I like to research my ideas, flesh things out until I feel they are ready. Yes I outline, I plan, I brainstorm, all before I finally sit down to write. My ideas come in snippets. A piece of dialogue, an interesting creature, a location, a scene. I need somewhere to throw this jumble of ideas. Before One Note these ideas filled napkins, the backs of receipts, notebooks of all sizes, whatever I could grab at the time. I actually remember writing a scene around and around my paper coffee cup. Truth be told, if in a bind that is where they still end up, at least until I get home. Now every idea has its place, and if it doesn't it gets one. I organize stories into the following:
The screen shot to the left is a sample of what I use. It is an older picture, but I still use the general ideas presented. Mine has just grown larger over the past year. I hope you find this useful to help organize your ideas and research.