I buy index cards in all different colors. Staples loves me. I’m their preferred customer. (They gave me a tag and everything.)
I know I should be a sophisticated, 21st century writer, but there’s something about revision notes on index cards that I can’t let go.
Right now, there are two purple index cards on my desk. One never leaves my desk. On one side, I write notes on my hook, the short blurb for my book. (I have two sentences so far.) The other side has a list of things to plant in earlier chapters when I revise, the things I’m discovering about my book as I write it: time of year, a special childhood memory of my main character, etc.
The second index card is labeled “Ch 1 crit suggestions.” I went through my fellow MiG Writers’ critiques of my first chapter and compiled a list of 19 revision points that resonated with me. (Yeah, nineteen. Well, the first chapter is the hardest, I hope.)
Armed with both index cards in front of me, I just finished revising chapter one, and I love, love, love the changes I made!
Another great thing about index cards is I carry them in my purse for jotting down ideas wherever I may be. So until I get that iPad (dream on, Kate) it’s index cards for me.