The Wonders of Organisation

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Half-term is over; time to get back to work. 


The house is empty and quiet. My room is waiting…

At this point in my cycle I’m usually struggling to find the motivation. The kids are back at school, I have plenty of time to work but motivation escapes me. 

Except this time it’s different. I’m looking forward to getting back to writing. 

In the past few weeks I’ve spent time organising my files in Scrivener. My chapters are labelled, my scenes colour-coded. The novel is the most organised it’s ever been, and it has done wonders for inside my head. The labels and colour-codes are in my head too and without even loading Scrivener I can think about a chapter. Before opening the page I can see the characters interacting and get it straight in my head. 

Thinking what comes next isn't an issue, I can choose which chapter to write. And that makes the experience of writing the novel more exciting. I can't wait to start writing again. 

It's great when you can start a period of work with positivity. I hope I can keep it up until Christmas.

How are you doing after the half-term break?

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9 comments:

  1. Keeping the positivity going is key isn't it. I think I need to investigate Scrivener-so far I've written 20,000 words without any editing and not even any chapter divisions (although some are 'there' in my head) I need all the help I can get!
    I hope the positive approach stays with you.

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    1. Thanks. It is good to try and stay positive but it is difficult sometimes. Scrivener is awesome, definitely the thing that's helped me most this time. :)

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  2. I have Scrivener although I've yet to start using it! Sounds like you're getting a lot out of it though and it's great that you're starting the new half term with positivity and motivation!
    I spent all my free time yesterday (which isn't much as I have my 20 month old at home) writing my post for today, and today I've spent all his nap time reading and commenting on #WhatImWriting posts! It's the eternal battle between blogging and writing! Tomorrow, though I will be doing so creative writing. If he naps for long enough...
    Thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting xx

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    1. Oh yes that eternal battle. I go through it every day. I remember what it was like (before I started blogging) with the little one at home all the time. I've no idea how you manage it all, I struggle and my two are both at school through the day!
      I hope little one sleeps for a while for you. xx

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  3. Colour coded scenes? Wow, I like the sound of that. I write on Scrivener but I don't use many of the features, I mainly use it for all the different formats you can export into. It sounds like you're getting back into things after the half term break, I'm just about managing the same here.

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    1. The colour codes are really helpful because at a glance you can tell what you've done and what needs working on. And it's so simple, once you know how to do it.
      Ah yes glad the half term is over now, just hoping I can keep up productivity to Christmas.

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  4. I really must get scrivener. I'm hearing so many good things. Sounds like you have the novel so organised. Lovely positive post.

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    1. Thanks Nicola. Scrivener is awesome, and I know I only use a very small set of features!

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  5. that is brilliant, wonderful that you are so organised. I hope that it is working well

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