Just Jot It January 18th – Organizing for the Writer

   Just Jot It January 18th – Organizing for the Writer

JusJanJoI am a writer. A very messy writer. I need to figure out an organizing system that will help me keep things straight.

I get a story/article or title/subject and I write it on any scrap of paper. Never found again.

I have a writing buddy and the stuff she sends me are a mess in the emails and in the envelopes she sends me. My fault, I am just not organized.

Are writers neat? Or am I the exception?

They say a messy desk is a sign of genius. (I like that one).

I need my own personal writer to help me organize in a way that would help me. My buddy’s system won’t really work for me. It takes up a lot of room and that I don’t have.

Journals? Divided notebooks? File cabinet and files? (Mine are jammed tight)

There must be a way for a slob to organize their notes, other’s info given to them, info they find on their own (Hah!).

Any suggestions?





About Tessa

Teresa (Tessa) Smeigh is now in her 60's and still going strong despite her disabilities affecting both physical and mental abilities. She has bipolar disorder (mental), Fibromyalgia (nerves), degenerative disc disease (spine), and arthritis (joints). Despite that she is active in Mental Health Advocating, writing for www.IBPF.org (volunteer for non-profit) and has 5 blog posts already published by them. She is also working on 2 fiction books (mysteries). She keeps her blog filled with useful content, daily devotionals (She is a Christian), stories and poems. Plenty to keep you busy. She has also been interviewed by blogs and had other posts published on many different blogs. She is from Deptford, NJ. Her family and blog keep her busy.
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10 Responses to Just Jot It January 18th – Organizing for the Writer

  1. I jot my ideas/story/thoughts/etc in a notebook. It’s better than loose sheet of paper. as I will never remember where I last left it. 😀


  2. Deb says:

    I am a messy writer too. Will have to pop back here to see what advice you get.:-)

    Liked by 1 person

  3. roweeee says:

    I am not only messy but I have a neurological condition just to really screw things up. I like to have things out where I can see them or it’s like they don’t exist.
    I agree with the notebook idea and the notes should be added to your computer files. So much easier to find them there.
    I like to colour-code things for different projects and using highlighter pens.
    Use post-it notes to remind myself of important things and use diaries extensively.
    I use alarms to keep an eye on time, which is another problem of mine.
    Have intrays on my desk.
    Have a folder for activities where all the info goes in plastic sleeves.
    Hope that helps.
    xx Rowena

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    • Tessa says:

      Wow Rowena that is a lot of ideas.Time is another problem. I have to use alarms now too. I forgot to take my psych pills and threw my stabilization off and I am missing appts. I will be out running errands and the drs office calls to ask where I am. Not a good idea to miss appts.


  4. Meredith says:

    Tess use Word Press to write save ideas for future posts, save as a draft.

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  5. LindaGHill says:

    I use Scrivener to write my novels. But apart from that, let’s just say you and I are both geniuses. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

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