Monday, February 16, 2015
Day 204...A Trick For Keeping the Writing Process Organized...
Welcome to Day 204...& A Trick for Keeping the Writing Process Organized
I don't know about you...but the #busywriterslife means I need to be as organized as possible - especially when it comes to my writing.
On any given day I might have sticky notes written with ideas or a folder filled with articles so to ensure that those ideas and that information gets where I need it to be, I set up my own file management system to keep everything in working order
Here's how it all works...
Start With Google Docs
Because of my #busywriterslife, I'm always on the run and I use goggle docs to create and edit web based documents that I can access at any time - keep in mind you'll need an internet connection, but this type of accessibility means you don't have to email files back and forth or carry a flash drive with you. I simply sign in to my account on my iPad, my laptop or my desktop, and my files are always there and updated.
Set Up A System of Relevant Files
I set up different for different purposes.
Chalkboard Edit doc: where I do my best stream-of-conscious, purely inspired writing.
Chalkboard Writing doc: where I work out those great ideas into great scenes
Chalkboard Notes doc: my holding place for those ideas and dialogue that just don't seem to fit.
Chalkboard Final: where I transfer those scenes that are done, pretty well edited, and ready for transfer into my final draft doc
Microsoft Word For Your Final Draft
Why? With MS Word I can easily format my final draft - font type, size, correct margins, paragraph spacing, for upload into KDP and CreateSpace
A Save Copy on A Cloud
I use Amazon cloud for my backups...a place to securely store my current draft.
Here's Today's Takeaway Lesson...
"For Every Minute Spent Organizing, An Hour Is Earned" Benjamin Franklin