How do you keep your stories organized? Over the years, I’ve developed a system, but I’m always refining it. Here’s what I have so far:

notebooks and binderFor each story or series, I start a binder. Critique notes from my CPs, beat sheets, character background info, etc. all go into the binder.

Each story/series also gets its own notebook. I divide it into two sections: one for notes I take on read-throughs, the second for a character voice journal.

And that’s it. Admittedly, it’s a simple system, but so far it works. I recently felt overwhelmed with a series I was working on, so I’m starting to realize I need some way to keep notes on a series organized. A section in the binder? I have a series outline, so that’s a start. But I know I need more; I’m just not sure what yet. Suggestions would be appreciated.

What about you? How do you keep your stories organized?

ROW80 check-in…

Writing: So far this week I’ve written 1,131 words in “A Prince in Patience Point” (formerly “Be True”). Thanks to Amelia Ross for recommending the shiny new title. 🙂 I’ve set The Cabot Sisters series aside for now because it turns out that my brain can’t handle working on a series and teaching a new class at the same time. I was changing things in one book, and then working on another and forgetting that I’d changed them, etc. So I’ve switched back to Abbey and Neal’s story for the time being.

Reading: Just finished reading “Beautiful Demons” by Sarra Cannon. Not sure what I’ll read next. A month or so ago I started reading “The 10th Kingdom” by Kathryn Wesley, so maybe I’ll finish that one.

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What about you? What are you currently working on? Do you have any recommendations for authors working on a series to keep everything organized?

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