Let me count the ways.
1. I use Scrivener, and line up the notecards neatly.
2. I handwrite things on index cards and shuffle them around as needed.
3. I put ideas in list form on blank computer paper.
4. I type out ideas in Microsoft word.
5. I talk to myself out loud when I'm driving.
6. I pester my husband and tell him my plot while he's watching TV.
7. I use sticky notes. Real or on the computer.
So one of my writer friends mentioned that she feels like she should know "how" she plots stories on the book she's working on now, which is her seventh. And it got me thinking. I don't think I ever plot two stories the same way. I don't even plot one the same way all the way through.
ADD? What? Hey, look, there's something shiny!
Haha. Yeah. Okay, I'm back. Anyway, I can't decide if this plotting-technique-jumping is good or bad. On one hand, I'm never bored with how I plot. On the other, it'd be so fun to have a system, you know? I'm all about systems. Maybe to an unhealthy degree. =)
I'm still thinking.
How about y'all? Do you plot every story the same? What works for you? Are you one of those people who will write as many books as Gilbert Morris (anyone read the House of Winslow series back in the day?) and plot them all the same way? Or do you think you'll always like variety in your plotting techniques?