I have a system that works. I do. It’s called write everything on paper, in little notebooks, and keep it in shoe boxes (you know, the big ones that winter boots come in).
But there is a problem with this system. You know what it is? Organization. I’m a fairly organized person, so how did I get so out of control with my writing stuff? Is it that I insist on saving a hard copy of each iteration of QFS (each having the edits and rewrites attached)? Is it that keeping notebooks with half the pages ripped out and the rest scribbled on is a terrible idea? Is it that all my little notes and sketches don’t have a real home? Is it that I just don’t have enough folders to keep everything organized?
Yesterday I spent over an hour looking through all of my QFS notes and drafts trying to find my most accurate map for the world (I needed it for reference for part of book 2). Do you want to know where I finally found it? The first place I looked. Except, it wasn’t in the folder with the rest of the maps so I assumed it wasn’t in that box.
I’m hitting a wall with keeping my writing stuff organized*. Even my computer has folder after folder to try and keep it all together. I’ve been thinking about getting Scrivener, but have my reservations. After all, I can’t put it in my purse and take it with me (unless I can, I don’t know!). I also do almost all of my original writing by hand – I feel like if I got Scrivener, I’d feel pressured to use it and perhaps my writing would suffer? But I’ve heard excellent things about it!
So here is a question: would you recommend Scrivener to me, knowing everything I’ve told you in this post? Or would you recommend investing in a filing cabinet (or some other REAL way of organizing). Because something has got to change.
*I will say that I keep my current drafts in the top desk drawer, and I believe that is all I have in there. I don’t even keep pens in there for fear they will explode and ruin my work.