It does happen to the most of us.
I just use NotePad on my computer. At first I just put all my notes in one document, but when that becomes unwieldy and disorganized I break it up into separate text files and sort them into separate folders. For instance, I have a folder just for characters, with a text file for each character. ¯\_(ﭢ)_/¯
Just Google docs. I have a file that have quick story ideas. If they grow to the outlining point, I make a folder with the separate files for Outline, Scenes, Backgrounds/Research and logline/blurb/summary
I use Campfire Pro for the whole outlining process. I don’t think it’s available for purchase anymore, though; it’s been replaced by a subscription-based version.
I’ve heard ywriter is a pretty good free program for outlining, though.
if you don’t enjoy it there’s not much point lol. computer notes are easier to organize, navigate, and store across multiple devices so they’re really the better option.
Depends on what you mean by “organizing.”
I get a lot of ideas daily, and honestly, I don’t do anything with them unless 1—they correlate to the current story I’m working on. 2—They can go into the next story I’ll work on. Or 3—if it’s a really, really good idea and it could work for a potential story. Those on three, often get pushed to the back-burner. I have multiple stories I’d like to write, but haven’t in forever just because I haven’t had the time to or the idea doesn’t match what I’m currently doing. I don’t often write down story ideas unless I have something with a little bit more detail (like more than one sentence summary). I usually keep them in memories.
As for figuring out what to do with the ideas, I go back and forth in my head on what to do with it—do I let it simmer for a while longer? Can I weave it into the book? Do I set it aside for a future project? If I weave it into a book I’m working on or will work on, I write it down briefly (because I’ll later flesh it out a bit more). If I’m gonna use it for a future project (like a couple books down the road), I’ll probably let it simmer so I can build onto it.
I don’t haha everything’s in my head, all jumbled up.
i need to seriously outline these stories real quick lol