This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z challenge–blogging every day in the month of April (except Sundays!) with each letter of the alphabet.
Every book I write has a ton of notes to go with it, things I’ve written down to remind myself of certain details and so I don’t screw up continuity. Most writers do this I think, and there are many different methods of keeping notes. Some writers do it right on the manuscript, some keep notes electronically, and some use programs like Scrivener (which I hear is amazing, though I’ve never used it).
For me, I write everything down on paper. When I need to remember something, or do something later in the story, I scribble it down. My notes are completely disorganized and often sound like the ravings of a crazy person, but they make sense to me. I have a deep fear that I’ll die with all these bizarre notes that only made sense to me lying around and people will think I was a lunatic.
I usually make a list of notes during the first writing, then another list when I’m editing and rewriting. This is especially true when writing a series, when there’s so many balls to juggle and you don’t want to forget something. I have notes for future books in the series, lists of things that need to be resolved, details to pick up later. I scratch each one out as I wedge it into the story and it gives me a sense of satisfaction. It’s a bit of an old-style way of doing things I guess, but it’s how my brain best works.
How about you, do you keep notes for your stories? What methods do you use? Do your notes sound insane like mine?