All posts tagged: keeping a binder for your work-in-progress

Write On, Wednesday: Dealing with Structure

By Leslie Lindsay  (image retrieved from myhsj.org) I have my novel-in-process right here with me.  Yes, its in electronic form on my handy-dandy lap-top and in binder form sitting on the table next to me.  I have another binder full of hand-outs  hints, tips, ideas, inspiration from from time at the Write by the Lake writer’s retreat back in June.  I don’t want to do anything about it.  Nope.  Nada.  No way.  “It’s hard!” I whine.  (Well, if it were easy, everyone would write a book).  But I know I need to.  Here’s what needs to happen:  I need to take all of my prose and turn into something a little more mangable.  I thought I was a person who could write without an outline…I preferred it that way.  Hey–if I knew every twist and turn ahead of time, what’s the point in writing?  For me, writing is a discovery process.  It’s about being in the moment and seeing where my fingers take me.  It’s pretty darn fun.  But back to structure.  I started out …

Write On, Wednesday: Keeping Tabs

By Leslie Lindsay At last evening’s writer’s group, we talked a bit about the how’s and why’s of publishing and just a bit about the process of writing.  Those of you who write know there is a distinct difference.  I was hoping for a little on the process as well, for that is what I am in the midst of–at least for a novel I am taking a stab at. Here’s what I probably would have added to the discussion: keep a binder.  Yep, a good ol’ 3-ring vinyl binder will do the trick for keeping tabs on your work-in-progress.  Here’s how it works: Get a binder Throw in some divider tabs Label those tabs:  character studies/sketches/arc, rough outline, scenes that come to mind but you aren’t sure yet where they would best fit “scene ideas”, articles/ideas “found” for inspiration, exerpts of your favorite author passages that somehow relate to your work (read over them when you hit a wall), and any other tabs you feel would be necessary for your writing. Keep referring to that binder throughout …