Friday, March 19, 2010
MY OWN SYSTEM
Years ago I had no type of filing system, but just stuck paperwork into a manila folder and stuck it in a drawer. I usually wrote on the outside of it "research". Because that's what it was. Every time I researched a character, or a town for a particular scene I was trying to create, I added another manila folder, and again wrote on the cover, research. Well, you can imagine how frustrated I would become pulling out all those folders with research written on the cover. So one day, I went to a thrift store and found a filing cabinet. I came home with a couple boxes of hanging file folders and set out to organize my files. Today I have a file for everything. My husband gets so upset with me when he tries to find anything in those files. I have two big file cabinets in my office. One drawer holds personal receipts and the other drawers and file cabinet contains my writing "stuff". My husband, to my knowledge has never filed anything. Whenever he has something he wants filed, he lays it on my desk, knowing if I don't have a file for it, I'll make one. A few days ago he was looking for an insurance quote. I was busy writing, so he didn't want to disturb me. However I choose to believe it is a man thing and related to his "never stop to get directions gene". He was pulling papers out dropping them on the floor, laying them on the top of the filing cabinet, and finally in frustration asked me where I thought I would have filed the paperwork. I smiled, knowing just where I "stuck" that one. He said, "Why are you grinning." "Well, sweetie, you aren't going to believe this, but that particular piece of paper is filed under the agents ex-wife's brother's name." It works for me.