My Sticky Little Secret

In the interest of full disclosure, I feel like its an appropriate time to make a confession here. I have a sticky little secret. Ok, ok, the secret’s neither sticky nor little at all. The sticky part is actually a temporary adhesive that leaves behind no tacky residue. And physically, the secret is one that is blue and pink, and approximately 18″ x 18″ and 12″ x 12″ respectively.

You see, I’m a Post-it note junkie. Writing books is really just an excuse to literally paper my house in gigantic and slightly less gigantic Post-it notes. If I tried to rein in my addiction, 3M stocks might just plummet.

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No spoilers here, the notes on the blue Post-it are for half of Harbinger’s Chapter 19.

I’ve mentioned my notebooks before, which are my long-term idea storage solution. Post-it notes serve another purpose. For each book, I start by formulating a high-level outline of the main themes and work down from there into more specific parts–main events, character development, conflicts, etc. I use that high-level outline for the book as a checklist as I write each individual chapter to make sure I’m staying on track with timing of events and to ensure I don’t leave out any important details.  For each chapter, I start with a fresh blue Post-it and outline what needs to be written in that specific chapter. Some portions of the outline will be skeleton-like summaries, while other times I’ll actually write out the exact dialogue or descriptions right on the Post-it.

Each chapter usually requires 1 blue Post-it or 2 pink Post-its. Which one I use depends on my mood or what color pen I grabbed. (They have to match. Deep, I know.) It may seem like a lot of steps, but this structured approach is what works best for me. (That and it means I get to use lots and lots of Post-it notes…muhahahahaha XD)

15 Comments

  1. Ok I am jealous of your organizational skills! I have a totally broken brain that tries to organize and plan things in like 30 second frenzies, while the rest of the time I’m just a lazy mess, so I just wind up with random bits of scribbles on napkins everywhere.

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  2. I’m a sticky note addict too!

    Do you have a white board to put up your sticky notes? Or do you keep them stacked in order to make a kind of sticky note booklet?

    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Haha, Actually, after I’m done sticking them around the house while I’m outlining, I fold up the papers and stash them in folders so I can easily reference back to them later. I use different folders for book outlines and chapter outlines so they don’t get mixed up. But your mention of stacking them in order is funny, because that is exactly how I track my monthly bank balance! (Except I use regular sized Post-its for that. Boy, how nice would it be to have a balance big enough to necessitate using the giant ones?! lol)

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  3. I was expecting a different secret 🙂 Not about post-it. It was too obvious 🙂 But, sometimes, what is obvious is the right way, right? I’m not a post-it addict, but I use it for important things.

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