Organizing Writing

One of the things I struggle with as a writer is organization, not of a single piece but of all the pieces. I tend to write on anything that can hold some words.

My desk is piled with snippets of poetry, sentence fragments, and story ideas. My phone and files… just ugh!

Last night I spent about four hours of precious work time looking for the mobi file for Bitter Suites so I could send it to someone. I searched my Google Drive and desktop files—no mobi. What the heck?!? I just had it in July when I uploaded it to KDP. I finally went to bed, frustrated.

This morning I woke up to a cold fact: if I am to be a successful writer it’s time for me to grow up and stop losing my work. I have to start treating my stories like intellectual property. I need to keep them safe, backed up and organized.

Turning to Google, I found lots of information on organizing a single piece of writing but nothing on organizing all your writing. I may be on my own here.

Anyone with any tips on best ways to keep tabs on your work, please feel free to drop some links in the comments.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith's work has been published in several print and online publications, including the “Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase” vols. 2-4, “Christmas Lites” vols. 1-6 and the “Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthology. She has nearly 20 books of speculative fiction and poetry for adults, YAs and children. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award.
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