A few years back I stumbled across a course called Write From the Bible. Such a fine text, written by a man called Glenn White who used to be the editor of WriteToInspire.com The author died a few years ago, the course and its website no longer exist.
Write From the Bible introduced me to the "Inductive Bible Study Method" (more on that in another post). It has also helped me to get started in organizing my writing notes. However, I needed to improve my own system.
Glenn suggested to keep a writing journal and to create an index for it. I followed his advice and began to write down my notes into a copy book and have done so for a couple of years now. However, I have struggled to come up with a good filing system. Over these past years I have been keeping the journals on a bookshelf at first but then I have put them in a decorative storage box. I have failed, though, creating a table of contents for it. Therefore I'm not able to quickly find a text whenever I'm looking for a specific one.
Glenn suggested to write the journals by hand. I'm must faster in typing my notes. That's why since about two years I'm not only collecting handwritten but also digital texts which makes it even harder to organize all of my notes. Oh dear!
I had to come up with a system that would help me find what I'm looking for without having to spend hours searching for it. Because I already have a fairly good way of filing the digital notes I thought I could come up with a similar one for my copy books. While working at it I discovered that I need to combine the two instead of having two separate ones. But how? My handwritten journals are in an A5 (5.8" x 8.3") format while the printed (typed) journals are in an A4 (8.3" x 11.7") format. In case you ask, no I do not want to mess with layouts if I can avoid it. I thought Why not merge the two and have one and the same format? So that's exactly what I did.
I'm quite happy with my new system. Curious? Then please do come back next Wednesday when I will tell you more about it.
I'm a helpmeet, homemaker and writer, born and raised in Germany but now living in the Sunny South East of Ireland.