I have a pretty basic way to sort things with 21 folders. This is what they are, with explanations if I think they are necessary.
- Celtx Projects (backups)
- Complete (stuff I’m not working on and is done)
- Contest Submissions
- Cooling Rack (purgatory for documents between drafting and editing)
- Exe Files
- Fan Fics
- Incomplete (stuff I’m not working on but isn’t done)
- Junk Notes (random writer crap)
- Not By My (where I save beta work)
- Trash (never looking in here again)
- Treasure Box (never tire of looking inside)
- Words I Likes (vocab bank)
- Write or Die (backups)
Depending on the folder, different things get organized different ways. My three most-used folders are Blogging, Fan Fics, and WIP, so I thought I’d show the predominant organization in each.
In Blogging, I divide what I do into three sections: Sometimes I’m a Story, Wandering in a Blur, and Guest Posts. I save each post I do in the appropriate folder, which is then put into another folder based upon the month (or blog) it was posted.
In Fan Fics, there are no folders. Instead, I write my abbreviation of the series name in all caps, and then the title of the piece in regular writing.
In WIP, there’s a folder for each project I’m working on, which in turn has a folder for each draft, which holds folders and files filled with manuscripts, notes for the future, inspiration, and more, depending on which stage I’m at.
This works well for me—when I’m blogging, things like scheduling and backups are important, which is why I focus more on month and destination, whereas in Fan Fics I’m simply letting off steam and it’s not as important to me to know when I wrote what and who read it. And, if you’re a writer, I’m sure you know it would suck if you weren’t able to divide your files between projects, drafts, and notes, because you’d never find anything!
Keeping my writing organized helps me keep track of everything I’ve done and everything I plan to do, but it’s by no means the best way. Which, of course, leads to the question: