The sight of an index card used to make me wince.
Those white rectangles conjured up horrible high school memories of doing term papers on topics I didn't give a damn about at age 17 -- and still don't.
Now, I have a different relationship with index cards.
I freakin love them.
A multicolor set is a great brainstorming tool when starting a new writing project -- especially a large one.
One idea, quote, joke, random thought, snatch of dialogue on each note card.
No judgments. Just let your mind be free.
You can carry blank index cards with you. You never know when genius will strike.
Sure, this can also be done using Evernote on your phone. (I love Evernote for joke writing). But there is something thrilling about physically arranging and rearranging the cards and watching your ideas fall into place. It's a confidence boost.
Plus, the cards take away the anxiety of actually "Sitting Down to Write the Perfect_____________ (fill in the blank)". You are writing it, but your brain doesn't know it yet because you aren't stuck staring at a computer screen waiting for brilliance to strike.
And the best part is, when you DO sit down to write, the index cards lead the way -- offering little treasures and prompts you may have forgotten otherwise.
Not bad for a couple of bucks.
Maybe my old English teachers did know what they were doing? Nahhhhhhhh
P.S. For those of you who still have a index card phobia, here is another nifty trick I have used to get the ideas flowing. Making thought clouds.