Sharon Van Etten isn't opposed to using a notebook for songwriting. But she never seems to use one, mostly because she can't keep up with it.
"I'm just a naturally spacy person, so I'm always forgetting my notebook," Van Etten said in a recent interview. "So I'll write something on a scrap of paper, put it in my pocket and then find it weeks later -- 'Oh yeah, I like that line.' It's always bits and pieces here and there, never a whole song. I think I need to get back in the habit of carrying a notebook. I have to work on that."