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Organizing my ideas

Like many writers I am constantly scribbling down notes: story ideas that pop into my head, random lines I really like the sound of, thoughts on expanding books I'm already working on, and so on. I carry a notebook and pen everywhere (even the purse I only use a few times a year has a little notepad and pen tucked into it, so it'll be ready if I need it). Which is great for getting the ideas down, but no so great for finding them later. Especially now that I have several notebooks full of various ideas all jumbled together.

Today I decided to get organized. I've had an index card box for quite a while, but have only been using it to hold cards on the story ideas that are reasonably well developed, with a reference to each book that has notes on that idea (I number my notebooks). So, for ex, the LOKI'S BOY card just had the title and "notes in book #3, a few chapts in book #5". All the little snippets and plot ideas that hadn't expanded beyond a couple pages were still floating in limbo. I realized, flipping through my current notebook, how easily I could miss some of the exciting stuff I've jotted down.

So I'm going through each of my notebooks (just finished the current one, moving to the archived books), writing each idea on an index card and filing it. My card box is now divided into "Full Ideas", "Plot Tidbits", "Characters", and "Misc" (which right now contains random lines, setting ideas, and world-building thoughts, one or more of which may get its own section if I find I have enough related notes).

The idea is that when I'm looking for a story idea, or looking for ideas to build on one I'm trying to work with, I can just open up the box and shuffle through the cards, and find a whole ton of inspiration all at once! We'll see how that works out. ;)

How do you keep track of your ideas, especially the ones for stories you can't write just yet, or that don't really have a story yet?
Tags: bitten by a great idea, organization, writing
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