Anyone who has ever done any form of writing will know that ideas can come at any time, and anywhere. Apparently inspiration doesn’t care about convenience, and may elude you when you sit down at your desk to write, yet strike when you’re busy paying for your double cheeseburger meal in McDonalds (true story!).
Therefore it’s essential that writers have some way of recording and collecting their ideas, because unfortunately even the most inspired of ideas can disappear just as quickly as it came!
Personally I have two methods of recording my ideas, one for convenience whilst I’m on the go, and another for more detailed drafting and note taking when in the comfort of my own home (both of which can be seen to the left).
The wonder of technology is my first method, and the one I use for very quick notes eg. the title of a blog post/story/article, or for drafting and recording whilst I’m out, should inspiration strike. The phone app Evernote is without a doubt an invaluable tool for recording on the spot ideas, as well as keeping them organized. You can create separate ‘Notebooks’ which you can give different titles: some of mine include ‘Blog Post Ideas’, ‘Fiction Ideas’, ‘Article Ideas’, as well as a separate notebook for my invaluable ‘To Do Lists’ (I would literally forget everything without this notebook!). Also because your notebooks are saved to your account and not to your phone, you can access them from all your other devices such as your laptop or tablet.
My second method of recording ideas is an actual, physical notebook, and a very pretty one it is too! I bought my sparkly leopard print notepad from Paperchase (I could literally spend all my money in there!) a few months ago, and I have already nearly filled it with everything from drafts of blog posts, to review notes and scraps of fiction and freewriting. There’s even a couple of random diary entries in there!
So I was interested in how other writers and bloggers collate and record their ideas. I have heard of people who take around small notebooks everywhere, as their own personal version of Evernote, as well as people who simply write things on whatever scrap of paper is nearest to hand. I also know of people who do all their idea recording electronically, either on their computers, tablets or phones.
So what about you? How do you record your ideas? And how do you deal with incredible yet inconvenient epiphanies when you are busy or out and about?