I recently saw a post on Facebook that stated, If you want to know what it feels like inside a womans mind, imagine a browser with 2,857 tabs open all the time. I think writers especially, whether men or women, can relate to this. Ideas for stories pop into my head at the most inopportune times: while Im cooking dinner, talking to a neighbor, or giving my kids their baths. I am constantly discovering new publishers and agents that would be perfect for my manuscripts, only to not be able to find them later. How do we writers keep all this valuable information straight? Enter the white board. Whenever one of my brilliant ideas pops into my head, I run over to my white board and jot it down. Then I can forget about it and focus on whatever I was doing. No need to open my computer and type and save in the appropriate place. I do all that later.
My white board is located in my home office on the wall opposite from my computer. Mine is from Fat Head, but they are available at any office supply store. I use it to keep track of story ideas, agents, publishers, websites, funny words, horse names, deadlines you name it! I admit, an occasional grocery list makes its way to my white board from time to time. But that is the joy of dry erase markers.
Are you a writer with 2,857 tabs open all the time? How do you keep your ideas organized?