I may be considered a writer hoarder. But I keep ideas, tips and books for writing in journals, file cabinets and on sticky notes for later use. Apparently, I’m not the only one. Here is what Edie Nelson at Novel Rocket has to say about keeping things close at hand.
12 Things Every Writer Should Store in The Writing Vault
Saving for a rainy day isn’t just good financial advice—it’s good writing advice. We all have those times when inspiration doesn’t choose to shine on us. But if we’ve been storing valuable things, we’ll be able to continue to make progress.
- Ideas. Every single writer should have a system of keeping track of ideas. I have several.
- I always have a file on my computer for blog post ideas. Any time I’m at my computer and come up with a good idea, I open that document and record it. If I come across a cool idea on the web, I paste the URL and a quick description of what I think I could write about.
- I also have a documents for book ideas, guest post ideas, short stories, really anything I could write about. And I keep them separate and well labeled so I can find them when the idea file runs dry.
- I have a place on my iPad where I can record ideas.
- I have a place on my phone where I can keep ideas.
- Finally, incase electronics fail me. I always carry a small notebook in my purse. The trick here is to remember to transfer those ideas to my other files so I don’t lose them! READ MORE HERE.