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Here’s the scene:
Inspiration strikes. It’s a pretty awesome idea. At the moment, you’re unable to flush the idea out. You grab the back of a receipt to jot down the idea. But then…you lose the receipt. There are no words to describe all of the good ideas that never saw the light of day.
I was pissed. So pissed that I refused to forget another idea. I brought a journal and added the random pieces of paper I had to it. That system worked for a while, but one day I forgot my journal. I need to be able to access my ideas all the time.
Fast forward to one day on Twitter. A fellow creative was tweeting about their favorite writing tools. Evernote was one of the tools they mentioned. I became a fan that day.
Evernote is my back up brain. It’s a web-based program that allows users to create notes, clip web pages, etc. Evernote also has an app that’s available for Android and the App Store. Evernote offers paid and free plans, depending on your needs (I use the paid plan).
- Storing Snapshot Storyteller’s branding information (e.g., colors, fonts, hashtags, etc.)
- Maintaining a running list of character names.
- Storing short story ideas.
- Collecting writing/blogging tips.
Having a system for documenting your ideas is a necessary part of everyone’s writing journey. If you have one, I’d love to know what your system is. If not, take some time to develop a system. Losing ideas is a nightmare.