I write mysteries, but no matter what genre you write, you need to make sure you have the scene firmly set in your mind.
- Is it pouring rain but your character's in a t-shirt and shorts?
- Is it midnight when you arrive at the murder scene but you describe the sun shining through the window onto the body?
- Is it summer and the kids are trick-or-treating?
How can you keep it all straight in you mind, especially if you don't write everyday or your editing after placing the manuscript away for three months?
Well, every writer has their own system but I use the notebook. I love going to the stationary store and picking up a really elegant notebook with which to keep notes.
What sorts of things does one write in their notes?
Here's an example I found on another site:
Some others use Excel or Word programs, some spread paper on their offices walls, some use notecards.
What is your system?
Sources for photos: here and here