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RWA Workshop Recap- Organization for Writers

As some of you know, I spoke at the national RWA conference back in…oh, July. (I know, I know)

I had the awesome pleasure of giving two workshops: one on organization for writers, and the other on Bollywood movies as a source of inspiration. I wrote about that on my group site I participate in, Saris and Stories. You can check out that post here!

What I haven’t done is posted anything about Organization for Writers. Which is why I’m going to post five quick tips here. Are you ready? Okay, here we go:

1. Taxes aren’t for the faint of heart. Get a system in place and stick to it. (You should be collecting receipts and reporting expenses as a novelist)



2. Do one great big electronic clean up. That means: collect all your flash drives, your floppy discs, your CDs, your external hard drives and compact them into three locations: desktop, cloud storage, external/portable storage. Below are some cloud storage types that you can check out courtesy of Mark Gordon.



3. Create organizational goals annually, and then try to meet/exceed them. Statistics demonstrate that the more organized you are (whatever that word means to you!) the more likely you are to be productive. Just make sure they’re S.M.A.R.T. goals.

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4. Keep similar naming conventions for everything. That way, if you are looking for something in particular, you’ll be able to find it a lot faster by knowing what it’s supposed to be called. 


5. Make a mess, then clean it up: this means take out all of the files you’ve saved, all of the paperwork you thought you’d need one day, and put it in one corner. Then slowly go through it separating it into ‘keep’ and ‘shred’ files. You can add a third pile for ‘digitize’ which simply means scanning it and adding it to your computer files. 


Looking for more tips on organization? Check out my Pinterest board for ideas! It’s a lot of fun. 


Until next time, stay fresh, guys.

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