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1.2.2 Reviewing your notes

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It’s important to review the details and ideas you collect in your notebook.

Read the notes you made after watching the video. Did you concentrate on physical details? Did you note any details of clothing or expression?

Now open all your senses, and take notice of things around you in everyday life. Concentrate not only on what you see but also on sounds, smells and touch.

This should become a habit – a way of seeing the world. Always reflect on the notes you have taken in your journal.

Did you note things you heard – the way people speak or a squeaky or breathy voice?

Did you note any smells – like a distinctive perfume, or the smell of fried fish on someone’s clothes?

When reflecting on your notes, highlight any details you find especially interesting and to which you might want to return, to work on in more detail later.