Literary Luncheon

Idaho Writers Guild LITERARY LUNCH

The Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Boise
$20 for members, $25 for guests


Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
(Doors open at 11:15)

Organize Your Writing – From Start to Finish

Need help keeping your characters in check? Scenes? Drafts? Ideas?

Multi published author Peggy Staggs will share her method of how to keep your writing organized.

Raised in a military household, I was faced with different challenges than most kids. No, we weren’t required to stand at attention, but we did move every summer. I went to 13 schools in 12 years. It didn’t take long to get a system down so I knew what was where in a new house. We had a weight limit, so a system of packing and knowing what to keep and what to discard was necessary. Needless to say, we didn’t have a lot of books. I do now.

Funny thing, I married a man who went to one grade school, one junior high, and one high school. He did go to three colleges. After all these years, he’s gotten used to my spring cleaning.
Besides my personal experience, I’ve read books on organization, and taken workshops on keeping things in order. If the cover of a magazine displays the word organization or better yet 10 ways to organize anything, I buy it. The trick is not to get so tangled in the organization that’s all you do.

I have a labeler, and I don’t hesitate to use it. Yes, my spices are in alphabetical order and dated, my books are on the shelves by category, and the cat and dog food is in order so they don’t eat the same thing every night. I also have the pizza place on speed dial.

As a full time writer, I had to pull out all my logistic skills. I needed a system that was easy, efficient, and wasn’t time-consuming to add to or use. With a series, it’s doubly important. You don’t want your hero’s eyes changing color from one book to the next. Then there’s the added complication of keeping the days and times straight. 

Now that I’m writing two series, I have to be extra vigilant. Trust me, readers notice every slip. I edit one book while I write the next. That’s good and bad. I can go back in and foreshadow something in the edit that will show up in the new book. Now that I’m writing two series at the same time, I do not want my heroine showing up in the wrong book. It’s like juggling with extra balls constantly being tossed in. The good news is, it can be done.

My Ensley Markus mysteries are available on Amazon.
House at Road’s End
Deception Road
Spirit Road
Coming this summer:
Redemption Road
Justice Road
My new mystery series will be out in early summer
Liquid Light


  1. Really enjoyed the roundtable discussions. Went back for double doses of 'Story Structure' and 'The Importance of Place', but the one that surprised me the most was 'Television Scriptwriting' with Royce. It's not something that I had ever looked at before, but the difference in perspective between a novel, television script, and even a movie script are pretty fascinating.
    I had planned on handing out cards with my upcoming book, 'Blademage Adept' (Now in Pre-Order on Kindle), but left them by the comment basket due to the chaotic nature of this particular luncheon. Not many cards got taken, but they must have been noticed, according to the spike on Amazon. Thanks for the support, guys!

  2. Your book looks great Chris! Congrats on your writing success!

  3. I'm not able to make it to the luncheon tomorrow. Please donate my ticket fee to someone else or use it as a general donation. Sorry to miss!

  4. I'm new to Idaho Writers Guild - just joined yesterday. I plan to attend the luncheon on Sept 20th. I don't see a place on this page (or elsewhere) to pay in advance.