This week I began using the online note-taking tool Evernote. Besides sounding like some kind of fantasy land filled with wild dire beasts and lawful-good paladins, it is a fantastic tool for any writer and I, personally, have already begun filing away all my little ideas into its great databank in the cloud.
The proposal: every half-wit writer knows you're supposed to carry around some kind of notebook in which to jot down the ideas that occur to you throughout the days and the nights of your life. Smart, no? But in an age where more of our time is spent on computers, engaged with that cloud of data beyond the ken of mere corruptible mortality, what better way to take those notes than through an online repository that not only allows you to write stuff down, but also tag and categorize it?
Face it, you oldtimers. Tags + categories = near-future SF.
Evernote is, simply enough, a blog that you don't need to share (although you have that option, too). You can easily sort, search, and manipulate your notes long after they've been created--unlike a scrawl-filled hard notebook. Need a short story idea? Search "short story ideas" in your Evernote notebook. Unless you were too silly to properly tag all your entries, you are now both a successful note-taker and note-summoner. You can access Evernote from any place that has Internetz, meaning you can never truly forget it. And, last but not least, it is immune to burning, flights of fancy and whimsy.
But don't listen to me. I am naught but a fool, who prefers free things to things costing money (read: notebooks). Also: tags and categories. Try Evernote for yourself. It costs less than paper, and you don't require peripherals (read: pens) you (read: I) also cannot afford.