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Note to Self: Put the numerous Notes to Self in some kind of order and start paying attention to the important stuff.
There are certain things that come to mind when we’re writing that we don’t want to forget. Yellow stickies come in very handy. As a matter of fact, I have them pasted all over my desk, and it’s a fairly large roll top desk. I have stickies stuck to books, pieces of paper and to each other.
Will I ever get them sorted out? I tried it once, but it confused me when I tried to figure out what went with what. Was that sticky about a book or about taking the dog to the vet’s? Now I have folders that are filled with articles, papers, and of course, plenty of stickies. A lot of good that did. Now I have folders and loose notes everywhere. I’m almost thankful when one of the dogs gets his or her paws on a note and chews it up.
I also have a small handheld recorder where I record notes to myself. Unfortunately, I forget to listen to my verbal notes.
What hinders me even more is that many of my notes are about personal things, not writing. Did I have an appointment or did my character? When you write, you have so many things on your mind that sometimes it gets away from you.
The dogs bark and you don’t want to drive the neighbors nuts, so you have to go put a stop to it. Someone wants something and you have to drag yourself away from your Work in Progress (WIP) to take care of whatever it is. One look in the refrigerator and at the cupboards and you know it’s time for a trip to the store. Another look, this time at the mirror, and you realize it’s time for a haircut. And there’s always family to drag you away from your writing.
Housecleaning? What a joke. Ah, but when I finish a book I do a deep cleaning of the entire house – every nook and every cranny. It kind of makes up for my lapses while I was writing, or at least that’s what I tell myself.
Sometimes I have to take an important note and move it because if I get used to seeing it in the same place all the time, I start to ignore it. This would include things like a note that says, “Headers and Footers”. I’m quite good at forgetting to put those in my books and need a constant reminder. This is a note that stays up all the time.
I bought a new desk chair and the arms need to be tightened. I keep telling myself I’ll take care of it soon, but at this point I think the arms are ready to fall off. I’ll write a Note to Self when I finish writing this post – if I remember that long.
Do I sound disorganized? I am, but only to a point.
Preview of the Cover
I just finished “Choosing One Moment – A Time Travel Mystery” and now I’m editing it. I hope to have the book available in a couple of weeks. More about that in a future post. Anyway, that’s when it will be time to deep clean my office and maybe put some of the notes in order. Of course, half the fun is when I come across a note I can toss because the book is done.
I have friends who write and they’re much more organized than I am. I envy them. I’m not good at spending my time wisely, and at my age (none of your business) I don’t care as much as I used to.
Maybe I’m rebelling and I just don’t realize it. When I worked full-time there was a place for everything and everything was in its place. Things got done without a lot of confusion. I was on top of my game. I was somewhat of a perfectionist. Hmm. I don’t miss those days.
How about you? Can you put me to shame because you’re so organized or, in the reverse, because you’re worse than I am?
Oh, well, at least the book is done and will be out there soon.
Until next time, organize your notes and do some spring cleaning. Think of the cleaning as good exercise.
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