I had a note on my iPhone called Notes, Hooks and Ideas where I’d write down anything that occurred to me about things I hadn’t started yet. I always skipped to the bottom to add new things and I realized that the note was getting pretty long, so I went through it. Along with the writing folder on my computer and Dropbox, not to mention the greatly neglected Projects page on this very blog.
10 Bits (a “bit of business”, a scene, a dialogue, whatever)
2 Characters (mostly people I saw out and about or on the bus)
53 Hooks (story ideas)
23 Ideas (setting ideas)
14 Notes (notes about a setting)
I also found 4 Manuscripts (one finished, one being outlined, one percolating, one abandoned), 6 screenplays (one complete, one almost complete, one in treatment form and the rest unauthorized adaptations I pick at when I’m bored) and 2 short stories (both finished).
I was happy to see I had more, many more “hooks” than “ideas” because I’ve always felt like I’m better at thinking up settings than stories. If one could make a living writing fictional encyclopedias I’d be a rich man. These hooks are everything from bare seeds to almost ready to start. But I’m almost ready to submit War Geeks (just needs a final proof reading) and I know what my next project will be.
I better go update my projects page now.