Catching up on Organization – 2014

Posted by Akira | Posted in General Writing, Organization | Posted on 13-01-2014

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Courtesy of cfci.net

Courtesy of cfci.net

The new year has begun and I’m taking a bit of my own advice! I’m knee deep in new writing projects and the need to re-organize has hit me like a brick. I’ve posted a lot about the need for useful organization in the past. I’ve found that there’s also a need to make sure I’m not spinning my wheels when I take on new projects and commitments by updating my approach to organization when it’s needed.

Identities

Posted by Akira | Posted in Book 2, General Writing, Wild Royal | Posted on 06-03-2011

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Having shelved the novel for a while I started working on an outline. I hadn’t run into a writer’s block, but I did find that I was stuck trying to tie my plots together. I had my romance and I knew how the outcome would be. I had my main plot and I knew how that plot would end. I had my main character’s “journey” detailed so I knew how that would end. The problem was that, in several rewrites, I still hadn’t tied it all together in a neat or semi-neat little package. It was difficult to find the ending to the novel because I just couldn’t tie it all together. Enter Microsoft OneNote. I’m not one to push any type of Microsoft product, but this one has worked for me. I used it in conjunction with a good book, Fill-in-the-Blank Plotting: A Guide to Outlining a Novel Using the Hero’s Journey & Three-Act Structure by Linda George.  I found the book by George THE strategy to use to focus my story and take me through the plotting process to structuring an ending. Using the technique as presented by George was one thing, but I just don’t have the inclination to construct a physical cork board with tons of index cards and push pins. That’s where Microsoft’s OneNote comes in. I used it to simulate the cork board that George presents in her book. It allows the user to create multiple notes of various shapes and sizes and allows the user to move the notes independently of each other all over the screen. It also auto saves so you never have to worry about losing or accidentally deleting a note. It served me well. It is a great electronic cork board and works well for my purposes.