“T” is for Technology

Writing technology, you are my friend.  You let me write, research, edit, and communicate with an ease that past writers never knew existed. Let me back up a bit.  Writing technology varies from state-of-the-art to any-idiot-can-use-it.  And I use it all. My least used bits of writing technology are, sadly, the pen and paper, but that's because I have terrible handwriting and waste more time trying to decipher the hieroglyphs on the page that are meant to be English words than proves to be useful.  But, I do use them. I carry a notebook around with me, or at the very least have scrap paper and a (working) pen somewhere within reach so I can jot down notes, a line of dialogue, or a short scene idea and not risk forgetting it later on.  I know some writers also use their phones to record messages to themselves if they don't have paper available.  I know the iPhone and most likely other smart phones have...
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Happy little discovery…

Because my handwriting is atrocious, I rarely hand-write anything, but I had the urge to do so today.  So, I was going through a notebook to complete a family tree for a novel outline I'm working on.  I flipped to what I thought would be a blank page in the notebook and found several paragraphs of a story synopsis that I had apparently written out at least several months ago.  At any rate I read it over, and realized that I'd completely forgotten about this little nugget, and I have now officially added it to my "to write" list.It just goes to show that it's worth writing everything down when a story idea hits you.  You never know if you'll remember it later, and I would have kicked myself if I had let this one slip away. How about you?  Do you write down your story ideas?  On what...paper? A Word doc?  And how do you do it? List? Paragraphs?...
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