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Working with accumulated material and preserving ideas

Writers are "receivers," and they receive a lot of information, from random lines of "for something" to global ideas for epic trilogies and long series. But there is little time - the main work (as a rule) or study, life and affairs of daily life take up to eighty percent of the time. And the novel, which is realistic to write in six months, is written a year or two.

And information keeps arriving and arriving - old ideas are pondered, new ones come in...

And sometimes there is so much material written down wherever creative thought strikes, that you get confused and lost in it. And you're itching to do something new, and you pity the old...

How do I work with the information that comes in so that I don't lose anything, how do I keep ideas if I don't have time for them? And how do I keep notes on stories? Where do I write it down? What to write down?


How to gather material for future books

1. What to write down?

Anything that catches your fancy. Everything comes in handy at home - both random thoughts and sketches of episodes, and quotes from great people, and funny statuses on social networks. Anything that evokes emotion and a desire to think - yours.

Some gurus advise not to write anything down at all. They say everything should stay in your head, "boil" in your subconscious, and then produce new (or refine old) ideas.

This approach is partly true - it is a memory training. But we, working and busy with household tasks of proletarians of creative labor, and without that brain is stuffed with all sorts of "shoulds": about what to buy for dinner or laundry, when to pick up the child from kindergarten, and so on. And creative thoughts rarely "get along" with domestic and embedded in the list of daily activities. And what seems important and valuable is better to write it down. And in the subconscious it will remain, and the idea will feed, and surely it will not be lost.

Unless, of course, you have a system for keeping and storing notes.

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