Read Sean Kirst's column today, and I can identify so much with him. I'm a retired writer who has a copy of everything I have ever written. My only way I can file is by making a scrapbook. Before we retired from Key West I had a music store and my desk was piled high too. I'm not sure if we can afford to hire you, but if you were to start writing a how-to column, I would be a faithful reader. I'm sure I'm undiagonsed ADD and have never known how to file my writing? I clip much out of papers and magazines, thinking I may need the information for an article I might write someday. Example: If I have an article about trees being good for environment, do I file it under trees, or the city that's doing the program, or if its about watershed reduction, does it go there?? My husband's answer to cleaning off my desk is to put everything in a box but now my half of the office room is surrounded with boxes stuffed full and I still have a packed desk and I'm enable to really complete any work because of the mess.
Hi June,It sounds like your situation parallels Sean's in many ways. While working with him, we set up a filing system that made sense to him and was easy enough to maintain. Scrapbooking is a great idea for showcasing articles that you have written. My only advice it that you have a simple filing system for interim items that you plan to use in a scrapbook but haven't gotten to yet. As for clippings that you find to inspire you for future writings, you should keep some folders for those too. The simplest system that comes to mind is to call a folder "Writing Ideas" (or something that makes sense to you) and date the folder with the current year. At the start of the next year go through that folder and purge ideas that are no longer inspirational to you (you'll be surprised how many don't apply or are no longer of interest to you after a year). Then relabel the folder with the current year again and repeat. Keeping these things in one folder also forces you to do two things: 1) keep clippings to somewhat of a minimum so as not to overwhelm the folder and 2) revisit what is in the folder often because you have to access it often to file away ideas. Anyway, I'd like to talk to you briefly to get a better idea of what your situation is and how I might be able to help. During that call I'll go over my fees and packages. If you do decide to use my services, I have some good news. I am offering 10% off to those who found the article featuring Put it Simply Organizing in The Post Standard. Give me a call (315-256-8746) at your convenience and we can discuss how I can help you. Thanks again for your interest. I look forward to speaking with you.