Its weird how all of a sudden story ideas seem to be coming at me from all angles. I’ve gotten about eight or so at the moment and now the challenge will be to actually produce some drafts out of some of them.
I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve found a new way of organising my ideas, mainly because jotting them down in notebooks simple doesn’t work. I have several of them so my ideas are never in the same place, I lose them or forget about them.
Previously, Google Docs was a great option for keeping files and writings, lists etc. wherever I go but like most asshole employers, my boss has decided to block Google Docs so as a lot of my thinking time is done at work, it renders this option useless.
I did find Evernote, a service that allows you to keep files and such, and sync them between an online version and a version on your desktop. Being the aesthetic person that I am, I couldn’t use it because the font reformatting was off and it made it hard to stick to Verdana font.
So I remembered a similar program that Karen mentioned a while ago, PBwiki – though now it’s renamed itself PBworks. It’s an online service that allows you keep files and documents online and link them together similar to how Wikipedia is organised. You can make them public or keep them private.
I created a private one and created a file called ‘Story Ideas’ where I listed all of my current ideas and have been adding to it as ideas come to me. Its working well and helping my latest bout of inspiration transform into something productive. No more ideas slipping through the cracks now.
It kind of has the same issue as Evernote with it being hard to change the font to Verdana and keep it that way but it’s not as bad.
I’d recommend it as an alternative to Google Docs and a great way to access files and documents wherever you are.
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