How do you keep track of your writing projects? Do you have a computer file with a list of the current condition of each project? Maybe you have your writing in paper form around the house somewhere? Maybe you just have it all in your head. How do you keep track of how far you are in each project?
I do this.
That is my wardrobe. As you can see it’s covered with notes. The sticky notes on the top left are short stories that I’ve sent out to various competitions. Written on them are the names of said stories, the date they’ve been sent off and which competitions they’ve gone to as well as the date the results are available. When the date for results has past I throw away the sticky note, curse and try again.
The three sticky notes on the top right are the condition of my stories that I’ve yet to submit. By condition I mean what stage they’re in. Are they ready to be sent out, do they need editing or re drafting, do they need a complete overhaul?
The white pieces of paper are to-do lists. Only the one on the left is writing related the other is my normally weekly jobs list. They’re not completely relevant to this post so we’re gloss over them but the point I’m making is that this is how I keep track of where I am with my work.
So that’s one question answered but what about the second. How do you keep track of where you are in your work? Do you set yourself a deadline (or perhaps your agent has set you one?) Do you leave yourselves annotations in your work? Do you break it down into separate chapters or parts?
Some people use long lists like this.
Some people do Spider diagrams or Think tanks
Here’s a link from the Daily Mail on how various other authors plan out their work.
I like J K Rowling’s calendar method but I must admit I can’t read anything she’s written. I don’t think my house has enough wall space for the Catch 22 table.
How do you keep track of your work?
How do you keep track of your various writing projects?
It’s all personal taste, there isn’t a right or wrong answer. Why don’t you leave your answer in the comment section below?