I like to pretend that I’m really organised. I add every appointment and important date to my Google calendar the instant I find out about it. Then I write it down on the big wall calendar in the kitchen. Then I email my calendar to The Man. I write lists. Oh God, do I write lists. Grocery lists, lists of names for future characters, lists of cool words, lists of movies and bands I want to check out, lists of books I want to read, lists of lists. Plus, you know, I honestly have an eidetic memory. If I read something – even once – it will forever be burned into my brain. This helps with remembering important things and with organisation, too.
But I really stink at organising my writing. I use Notepad to jot down ideas for potential stories, notes about settings, characters’ bios and back-stories, random bits of fascinating trivia that I think might eventually have some place in whatever it is that I’m writing. And I stick all of this into a catch-all folder on my hard drive, backed up to my external hard drive. There’s no rhyme or reason to these folders; they’re a big, ungainly mass of Notepad files, OpenOffice files, photos of actors I use as visual inspiration for my characters, maps and other photos of settings, and lists of songs I use while writing. I would desperately love to figure out how better to organise these folders, but what would really, really thrill me to no end would be to organise my notes. Maybe some software that organises notes according to their subject – setting, character, plot, whatever. Does such a thing exist? What do you guys use to organise your notes and other writing-related…stuff?