Topic: Broken Glass thread, staying organized
Hey guys, I crept around a bit, and even though the actual plot of my book is mostly romance, I think it’s fantasy/medieval enough to fit in here based on the subplots and world aspects. So I’m setting up Broken Glass’s shop here. I was about ready to give up on my bookchild when I found the site, and you guys have really given me some hope that I can make it presentable instead of hiding it in the attic and hoping it never comes back to haunt me like Smike.
The title is tentative. The cover is tentative. The middle chapters are a dumpster fire.
Out of curiosity, how organized or chaotic is everyone else’s writing/editing process?
TLDR: I went from having 5 documents in one folder to having 25 documents in 15 folders in the 2 weeks since joining the site.
I've always been a real organized writer, even when just writing for entertainment. But I’ve struggled since coming to the site to stay organized.
When I got here I just had the one Word document for my whole book, then a separate document for my B1 outline, a third for my B2 outline, a character sheet, and a storybible document.
I realized quickly after getting here that I needed each chapter in a separate document so I could take each chapter apart and experiment with people’s suggestions without risking losing what I had initially in case those experiments didn’t sit well after I slept.
Then I realized I needed to make a to do/laundry list like I do for my proofreading clients to compile my common errors and bad habits so I could edit ahead before I posted. Then I had to split that into four documents: “problem words,” “you need to add this in somewhere,” “figure out how to fix this” and “you need to research that.”
I cut a bunch of info dumps but still need to add that info back in at various points, so I also have an “upcycle” document.
Since most of you guys have been doing this longer and getting feedback for longer, I’d love to know how everyone else is organizing and keeping track of their worlds/systems/stories.