Organize Your Writing
So, you’ve taken our advice and started writing/recording, whenever you can. You’ve had your writing/recording tool handy with you throughout the day, and you’ve memorialized your ideas or stories whenever you’ve had a chance. Now you’re wondering, where do I go from here?
Our advice to you is that as your ideas begin to develop, start organizing those thoughts by topics. If you start organizing your work by topics at the onset, it will become easier for you to compile your work, which we recommend you do on a weekly basis if you’re using more than one means (audio recording, pen and paper, or notes app in phone) of writing recording your thoughts and ideas.
When it comes to organizing your work, we recommend you do so with Microsoft Word, but if you don’t have that, you can use Google Docs or Pages (Apple users). As mentioned above, it’s best if you organize your work by topic, and bold those topics as you organize.
Here are two examples:
1. If you’re writing a self-help book about parenting and you’re decided to split up the book by different phases of childhood, your bolded labels would include: Newborn, Infant, Toddler, Preschool age, etc.
2. If you're writing a mystery novel, you can organize your work by character or scene descriptions. Examples: Protagonist (Ana), Antagonist (Bob), The Crime, etc.
By organizing your work this way, it will be easier to compile your work in an organized manner, especially if you’re using different tools to jot down your work throughout the day as we advised. When it comes to maintaining diligence in your writing, the convenience of being able to jot down your ideas at any point is key.
Major Take Aways
1. Split your ideas into topics as you write your ideas
2. Decide on the software in which you'd like to
compile your work
3. Compile your work by topic on a weekly basis
We hope you found this post helpful. Our next blog post will be about outlining your writing.