Purchasing stock in sticky notes would be beneficial to me! There was a time when I’d carry around a pack of sticky notes to jot down my story ideas or new words I came across. By the end of the day, I’d have far too many yellow squares stuck to my wall or desk. It would be a jumbled mess.
This disorganization only led to frustration and lack of focus. I soon accepted the fact that I had to get organized if I wanted to be a successful writer. Here are two methods I tried:
- I created an outline for my writing. This made my writing time more effective. With an outline, I knew exactly where I wanted to go with my writing. I didn’t waste time on ideas that weren’t related to my work. I was able to streamline my notes and put them in a more meaningful, sequential order. So, by the end of my writing session, I had created a great piece of writing.
- I made a diagram. Diagrams are useful because they give you a visual image of the setting of your story. A diagram allows you the freedom to imagine even the most minute details of your script. Having an image on paper will add more fuel to your linguistic fire.
Whatever organizational method you choose, have a plan in place and stick to it…at least for a few weeks. If one method doesn’t work for you, don’t be afraid to try another method. Just as you would edit your writing, you should edit your organizational style to suit your needs. Let me know how it works out for you.
Happy writing, my friends!