Chat Replay: How Can I Better Organize My Writing Materials?

Except for the most organized among us, all of us have faced this experience as writers: You are in the middle of an important story, and you have found just the right place for that anecdote collected some time ago. It's on point. It reveals both character and an important issue. It is pithy. And ... you can't find it.

How many times have you said to yourself: "I know it's here somewhere. But where?" I'll save you the agony of reliving most of what happens next. Minutes, sometimes hours, wasted looking through files, excavating that pile of papers in the corner, thumbing through notebooks.

Why am I so disorganized?!

Let's talk about the importance of getting your stuff together as a writer. Before you can cook that great meal you need recipes, a rack of spices and utensils all in a row. Before you can write that great story, you need to clean your writing nest. You need to set the altar of worship to the writing gods.

Don't let yourself off the hook. Join our 12-step program. "Hello, my name is Roy. And I'm Disorganized." "Hi, Roy."

In this live chat Clark discussed how you can better organize your writing habits.

You can revisit this link at any time to replay the chat.

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    Roy Peter Clark

    Roy Peter Clark has taught writing at Poynter to students of all ages since 1979. He has served the Institute as its first full-time faculty member, dean, vice-president, and senior scholar.


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