Inspiration from the Past

I’m a little OCD about the file organization on my computer, which means that I can almost always find the chapters and sketches I’m looking for in under thirty seconds. But in searching for a misplaced file, I ran across a whole folder of story ideas and scene sketches from a few years ago that I had completely forgotten existed.

It was like experiencing a year’s worth of inspiration in fifteen minutes! It was a dangerous discovery, though; there were so many ideas I wanted to explore and develop, and I’m not ready to add another project onto my towering pile yet. I have to finish at least one more full draft of one of my projects before I throw something else into the mix. But this is good motivation to get that draft finished so I can play with a new plot.

How do you keep your ideas organized? Do you ever run across an old idea unexpectedly?