Does a writer really need to be organized when writing a novel? Some would say yes. I can honestly say I have not been super organized with my materials. I have kept my manuscript on an 8GB flash drive that I carry with me everywhere. It has pictures, research, and other notes needed. I have also emailed my self helpful websites or websites that would aid in research.
Some writers have a binder to keep all their writing organized. I did not do this with my first WIP, but I may try it for the next one. I have started to gather details on what should be included in a writing binder and here is a great blog that will help get you started. Alyse Bailey created this blog post to help writers keep organized from research to editing. She provides a detail step by step process on how to set up the binder. I intend to try this and will let you know how it goes.
Who has a writing schedule? If you work a 9-5 job, then you probably need one or have set times aside to write. I have never utilized a writing schedule before, but I have fallen into the habit of writing every chance I get from after my 9-5 job to Sunday’s. I don’t write on Saturdays as that is the day my husband and I do our shopping and just be together. Sunday is laundry and cleaning day (mornings) then I write in the afternoon. Robyn Roste gives a great description on her blog to set up and create a writing schedule in three easy steps. Check it out!
I do not have good writing habits . . . yet! But I am working on it as I continue to edit my current WIP and look forward to writing my second. K.M. Weiland provides some habits of successful writers that perhaps we could all benefit from. She has also authored some books that help in getting your novel off the ground from outlining to character creating.
Let’s work on these ways of organization and see how some of them can fit into our daily lives as writers. We all have different lives from children still at home to empty nesters. I am sure we all can use some of these suggestions.
Happy writing! 😊