One of the biggest challenges I face in my writing life is organizing my creative spurts of inspiration.
These explosions of mismanaged creativity are natural occurences that are common to all writers. Spurts of inspirational thought of plot, character, and verbage come at any time. To try and not lose the opportunity, I write on scraps of paper, or send myself a quick text message. Sometimes I’ve written in book margins, or a post it note.
I have progressed to having a folder to place these precious scraps of future greatness. However, since my general personality is to be structured and organized, I require more order than most to begin writing. If I feel disorganized, my thoughts are jumbled and I just can’t concentrate until there’s some semblance of organization set in place.
Here’s the tools of the trade that seem to be working well for me.
1. File folders labeled either by subject (ie poetry, novel title, revision work etc.) I use the file folder system when I’ve written anything out that I’ve decided to print and go back again to look over. This is extremely helpful since I often times have more than one writing project to work on at a time.
Whatever has been revised by a friend, or writers group, I place into the revision folder. So, when I have time to strictly revise, I just pull that bad boy out and viola! Revision magic!
2. Post it notes, pens, and paper clips. I label all pending projects with a post it note and write what it is that I need to do. This way, if something has sat for a while, and I don’t remember what I had planned for it. I can easily have my memory refreshed.
3. One student folder with pockets. I use the pockets to place my random notes into for later entry date. One side of the folder is for pieces I’ve never used at all. The other side of the folder is for the scraps that I’ve used but think that I may want to recycle and use again for another date. I know you writers understand how hard it is to just let the scraps of writing go! 🙂
Hope this helps others struggling with the organization phenomena!