How to use Index Cards to Sort Out Your Story

Scott Myer talks index cards and how they can help you organize your story.

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This is what a wall in a TV writers room may look like at any given time, cluttered with index cards.

How can you use index cards?

Brainstorm: Any time you have an idea for a scene, beat, character, line of dialogue, theme, whatever, you jot it down on an index card, and tack it up on your wall. That way you have it somewhere so you won’t forget the idea.

Connections: More important, seeing all that story ‘stuff’ laid out in front of you can lead to interesting creative associations, kinda like what Carrie did in the TV series “Homeland”:

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