Some days you get up and everything just works well. The writing seems to pour out of you and you have a scene all lined up, as well as getting ideas for other scenes. This is where being able to make notes is invaluable. I tend to do this within Word, as I have my own personal outlining system set up.
I use the Heading 1 settings for Chapters and major breaks in action that I want to go to quickly. Really important scenes may have this heading if I want to jump back at them quickly. By starting with the headings from the Save the Cat method, I ensure I get what I need in each location. Initially this may only be notes or single sentences with thoughts on what may happen. These may change, depending on where the story goes, and sometimes scenes may move headings completely.
Heading 2 is for notes, like scenes within the larger framework I still need to write or want to edit. By keeping the navigation bar open on the left of my screen, I know at a glance how many heading 2 styles are left that I want to work on. I can fill them in and finish my story as I am ready, deleting them as I go. When they are gone after my first draft, I know I’m ready for editing.
On days when the writing flows, I’ll write as much as I can anywhere I want in the story, making notes in other places as I need. I may get a couple thousand words out in just over an hour when I’m in a flow state, then typically I’ll repeat that on my second story as well. By being able to jump around with the headings, I can keep it clear where I am and what I should be writing about.
Sort out what works best for you, and get writing!
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.