Oh, those wonderful ideas that swarm through one's brain. But what to do with them? How do you corral them?
My trusty little composition book has been wonderful for the book I've been working on. I took it with me everywhere and jotted down anything that came to mind, whether it was a question, a character trait, a change or whatever other kind of idea popped into my head.
Now that the novel is written, I still use it to jot notes about editing and the future books in the trilogy.
Other than the composition book, which I just discovered this year, I've tried many variations on storing notes. I have a small accordion file full of color-coded index cards. They were color-coded depending on type of note: green-character, blue-disembodied scene, white-overall story idea, so on and so forth.
That one was a fail.
I also have random slips of paper in a file folder, all with notes, portions of stories, intros to stories that never got written, et cetera. My computer has a folder of story notes and ideas, as well.
What I'd like to do is get all of those together. Plus, I want to be able to write down notes on different projects at the same time. So I need to either put it into a binder with sections or one of those segmented notebooks. That takes time, though, so for now all of my notes will just have to be scattered. It's like a messy room, in that I know where to find what I need when I need it. No one else could, but I'm the one that matters in this instance.
I is also for...
I see interviews on different blogs with authors, and I also followed a local author, Beth Groundwater, who went on a blog tour to promote her book. Each day, she was interviewed on another blog, some about writing, some about white water rafting, and so on. I was in awe of all the work she put into it, as she would do the interview, it would be posted, and she would respond to comments in the blog for that day (and I think she even followed up after that). Wow!
Blogs seem to be a good way to promote your work, as you reach a different audience with each one. If there is anyone out there who has a book or writing project coming out and would like to be interviewed on this blog, I'd be glad to talk to you. As this blog is about writing and getting published, the interview would lean toward tips and tricks in that arena, but would also be about yourself and your project. Contact me through my profile if you're interested.
Who knows? Maybe someday you will interview me for your blog to help me promote my own novel!
Following up on the ideas premise, how do you corral your own ideas for stories? Do you have the perfect way of organizing everything or are you still a work in progress?