I don't know about you, but I have ideas popping into my head ALL the time. Ideas for new novels, short stories, characters, scenes, plot twists, etc.
But how do you keep track of them all, especially when a concept is not tied to a specific project or WIP? And what do you do with these ideas?
I'm not as creative as having a journal with a beautiful pen to jot down notes. Instead I keep a lot of in my head, letting things stew until they meld together into something cohesive to work with. I also write down bits and pieces in documents in my laptop. If it's a specific scene or voice, I will try to get it all out before I forget. If it's a basic idea or plot point, I'll throw the notes in a new doc with a tentative title.
The hard part is deciding what to do with it all. I have several novels in my head, and sometimes it's hard to choose what to work on. A lot depends on the market (I'm not going to start anything paranormal unless the concept is fresh and immediately grabs me). A lot depends on my interest in the idea, and how well I think I can execute it at this moment. For one of the projects I'm working on (I'm actually writing 3 novels right now!) I had been contemplating the basic plot line for several months. It wasn't until I nailed the character that I knew I had to dive in and start writing it.
How do you keep track of your ideas and choose what to work on?