capturing ideas

How I organize my ideas (with Scrivener)

As creatives, we have many ideas. Sometimes way too many!

They come to me in my sleep, in the shower, when I'm driving listening to a song, while I'm watching a movie, reading a book, or having a conversation with a stranger. I even had ideas for another series I haven't start working on yet. But although it's nice to spend time with all those lovely characters, imagine the settings in my mind, and to imagine what's going to happen for them, I need a system to help me process all my ideas. A system that will help me keep the ones I could use for my books, and organize them before I'm ready to bring them to life.

I need a tool I know I can count on. A tool that will be there whenever I need it. 

When I discovered Scrivener, I knew I had found a goldmine. 

I took a few courses and watched a whole lot of videos online to learn how to use it. (*You can check Learn Scrivener Fast if you're looking for the best 101 course on how to make the most out of this tool.) 

Then, I dove in.

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I went on Pinterest, copied a bunch of pictures, started to build my characters, research on the settings, etc. When that early research is done, I used Scrivener to help me develop my story. I began by creating little notecards for each scene, then I added a few files and started writing. The beautiful thing about Scrivener is that it allows you to move things around. You can drag and drop one scene and place it before another so smoothly that you wonder why you waited to make the jump!  

But even though I love working on my laptop, sometimes I need to put my ideas in writing. So, I always open a physical file for each book, where I keep other pertinent information like notes I took on the fly, pamphlets of a place I went to, outlines, or mind maps of the whole series.

I also use Scrivener to gather my ideas for Newsletters, Social media, and the exclusive content I give my patrons. 

So, that's mainly how I organize my ideas into books and how I stay on top of things. Well, at least I try to!


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