Yesterday I was kind of mad at myself for forgetting what seemed to be a really cool idea, even in the light of this morning the idea escapes me. Perhaps forgetting what it was made the idea seem all that much more cool and important. But as I was falling asleep last night, thinking of the post that I had only just finished, it occurred to me that there are a number of ways to record your ideas. There’s the obvious pen and paper, a quick type on the keyboard, and even voice recorders.
Pen and paper. Can anything be more simple? I use this medium all the time when I come up with ideas. It can be any kind of pen or paper so long as pen shows up on the paper. I often use old receipts, sticky notes, scraps of paper, even my organizer/calendar is used to take a few lines of notes/ideas. I remember reading a post by J.K. Rowling once that she has, I believe, a shoebox full of notes on paper. And like me, she also uses whatever bits of paper to write down a quick idea–napkins, etc. Unlike Rowling, I translate all of my ideas onto computer. I have a file in my email for this purpose, after a little while, I collect all my ideas and put them in the folder.
I also use the computer to record ideas directly, not just to organize those thoughts. If I am already on the computer, perhaps surfing the net, and I become inspired, then I just switch over to a word document to record it. I can save the document as it is or I can send it to myself in an email. These word documents always find their way to my email, and occasionally I’ll go through the email folder and sort them further into categories: good for short stories, good for novels, use in current projects, trash it, etc. When one of those ideas is really inspiring, I’ll immediately get writing on that work and it becomes a new folder–no longer an idea, but a work in progress.
I’ll be honest and say that I’ve never used voice recorders, but I really want one and I’ll tell you why. When I’m in the car, driving, I’ll sometimes get an awesome idea. I can’t write it down because that means I need to look for pen and paper (paper more often than pen since it flies around while my windows are down). I want something that won’t fly out the windows when they are rolled down to let some air in; something that I just reach down and grab with one hand (turn on) and record my thoughts. That I think that it would be really cool to have a voice recorder. 🙂 They come in a range of prices and styles. I’ve seen them from $15 to over $100. I’m looking at one that’s about $30. It’s a digital voice recorder. The idea is I can play it back and decide where to put it on my computer. I would like one that is easy to use, and what would be really cool was if I could plug it into my computer and just transfer the files over and listen to them at my leisure.
- Gill’s Notes::What are your goals and dreams? (queenofgreenblog.wordpress.com)