A few months ago...after looking in my archive, I should revise that statement to over a year ago (time flies apparently), I wrote a post talking about how I keep track of my ideas. You can read it here, if you so desire. Essentially, I got myself a receipt holder to keep tracks of the slips of paper where I write down my ideas. I was never good at keeping a notebook to jot ideas down, so instead I just use whatever paper's available and consolidate everything into my receipt holder folder. There's been way too many ideas that I've lost because I didn't write them down. This is a sentiment that I'm sure you can relate to.
Although I had high hopes for my idea saving method last year, it was a bit rough around the edges (literally), so I thought it was time to introduce my new idea saver.
The method is the same, but I really needed a new folder to hold my ideas. Although my DIY one on the left is all bookish and cool, it was falling apart. The glue never really help the paper down properly (see the taped edges) and the elastic was stretched out. I just didn't feel like it could safely be carried around. So I hoped over to Walmart (knowing that I could get something cheap there) and picked up this coupon holder/receipt keeper.
This works great because it's sturdy and has a bit of extra room, which really helps when I'm jotting ideas down on any scrap of paper that might be a strange size. The other nice thing about this folder is that it allows me to break down my ideas into customizable categories.
Right now I have mine set up like so:
"Fantasy" covers any magical ideas that I might have. Since I'm not writing in that genre, I wanted to keep track of them for later.
"Forms" is my ideas surrounding different ways a story can be written.
"Blog Ideas" is pretty self explanatory.
"Characters" is a section dedicated to interesting traits or bits of backstory that don't really fit into my current project.
This nice thing about this is that I still have many empty pockets that I can fill.
You can tell what I've been working on, haha.
Right now, this folder stays in my desk drawer and over the course of the day as I collect my scraps, I stow them in my pockets. At the end of the day I usually end up chucking them on my desk and eventually they make it into the folder. I love to know that if I'm traveling or writing somewhere else, I can just stow this folder in my purse and not have to worry about it falling apart.
I wanted to share my way of keeping track of ideas once again, because I feel like it really helps keep me on track. It's so much easier to write when you've created a stock pile of ideas to draw on. Maybe my method (that I stole from an author I heard speak) will help you keep track of your ideas.
I'm always curious to know how other people keep track of their ideas, so please share you method in the comments. As always, let me know what you think of my pocket to desk to folder method!
Reading: Cosmopolis Toronto: The World in One City by Colin Shafer
Watching: The 100
Listening: Watchmojo YouTube videos in the background