I'm an incredibly organized person. When it comes to most things, it's a level of severity many would deem unhealthy. You will never find a piece of trash in my car (if trash should somehow enter, I will get rid of it immediately - even if that means stopping at the nearest gas station and removing it).
My closet is arranged by clothing type first, then again by color. Important documents are sorted into categories and filed in alphabetical order. Pens and highlighters are organized by color. Pencils are organized by mechanical or lead. Computer documents have a proper place - in a proper folder - in another proper folder. Bathroom products are lined up by size. It is impossible for me to put socks and undershirts in the same drawer. Actually, it's impossible for me to put dress socks and sports socks in the same drawer, even if space allows such a situation to occur. I'm serious; please don't commit me.
But, when it comes to writing, organization is not in my vocabulary. I don't outline. I have no structured system for taking notes; I have ideas on post-its, scrap paper, envelopes, junk mail, and napkins. My notes are disjointed, so much that I've had to spend hours deciphering my thought process. I have notebooks everywhere - in my glove compartment, next to my bed (on both sides), at my desk, and in my gym bag. There may have been situations where I jumped off a machine mid workout and bolted to the locker room to jot down my latest thought. That was, of course, before I had an iPhone.
I often wonder if I am the cause of my own aggravation. Methinks I am. Wouldn't it be easier to take the time and structure my thoughts in an organized manner?
Unfortunately, my brain does not allow this. When it comes to my stories, my mind operates twice as fast as the rest of my body. Ideas pour out faster than I can type, write, or scribble them down. Although it's stressful and often inconvenient, my disorganized organization is an accommodation I must make. For now. I remain hopeful my second W.I.P. will run much smoother and allow me to organize my ideas in a more logical manner. It seems like a reasonable request.
How do you organize your ideas? Do you outline or write as you go?