Sunday, January 13, 2013

Organizing My Writing Stuff (with pictures!)

I can't wait to hear your 2013 Writing Goals. Me? Well, I haven't set any. I'm focusing right now on organizing all my papers and ideas, written on all sorts of different things.

I bought a large plastic tub at Office Depot, and it holds hanging file folders. It also holds my ebook, which I've printed and put in a binder. I'll be working on updating that soon, but in the meantime it is still my own best resource for getting published. I like the tub because I can tuck it away when I'm not writing and drag it out when I actually get some time to hunker down and write. With a traveling, working-a-lot husband, that is not so often!

Anyway, here are some of my hanging file folder titles:

Ideas for regional parenting magazines
Ideas for national parenting magazines
Ideas for religious magazines
Ideas for homeschooling magazines
Ideas for writing magazines
Ebook ideas
Essays

[notice how nothing is in alphabetical order? you have to set up your system how it will work for you!]

Book ideas
Memoir
Published clips
Financials (check stubs, invoices, signed writer contracts)
General writing information

And more, but I'm writing this while my kids play at Mickey D's, so I don't have the tub in front of me. I don't, like, HAUL it everywhere with me!

So I'm dying to know how you stay organized and what your goals are!


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