Just For Kicks is a weekly meme held by me, The Authoress, that lets us share whatever random thing we want—whether it's book related or not is up to you.
#4 – Lists
I am a list person. I make lists for everything. So I always have to have an ample supply of Post-It notes because that's what I make my lists on. Order AND stickiness! It's a match made in heaven!
Right now, I've got the following lists on Post-It notes scattered in various places around my desk: the amount of money in my college fund, reminders (Eye doctor @ 2 o'clock last Friday), books available at my library, the tuition rates for EKU, Blogology to-do list, and the books I want to eventually request at NetGalley.
And that's just on my desk.
I am crazy about order—but not neatness. (Well, neatness yeah, but not as much. The state of my desk area is a testament to that.) I have write down what I need to do or else I'll completely forget about it and it won't get done.
So this is extremely applicable when it comes to my writing. I have to write things down or else it's gone forever. I won't remember them. That's not true when it comes to the overall plot and the characters, but when it comes to dialogue? I NEED A PEN AND PAPER! Funny thing is, I don't have to write things down in order to remember the plot of another book. I remember the authors, titles, and plots of every book I read. (Mostly. Lol. Doesn't mean I can effectively summarize it for you.)
My story notes are horrific—in size and disorder. I keep practically every scrap I ever wrote any kind of story note on. So all those notes are in a box in my closet labeled "All Writing Related Stuff". It's mostly why I don't let my friends see my closet. Nothing orderly in there.
My dad's technique is really effective. He'll consolidate his notes every couple of months in a simple binder or notebook. That way I can throw the notes away and just keep the binder/notebook. Except I'm nostalgic and paranoid that if I throw those notes away, they'll be worth money some day when I'm famous and on my death bed.
Are you a list person? How do you organize? Do you keep everything in your head?