I hate losing things, good ideas especially. But in the massive task of assembling a book it’s very easy indeed. Here’s a simple way of ensuring one important aspect of a novel doesn’t go astray.
If a book’s working your characters are talking to you. They chatter in your head. Sometimes they say something relevant to the page in front of you. Often it’s just dialogue. Words that may tell you something about them, something important perhaps. But don’t fit at that moment.
The simple way to keep hold of these gems is this. Create a folder outside the manuscript and call it Dialogue or something. When you hear these snippets, write them down, attached to the name of the character that uttered them. Like this…
These are things I glance at when I’m taking a pause from the words. Sometimes they mean nothing. Occasionally they prod me into remembering something important. Small things but small things matter and can help add that precious texture to a story. So why lose them?