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Ideas Galore

When you have a lot of ideas, how do you keep track of them? Do you write them down in a journal? On scraps of paper? In a Word or Excel file?

I used to write ideas down whenever I had one and just leave it wherever I wrote it. So at one point, I had multiple little notes of ideas covering my writing notebooks and I’ve probably lost a few over the years.

So instead, I started keeping a writing ideas doc back in 2012. I list out the series, the title, the main character, a brief summary of the plot or whatever the idea is, and its status (idea, draft, editing, etc.).

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It’s now 8 pages long and as you can see, some ideas are more detailed than others. I highlight the ideas I’ve already finished or started working on.

And that’s pretty much it! Once I’m ready to start working on them, I take the ideas and plug them into a new Word doc or Scrivener and start fleshing them out further.

How do you keep track of your writing ideas? Let me know!


NaNoWriMo Update

Well, so far, the NaNoWriMo experiment hasn’t been going so well.  It actually has kind of kicked my butt so far!  Things got crazy for me over the weekend, and I completely dropped the ball with the writing.  My story for NaNoWriMo is a comedy, which is very different from what I usually write, but I thought I would give it a shot since I liked the idea so much.  I still think it’s a great idea, but I need a new plan of attack in order to complete it for NaNoWriMo!

Is anyone else participating in NaNoWriMo?  How has your writing been progressing?