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Snotnarok



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a lot of them stored in google docs, it's neat because you can access them from anywhere.

However the remainder typically are in my head since I have a memory for these things, or on MSWord docs.

Sorry to hear about your phone.
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ewomack
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine are all on paper in notebooks... I also do random sketches in them... if you're going to use electronic storage though, and there's nothing wrong with that, be vigilant about backing up, otherwise the inevitable will happen...
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Joined: 12 Sep 2006
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sophielynette wrote:
I would love to have something quaint and efficient like index cards in a rollodex or something. Alphabetical. Color coded. Anal retentive. The inner me is a control freak.


That would be the outer me. When I was in high-school I had alphabetical color coded index cards.

Now I have a custom mysql database with a hand-coded website as the front end. I take your control freak and raise it by a geek factor of ten.

But I have been known not to write anything down at all until I after I've written the first draft/script. Stuff usually gets added to my database while I'm working on revisions.

Edited to add:
In case it isn't obvious, I don't use it for "story ideas" as such. I use it for data: Names, dates, relationships, locations, glossaries... There is a table listing my stories, which includes ones I haven't written, but most of those listings have only a title, the universe it is set in and a series if it belongs to one.

I usually try really hard to forget any story ideas that pop up. If I add a story to the database, it's because I've given up on ever managing to forget it. Naturally I don't feel any need to include details.
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Spamwise



Joined: 28 Mar 2012
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've use yzTask. I set up a "project" for each comic/blog/book/screenplay I want to write (waaaaay too many ideas, not enough time!) and then add "tasks" for each comic idea. You can sort, use the start date or due date to order them, whatever.

The software's still in a soft beta, so don't expect much, but it works for my needs.
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katastrophe



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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find Evernote really handy because whenever I get a spare moment or an idea (at work, at a restaurant, watching the kidlet, etc) I can type it into whatever computer or device I have handy and get to it later. It's also pretty easy to organize -- aside from the notebooks and tags, it lets you link to notes from within other notes, so you can create a table of contents for a project and so on. And you can clip webpages, useful if, like me, you spend a lot of time going "now where did I read that nifty thing about criminal profiling again?" Pretty much all my research, brainstorming, and scripting is in there now.

I also keep an old-fashioned address book sitting beside my computer with various character and place names in it. Because it's just so embarrassing when you misspell your made-up person's name. And even more embarrassing when your husband catches you apologizing out loud to them. Razz
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Traegorn



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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I keep my stuff on my iPad, which backs up to iCloud every night.

...which saved my ass when I dropped my iPad on the ground and had to replace it. With the new one, all my data was waiting for me immediately. (Well, after a half hour of downloading it Razz )

I also back up my art to Dropbox (which also copies it to all my other computers automatically)
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Montanto



Joined: 10 Feb 2005
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the most basic ideas anything that sounds amusing, phrases, concepts... I have a filemaker database I call project notes (it's basically a tweaked version of their "research notes" template. It's saved me from writer's block more times than I care to count.

For fleshing things out in more detail I have several word documents... I've also been experimenting with a wiki.
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vaslittlecrow



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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I keep a paper journal for jotting down dreams, ideas, thoughts and research notes. I use Livejournal, Google Docs and even my webcomic site blogs to jot down my ideas. This system works really well for me.
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thegooddoctor



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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i also use evernote. it automatically backs everything up, and syncs to all my devices.
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Montanto



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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just uploaded Evernote into all my devices. look forward to see how well it works.
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CasManners



Joined: 20 Feb 2012
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't draw (even my stick figures are ashamed of me) but I've always wanted to work on a webcomic. I had this idea and basically it was just waiting for 5 years until I teamed up with someone to start it.

In that time, what ever idea I got I just typed it up into a document I had saved on about 3 different pcs (just in case). Most of the ideas I got where either from actual situations I witnessed or logical follow-ups to those situations - with a bit of an exaggerated twist.
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Old Herb



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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have loads and loads of papers in a dog-eared pile, a big ol' file folder on my computer filled with quotes, maps, character doodles, sketches, plot ideas and so forth, and dozens of thoughts running amok in the ol' noggin'. Laughing

I generally like my papers the most, 'tho- it's easy to have visual aids of characters, sketches of places and whatnot, and when I look on a character design, I instantly recall what sort of plot twists and general info I have planned for that particular character. It's also good for a nostalgia trip- dating some of my drawings and stuff as old as 2006, heh.

I generally don't keep anything on my phone. It's from the time of myth and legend, only barely being pocket sized, and has only room for five notes at any given time. Shocked
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Lavenderbard
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't even have a phone. (Well, there's this primitive land-line thingy that's most advanced function appears to be the redial button.)

I have my own custom-built MySQL database and hand-coded website to go with it, but no phone.

I am so weird.
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