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?
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.