The Alliance of Literary Writers, Authors and Yabbering Scribes (ALWAYS) — a tribe of established, Phoenix-area writers — gather once a month for lunch and a chat about writing. It’s rather like a Secret Writer’s Society, except the tips we share are not so secret, since we share them with you. 🙂
Key Book-Organization Tools
Many authors I’ve encountered in the past several weeks brought up the topic of how to organize a book. ALWAYS members shared a handful of fun and worthwhile suggestions:
1. Use a large sketch pad for writing notes; and to draw, map, or paste visual ideas that pertain to the story. You can also use it to develop a portable storyboard for your plot.
2. Write character notes or actions, important plot point, or scene ideas on colored 3×5 cards. Use a different color for characters, plot points, etc.
3. Post a visual timeline or cards or Post-It notes on a cork board in the room where you write.
4. Use software to help organize all your thoughts and ideas:
- Scrivner content generation tool
- Aeon Timeline timeline tracking
- MindGenius mind mapping
- Write Way Pro book organization
What other ideas can you share?