When writing on the computer and you realize something doesn’t work, you copy it and paste it into another document, save it, and go on. When you’re handwriting the project and figure out a scene is not working or it’s out of order, you remove the pages with some notations (I usually use red ink for notes, etc.) and put them somewhere safe. For a while these pages went into the back of the story binder. As the number grew they made it into a box with some research material and notes. I couldn’t find anything in the box when I needed to look up something. Can you see the problems that could happen? So, to solve the problem I found a three inch binder on sale at Amazon and began putting the pages and notes inside.
Today while working, I needed to check to see how something was described previously. When I opened the notes binder I was actually shocked by two things: 1) There weren’t as many pages as I imagined there were; and 2) finding what I was looking for was exceptionally easy. This got me wondering what other writers, who wrote by hand, used or did to organize their pages? Not every manuscript was a perfect one shot deal. There were marks in the margins and marked through words, etc. What other tricks and tips did they use?
Writing this fantasy by hand is a wonderful learning experience. Every day seems to bring up, out something new. Plus, I also learn something about myself as a writer. Today I learned I consider a good day of writing as having added 20 to 40 pages to the story. Seeing the pages build up and the story unfold is magical. Besides this, there is time for me to look back over the story and harvest a wonderful plot tidbit I can use. In fact, one major plot point jumped out at me and gave me a wonderful segway point for book two. It also permits me to answer a couple of questions and ask more. It made me giggle with glee when I saw how it could be done.
It is time to go to bed. I just needed to share this wonderful realization.