It’s All About Organization

I’m A Hot Mess….


My (somewhat) organized filing cabinet.

Some people organize themselves in a very prim and proper way.  When you walk into their house, it looks organized.  They yell at you not to touch anything, they’re DVDs may be alphabetized, and everything has its own spot in which nothing else may invade that space.  You may call this OCD, but to them, they’re organized.  Then you have those people who look as though they are slobs.  Everything is all over the place and when you walk into their house, you can’t even see the floor.  However, if they can find what they are looking for then they would call themselves organized.

It doesn’t seem like it, but I believe everyone is organized.  It may not look like it on the outside, but on the inside they really know what they’re doing.  Of course, you have those people who lose things all the time and don’t find them until a year has passed.  I have a solution to that: Whatever it is that they lost simply grew legs and walked away.  No, of course not.  However, some people just have too much on their mind.  They’re organized, but simply forget where they put certain things.

I call myself a hot mess.  I’m organized, but to a certain extent.  Well…when it comes to my writing, anyway.  Remember I said that I have 120 ideas for stories and scripts?  Yes, that’s how many file folders I have.  Plus more because I’m sure that I’ll come up with more ideas.  I don’t know how much money I spent on those file folders, but to me, they help.  A lot.

Each story has its own separate folder.  I made up these “progress” sheets.  It says the date I started writing the novel, the date I finished it, when I started editing it, when I finished editing it (thinking it was worthy enough to be published), how many pages, how many chapters, how many words, etc.  That page is filled out (not completed on most of them, obviously) and stapled to the inside of the folder.  I also made up a “title” sheet.  The title of the book, the genre, the type whether it be a novel or script, and a big spot for a summary.  That is also stapled on the inside of the folder.

What actually goes inside the folder?  Lists.  Lists of the characters, their descriptions and backgrounds if I need them, an outline of the whole novel, and when finished, the first draft.  Of course, once edited, I move it to one of those filing folders that have seven pockets.  I fill that up with all the drafts of the novel.  It gets heavy and it gets fat, but it holds all those pieces of paper.

Where do I find all the space for this stuff?  Excellent question.  I don’t.  Yes, I have three bins that stack on top of each other.  The bottom is filled with notebooks.  The middle is filled with notebooks.  The top is filled with notebooks.  I have three other bins that are normal bins that have covers.  All three are filled with notebooks.  Are all these notebooks filled up?  Not at all.  However, I do use them; therefore, I need a place to put them.

If I wasted most of my space with empty, half-filled, and filled notebooks, where do I put the file folders?  Where do I actually put my novels?  They take up pretty much my whole desk space, so they are currently making themselves fit on my bookshelves which are completed loaded with books.  Do I need a filing cabinet to put these folders in?  Absolutely.  Doe

s my mom have one that she can give me?  Yes, which is perfect because I save money.  Do I have room anywhere to put this filing cabinet?  Not at all, but I made room.

Well, even though I don’t have that much room, I am still organized. Technically. I have everything in a neat pile, anyway. I should probably just clean up a little bit…how do you organize?

The inside of all my filing folders…except this one is not filled out because I have no started the novel. But as you can see by the index cards, I started planning the characters out. That’s a start!

2 thoughts on “It’s All About Organization

  1. I have to say, that’s impressive – having a hard copy of all your stories and stuff from the planning stages, that is. And it is really interesting to hear about how other writers organize their stuff. I have mine organized mostly on my computer which is nice, but if my computer ever dies and I forget to do one of my back-ups, it’s not so nice. And notebooks!! I’m so happy to know I’m not the only one who’s a little notebook crazy 🙂 My “collection” has been piling up since about third grade and I just can’t bear to part with any of ’em!

    • Oh, yeah…I have notebooks all over the place! Of course, I don’t use them nearly as often anymore because I just have the computer. And my laptop is only a year old, but I don’t save anything on it. I have two flash drives that I save all of my writing things on.

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