Update: please be patient with me, I know that I still haven’t posted the next chapter of tNEW, I will soon.
I am a very messy person. My room can only stay clean for a few hours. My school binders are in constant disarray. My homework can range from perfectly, meticulously neat to chicken scratches.
But it’s not my nature to be a sloppy person. It’s just my lack of time that keeps me from being the most OCD person with straight lines or someone who organizes her binders nightly.
But when it comes to my writing, I make the time to be sure that my ideas and notes are organized. I will put something else off, because writing is like a job.
I am a firm believer in organizing your writing before, during, and after starting a project. So. Now that you’ve all had my little preamble, I have tips! Exciting, isn’t it?
The Coffee Machine’s Tips on Organizing Ideas and Writings And the Like:
- Note Cards are Your Best Friends. Use them. For everything. If you’re a plotter like me, use them before starting a project by writing out key character details, plotting out important scenes in a script, numbering them to keep plot points in order, etc. Use them after, when reading over your manuscript/screenplay/whatever, use them to take notes about important events about what happens in each chapter/scene/whatever, so that you know what to cut or move or keep.
- File Folders. I would recommend having one for each project to keep track of notes, extra pieces of paper with little ideas, and note cards. (Don’t forget to binder clip or paper clip loose paper together. It would suck if they got lost.)
- If It Helps, Try it J. K. Rowling-style. If you click the link, you’ll see that J. K. Rowling uses (among other things) a simple grid on notebook paper to outline the chapters. Try one of these bad boys on for size, and then stick it into your file folder.
- Unclutter Your Thoughts. Organization is about more than just with your writing, per se. It’s about making sure you’re in the mental state to write to the best of your ability. Refer back to my Drive-by Knowledge Bomb on Emptying Out the Stupid.
- Try Out a Story Board. I use a paint canvas, the large kind that has a wooden frame. I paint the canvas with some cool colors, write ‘Impossible’ or ‘You Really Screwed This One Up, Mate’ or ‘FAIL’ across it (because I’m a fan of tough love), and then, using note cards and tacks, I put up my note cards in the order in which they should appear in my book/script. Just a suggestion.
That’s all I have for you all today. Hopefully you picked up something useful. (:
As always, you have my love.