From time to time I make a mindmap of a single day, a visual record of whatever I poked my nose into on a given day. Here is yesterday's specimen. Tap it to see a biggger and more legible version.
A mindmap is a visual representation of mental process. Process always fascinates me; I am more than happy to pore over a painter's preliminary drawings, pages of writers' notebooks, conversations about how a particular work was made or how the maker works day by day. The podcast Broken Record, which I recommend to anyone with an interest in the music of the last 50 years, recently devoted an episode to a chat with Roseann Cash. This small gem emerged:
Interviewer: Is songwriting like learning the alphabet or riding a bike—once you know it you know it?
Roseanne Cash: Oh, god no. Once you know it, you don't know it. Part of the beauty of songwriting is there's mystery involved, you know? You start out not knowing what's going to happen and then it starts to unfold and then you can see the end of it and then you edit and you keep polishing and it's different every time.