Today's question is... have you created any non-standard punctuation that you use to help the writing process? If you do, what are they and what do they mean/how do you use them?
For example, when I am writing, I will often use [--]. This is a multi-purpose symbol for me. It can signify that I've skipped over a particular scene or bit of scene which I will need to address later (for example, if I'm not sure how to finish a scene or, alternatively, if I've had an idea mid-scene for another scene and wanted to work on that while it was fresh in my mind.) or it can mean that there's a detail that I will need to check later, for example [-confirm Chadwick was there -]
I find this handy, as I can use search functions for "[-" to jump between each of these items. I was wondering if anyone else uses similar strategies? The reason the question occurred to me is that I wanted to ask and see how others combine their research and writing tasks/time. Do you generally write what you mean to say first, and then go research the supporting details? Do you research as you write (I did try that, it's what I now call procrastination!). Finally, do you research a topic completely, gathering all of the information you need before you even start writing?
Just curious ;)