As I was retyping the first chapter of draft 2 from my print copy I found myself making a list of comments and notes as I went along, so these points could be dealt with in future drafts.
It was one of those 'if I don't write it down now I'll forget it' things.
So I got out a pack of file cards from my stationery stash (every writer has one of those don't they?), put the chapter number at the top of the first card, and then added the comments with the page or paragraph it related to.
(I know that when I've dealt with those in the third draft I'll likely have more notes to add, but I'm taking it one draft at a time...)
Once I'd finished retyping the chapter I saved it in three digital forms (after losing everything but the print copy I'm being triple careful this time); printed it out and put it into a plastic cover and popped the file card in with it.
I use those thin plastic sleeves that have holes already punched (for various types of file storage) and use green treasury tags to keep the chapters together. I can easily add the next sleeve behind it; then it goes into it's own file box- nothing more annoying than looking for that piece of paper with information you need and not knowing where it is, so everything goes in the box now.
Really I'd like to add a filing cabinet, but my office area doesn't have room for one at the moment- but that doesn't mean it will stay that way...
Though honestly, it's easier to create an office from a bare room, than it is to change one that has furniture you can't move elsewhere.
Do you have an office essential that makes your writing life easier?
|One day I will get a filing cabinet...