Organization for Writing Success

What are some ways you can organize your writing so that you spend more time writing? Here are some practical tips.

Tip 1: capture & organize your thoughts

Get your thoughts out of your head and on paper where you can instantly access them. This can be done several ways. Some writers have a dedicated notebook where they scribble down ideas as they come. Others might use a writing app on their smartphone or dictation software. Whichever option you choose, the point is that you are putting your ideas in a place where you have easy access to them.

Tip 2: master your research

Annotations are an important part of being a writer. Traditionally, annotations are written directly in books, usually in the margins. With the advent of ebooks, annotations can be more easily accessed than ever with topics being searchable. Even more efficient options include software like Evernote, where annotations and comments can be tagged and organized according to subject.

Tip 3: have a dedicated writing space

Routines are important for content creators because they free the brain up to be creative. Having a dedicated space to write is one way to establish routine. This can be a particular room in your home if you have the space, or it can be a smaller area – the kitchen table, your favorite cafe, or the desk in your bedroom.

Tip 4: master your writing tools

Writers are variable about their tools for writing; everyone has different preferences and needs. Whatever tools you use, they should support your writing. Tools are not the end-all, and if they keep you from writing, then they aren’t working. Writing tools can be as simple as pen and paper (many great authors had access to nothing else!) or they can be digital such as word processing softwares like Google Docs, Microsoft Word, or Scrivener.

And most importantly, make sure you have the right support for your writing! Set up a consultation with me to get started on the right foot.

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