alright alright alright, so, i use both notebooks and digital files. The notebooks are more organic and I prefer them for regular use over digital files, when I make writing idea files on the computer they’re much more organized and often take a lot more effort than the garbage i put on notebook paper.
My main notebooks are a “scrap” one where I pile on any sort of writing notes. Character ideas, character details for pre-existing characters, cool words, plot ideas, worldbuilding. It all gets shoved into one notebook and I go hunting for it when i need it. I have some notes in my notes app that serve a similar purpose but I like the notebook best.
The other notebook(s) is for plots. I used to try and write out entire plots for books if I knew I wasn’t going to get to them in a while, but that lead to me putting them off even longer because I had no motivation or inspiration left to actually write them. Now I stick to only writing an arc or two ahead on projects I’m actively working on. Everything else stays in brainland limbo, with some jot notes in the scrap notebook for memory purposes if I really want to hang on to a detail.
I also have a character notebooks. It has all the basic information on all my characters. Or at least, it’s supposed to. It’s been a few years since i updated it and a lot has changed.
As far as computer files go, like I said they’re significantly more organized. I used these files for reference and management so I try to make them as accurate, up-to-date, and informative as possible.
The “Project Masterlist” is what I use to list all my projects, active or inactive. it contains their titles, genres, subgenres, target audiences, stage of writing, and whatever blurb or summary I can scrap together. It helps me keep track of where everything is and what plans I have for it. Here’s what the current one consists of (minus the actual files)
The other big file is the Character Masterlist. It’s an alphabetized list of all characters from all projects, with all the basics except physical descriptors. This is also badly in need of an update but I do reference it quite a bit. I had 300+ characters when I first made it and I probably have more now so its super helpful to have a quick, searchable list on hand.