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Managing multiple writing projects

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Warning: This is a work in progress. -- Fritz.

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I suspect that the vast majority of writers have ideas for more than one story. Whether it's a trilogy or series of novels, or a multiple short stories set in the same world, or simply non-related short stories and novels, it can be a challenge to keep things straight.

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Example writing directory.

In addition to keeping a sparks file and assigning an ID, I use separate folders for each story. Once a story becomes moves from an entry in the sparks file and has been assigned an ID, it becomes a folder in the incubator and, at a minimum, a notes file and a log file. Sometimes, if I'm inspired enough, I will create a body file and write opening and/or ending scenes. Once I've collected enough notes or I'm feeling that I just have to start it (that is, I'm moving from the incubator phase to the barf phase, the story will graduate from the incubator and move to the main writing directory. At this point, any of the missing core files (these include address and title) will be created.

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Example story directory.

Story worlds are given identifiers and folders like stories. In the file system, I add parenthesis to story world identifiers to separate them from standard story identifiers.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • standardize file names to facilitate searching
  • file names are unique because of identifiers, this facilitates backups and avoids confusion
  • use links for navigation and to remind yourself what identifiers stand for

It's important to make time for future projects in your schedule.  (e)

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