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Monday, August 27, 2012

Get Organized. Keep a log book.

For a while now I've seen this Composition book lying around, one my daugther had when she was in college, you know, the kind of book with the black or blue cover and the pages have double-spaced lines. You buy them at office supply stores. (Hey, this would even work with your computer notebook or Scrivener, I think.) I've always wanted to put the Composition book to some use, but could never decide on what to use it for.

Then it came to me. When I was in the navy, we kept log books on the bridge. Everything that happens on the brige gets written down. No relying on someone's fuzzy memory about what happened three months ago, or three years ago. Just go to the log.

Now why wouldn't this work for a writer. Keep a log as you work. An idea comes up for the story you're working on, write in the log. You've finished for the day, write down in the log where you stopped, and what you need to do next. You realize you need to make a change to an earlier chapter, write it in the log.

Faithfully keep a log book and you should never forget anything. No sticky notes to lose (just don't lose your log book).

Here's the first entry in my new log:



What do you think? Are you already doing something like this? Do you think it's a good idea, if you don't already have some such method?

10 comments:

Clarissa Draper said...

I keep a log. But I do it on Scrivener. It's a brilliant idea. Keeping track of where you want to go the next day is motivation to write the next day.

Linda Jackson said...

Ironically, I happened to be cleaning off my desk today and found my "log book", a spiral binder where I jot down notes when I'm fleshing out a novel. I don't quite use it the way you've described, but I think it's a very good idea.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I keep a log book on the computer, just making word files. But it's essentially the same idea.

Jeff Hargett said...

The closest I get to that is scribbling notes in my writing workbench software, but I've never treated it like a log. I've never been faithful to writing in a journal, odd as that may sound for a writer.

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

I'm starting to keep a handwritten notebook on my middle grade mystery that I'm revising, as well as notes for the next book in the series. I think something more creative happens when you jot down notes longhand.

Then I'm following up with an outline on the computer for the next book. I'll let you know how that works out. The revision of Book I is keeping me pretty busy.

E.D. said...

I think it is a great idea - I used to keep a log book but somehow it always ended up on the bottom of some pile. Now I keep post its and electronic notes ... and hope to return to the log book someday.

Lydia Kang said...

I don't do a log book, but it sounds like a great way to get organized!

Rachna Chhabria said...

I have a diary where I jot down points for my trilogy, its better to put it in one place than in random slips of paper which can get lost.

Tanya Reimer said...

This might be a fun experiment. I tried something like this one, when I was overwhelmed and felt like I had too many projects on the go.

Alleged Author said...

I love the idea of this!! Following you and it's very nice to meet you!

AA
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