If you have a trouble with your many bubbling ideas, I have a technique which may help you keep all of your thoughts organized and recorded.
When you have an idea you would like to use in your work, but you don’t know where or when it can fit in, write it down! You are a writer and made to write, and I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep all of those newly blossoming concepts together in a neat pile.
How I handle my ideas are with notecards, which I call “Novel Cards.” You can have as many as you want for whatever topic. Here are some examples:
- Chapter Cards - they tell the main plot happenings for any chapter you come up with. These cards are solid. You know when they will happen and what will happen.
- Moment Cards - these cards are for scenes or ideas that you know will happen, but when it will is not clear yet. These cards are fluid, they are open to change and some are more detailed than others.
- Character Cards - these cards cover characters who will be introduced or who you do not know well yet. They might not even have a name!
- Dialogue Cards - these cards capture all of the witty or dramatic discourse between characters that may have an unclear space in the story but you definitely want to include.
You can create these cards for any topic, from a person to a thing to a planet. The more platforms you play with your story through the clearer it will become, but don’t forget that the best way to “learn” your story is just by writing it!