Hot Mess

HOT MESS

My organization project is in full swing and it is a little daunting.  I did not realize how much I love to take notes while doing research.  I do not think it would be so bad if they were better organized and in only one place, but of course they are all over the place.

At least I have them mostly organized in notebooks, albeit several notebooks.  They are still a wicked hot mess though.

So now instead of having a gazillion notebooks that I take with me everywhere, I am going to be using WordPress as my virtual notebook.

Here is my first “Note” entry for my story Vampy:

Note entry for research on Empusa

Because I do not necessarily want just anyone to read my notes (sorry guys) I have edited my publishing settings for these notes to private:

Private Settings

After writing the notes, I made a new category for which specific story this note pertains to, in this case Vampy:

New Category for Vampy

And I make sure to tag it with keywords so I can easily find it later if I need to reference it.  I used any of the keywords I think I might use in the future:

Tags for this specific note

This is all in the infantile stages, I am sure I will tweak it as I use the site more.  I am pretty excited though.  Now I just have a gazillion more entries to make.

The hardest thing I am finding is that by going through my old notes, I get inspired by new ideas and start wanting to do more research.  Right now I am making myself focus on my existing notes so I do not get sidetracked.  Besides, I want to start working on my new young adult project.  After all that was the Compromization I made myself.

I will make sure to post an update in a couple months and let you all know how this new system is working out.

What do all of you use to organize your research and ideas?

Time Vampires

I absolutely love the internet.  It is like having a extensive personal library right under your fingertips.  I love being able to do research on the fly but it can also be very distracting for a procrastinator like me.

My personal internet Time Vampires (websites that take way more of your time than you originally intended) are Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and icanhascheezburger.  Even WordPress is starting to become a time vampire of its own, they are so many great blogs!  I often find myself reading one blog, then another and then suddenly I am finding I have not gotten anything done and it is two hours later.

What do you all do to battle these ruthless time suckers?

I have made a conscious effort to keep off those websites if I am settling in to do some work.  It has been really hard, especially ignoring Facebook but I have gotten better.  I also make sure to set aside some time so I can goof off on the net.  I have found some of the most amazing things by stumbling upon them completely by accident.  These all contribute to feeding my hungry brain and giving me inspiration.  I think it all comes down to something that can basically be applied to anything in life: finding the right balance.

I know for me personally I am at my creative best when I can immerse myself in other creative outlets like photography, art, music, and movies.  History and mythology fascinate me and some of my best ideas have come to me after being inspired by some Greek myth or an obscure Japanese fairy tale.

Letting the writer in me over rule the searcher and knowledge hunter is definitely a daily struggle.  Even if I had all the time in the world, I probably would have this daily fight. Now I just have to perfect my balance of creative inspiration and working on existing projects.

Derailed

Derailed

 

Today did not go as planned, at all. I know it is bound to happen but it is really hard to not let it bother me. I had wanted to work on my organization project but I was late getting home. Now the day is all but gone.

I am trying to stick with my goal of daily writing, so even though I am not working on any specific story I still made a point of keeping my 30 minutes per-day writing goal. That is another great thing about this blog. I am still writing and getting my author gears a-whirling but I do not have to force myself to work on something my heart might not be 100% into at that exact moment.

So what do you all do when something like this happens? Any tips on how my fellow writers or other creatives out there recover when unexpected real life events throw a kink in your writing plans?