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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 …