Don't get me wrong, I have more files and bits of information saved in electronic files tucked within folders within folders than I ever expected (and backed up multiple times and places), and I've learned the clicking pathway to some files so well that I can do it without thinking.
But for me, some thought processes and organizational tasks just work better with a spiral notebook or, better yet, an index card or two. Jotting notes, making changes, solidifying facts and ideas, and the directions that will take my novels--and the characters along with them.
And sometimes, actually most of the time, the refined bits of information get transferred from the index card to an electronic file, as a note or a chart or attached to something previously saved. Often, until it does get transferred, and usually for some time after, relevant index cards are carried around in a pocket, for a reminder, or to be annotated, or to be reflected upon. They also sit next to my computer for quick visual reference as I type.
Just the way I go about it. Maybe not the most efficient method ever devised, but it works for me.
|Notes on Condensed Space Travel for |
an Exploration Shuttle and a Modified Patrol Gunboat
Based on Previous Research and Information (saved in an electronic chart)