Normally, I putter around thinking about a story and when I feel I’m ready I sit down to tell it. I just start writing and let the flow of the words drive the process but I’m thinking that writing a book may need more organization. Ok I know “You think!” So I have decided to try using post-it notes and the wall in the hall or room where I write to capture my ideas as they come to me. If I write a thought on a sticky and put it up on the wall in the order I think it should appear in the book, will it help when I see the overview of actions to make a nice tight outline that I can then follow as I write? (Talk about run on sentences.) Actually any kind of sticky back note will work I should guess. I’m just a fan of Post-it Notes. This is a mapping technique we use when gathering and organizing information to develop training. I could see doing character development too and all I have to do as I go along writing is glance at the wall. Hmm what about the paint will it pull the paint off? I must do a test place behind some furniture first. Aha the desk I will try behind the desk. Ok not sticky enough to pull the paint off so we are a “go” on this idea. I did notice a problem – yellow stickies against a yellow wall are a problem as the post-its blend in. I am not repainting the wall. I must not write on the wall so must write on the sticky note and then post it. Note to self get green or orange Post-its. This might work for short stories as well. Speaking of which I need to get cracking on continuing Zilla Plants a Garden. The Magic Hour Children’s Writer’s group meets tonight and I have to have something to read tonight. Stay warm.