Before my life got crazy, I talked about how my writing process was lacking organization. I have been working on fixing that with this:
This is one of my son’s binders from last year. For some reason, though it had a see through cover, to denote its use they put a sticker on it… Kind of made it hard to reuse. So I took it!
In that front pocket I just mentioned, is my calendar with my daily writing tasks on arrow tabs (and a lip-shaped post-it note). More on my scheduling and goals some other time. For now, know that’s my schedule and that’s where I keep it.
First thing on the inside is a letter from K. L. Schwengel. Hers is the first street team I ever joined. She sent me a letter and an awesome pen for being part of it. (Isn’t that just the awesomest?) As it is part of my writing life, I tucked it away there for safe keeping.
Opposite that is my supply pouch. Contents: My computer/reading glasses, multiple pens in multiple colors, two highlights, scotch tape, lip-shaped post-its, arrow tabs, a mechanical pencil, and a hole puncher. I wanted to have as much as I could on hand! It’s easier to stay on task if all I do if flip, zip, and grab. Moving laptop off myself, getting up, going to another room, looking, and so on messes with writing too much.
Under the pouch are more supplies and current WIPs stuff. I’ll discuss how the WIPs are organized in Part 2 (coming soon). For now I’ll just list the supplies there: folders, tab dividers, 1 tab divider with pocket, index cards (in that pocket), white printer paper (also in pocket), and loose leaf notebook paper.
I know other people tend to do one binder/folder per project. As I work on multiple things at once, I felt as long as it was separated into sections, one binder would be enough for me. Plus I work on my couch and hiding it from company is easier this way.
I should also note that a lot of this stuff is re-purposed. The pouch, papers, and folders were bought from the back-to-school clearance section, but the dividers, pens, and so on were already on hand stuff. Half was leftover, previous years’ supplies (like the binder). A little beat up, but not throw away worthy.
Do you prefer all brand new supplies or is slightly used okay?
Where do you get your writing organizing supplies? Anything in particular you look for?
Be sure to come back for Part 2!
P.S.- Check out my latest interview over at Marie Lavender’s blog! And be sure to go visit her blog on October 16th (noon EST) for a multi-author giveaway. One of the prizes is my short story SUNLESS and there’s lots more!