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So what? You might say. Why would that make any difference? After all, anything connected with coupons must be inherently evil. But if you happen to know that I write scenes, characters, and various plot/theme ideas on random index cards, this starts to make a lot more sense.
In the past, I've just rubber banded those suckers together into one pack. But then, my theme ideas are jumbled up between my random scene cards. My antagonist cards are dog-eared, gathering lint at the bottom of my bag. And don't even get me started on my subplots.
And that is why my eyes suddenly lit up when I spied that coupon organizer. The rubber band fell by the wayside and I was finished with scattered scenes. I now have tab organizers for my index cards. It's perfect. They fit in a purse, and you can customize the tabs to your outlining needs. Pesky subplot issues? Make a tab. Unruly characters? Make a tab. For my organizer, I made tabs for Blank Cards, Scenes, Characters, Random Theme Ideas, Settings and Pesky Subplots.
|Don't Forget The Pesky Subplots!|
1. Find least repulsive coupon organizer possible at the store. If possible, steer clear of vomit inducing shades of pink, (unless you like that sort of thing or happen to be writing a romance novel.)
2. Label tabs with handy stickers included in said coupon organizer. Don't forget a tab for blank cards, so you can keep extra cards handy for ideas that hit you on the go.
3. Write your index cards... for scene cards, I find it helpful to write the order that they come in... in pencil. This way if I change my mind... I can erase the number and move the scene.
When you're done, you too will have a handy Coupon Organizer Outline. You too will be able to pull out your scenes in the staff lunchroom or while traveling on the metro. And if people say, "hey, why are you piling index cards all over the seats?"