How to store your ideas while working on your WIP. . .

by Riley Amos Westbrook

Why do ideas flood me whenever I'm working on a project? I can't be the only one who experiences this phenomenon. Whenever I'm writing, my brain seems to kick into overdrive. Before I know it, my mind is pulled off track as a new pressing idea shoves its way to the forefront of my thoughts. I blame it on my ADD, that part of me that begs for distraction.

The problem is, some of them are really good ideas! Today I'm going to discuss your options and how to organize your ideas for future projects.

There's really only 3 options I know when it comes to the ideas that flood you as you work. You can write them down digitally, write them with pen and paper, or you can just ignore them, and hope the weather brings the good ones back around. In truth, everyone's method is different, and you need to experiment to find what works for you. For me, it's a mix of ignoring them and writing them with pen and paper, though I have used all of these options in the past.

If you choose to ignore your ideas, know that you will lose some good ideas. Many a story idea has flitted into my brain, only to fly away until the time is right. I've learned that for me,  the good ones always come back around, so I can work on them as I will. Easily the laziest method, but you may find yourself kicking yourself in the butt if you forget details to an idea you had, or completely forget what it was all together.

That's why I started writing the ideas down. I have two methods that I use to write them down. The first method is only possible because of the age we live in. With a few taps of a button, I have phone unlocked with a writing app open. Easy to capture my ideas anywhere. The problem is, I find this way a bit tougher to organize. It ends up as one massive list, though with word find it’s never hard to find what I want.

In truth, I prefer to write the really good ideas in a journal I keep. I hate writing anything by hand, but I've learned that I retain more of the details if I take the time to write it out with a pen. It also helps keep it towards the forefront of my mind, so when I do work on the project, it's already in a more advanced planning stage.

These are the techniques I use to get my ideas organized. They work for me, but I'm always looking to expand my tool box. So leave a comment below, and share what techniques you use. #SupportIndieAuthors and keep being awesome!