific substitute. You can always transcribe your thoughts later.