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Organizing my writing files

How do you organize your writing files? I recently decided to reorganize the folders in my writing directory into: poetry, flash, short stories, novels (actually, a separate folder for each WIP), and "false starts"

I'm hoping that this helps me to submit more, because it will be easier to pick out the short stories from flash. And when I have some moments to write, I can pick up something in the "false starts" folder, and maybe get more works finished and ready to submit.

I didn't completely get rid of the "exercises" folder ... I have one piece from a writing exercise that I don't plan to develop further.

So, how are your writing folders organized?


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Nov. 16th, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
I have one main folder on the desktop for all my work and folders within for each main project/client that I work with.
Nov. 16th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
Ahem. This will sound confusing, maybe, but it isn't at all, it's just difficult to explain.

Some stories have hard copies and some don't, but they all have a computer file.

In the computer, the folders arranged like this:

1. Toymaker
2. Parts
3. World's Edge
4. Death's Flowers,

and so on. In the folders, each draft of a story (each word document) also has a number, the most recent draft with the highest number.

In my file cabinet, since there aren't so many that are printed out, I have the folders labeled, 1-3; 4-6; 7-9, and when I do print out a story, in the upper right hand corner, I write #2, if the story is Parts, and then under that, its draft number.

That's it. I know where every story goes, I know how far along I am, and I don't lose them in piles; it's a relief, doing this.

I do keep another folder for "In Progress," and meant to use it for the current project, but I usually leave what I'm working on on top of my desk. Oh, and Liberty Hall Flash Challenges has its own folder, where they're sort of a limbo until I pull them out and decide to go further and add them to the end of my numbered folders. If I purge, then the new story will go into an "empty" folder.

That's it, pretty much :) I don't have the variety of works that you do, just a bunch of short stories.
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