I am a writer. In every book about writing fiction there are some recommendations, which I need to remember during the process of writing. Examples of best practices may include:
- In every scene, it is necessary to describe where the characters are, what they look like (incl. how they are dressed), what time is it, plus information that competing media cannot replicate (smells -- books compete with movies and describing smells is one way to make a book more immersive than a movie).
- Balance of description and action: Two paragraphs of description, then something must happen.
- You cannot just tell what happens like a journalist. Instead, you need to paint a picture by using metaphors and comparisons.
What are scientifically proven strategies to memorize long list of items (best practices in this case)?
I know I could do a giant checklist of text improvement processes and go through it while editing every chapter. I already tried that and it didn't work that well. There were over a hundred methods from different books, organized by writing stage (ideation, plotting, writing first draft, editing).
I'm using Anki to increase my vocabulary (I'm not an English native speaker) and would like to have something similar for lists of best practices. However, Anki isn't really suitable for this purpose because it trains your ability to give correct answers to questions (not remember a set of best practices at a certain stage of writing).
In another question the use of flash cards was suggested. If I understand it correctly, this method requires me to create a flash card with following data:
Question: What things do you need to do at the beginning of chapter design phase?
- Define the event that the chapter is describing.
- Write down the beat sheet.
- Find on the Internet the images of places and objects that are featured in this chapter.
- Write down the goals of the chapter.
This is fine, if the list of items is relatively small. But what if there are 40 or 100 things that I can do at the beginning of a phase (chapter design in this case) and I want to remember them all without a checklist?
An answer to this question suggests attaching emotions to the things I want to memorize. I probably could invent some stories to memorize. But I still don't feel like this is the "full solution" (even if I invent stories that trigger my emotions for every of the 100 best practices, I am still not sure that I will remember them all).