Okay, I watched too much “Blue’s Clues” with my daughter when she was a toddler and use the phrase, “handy dandy notebook.” Can’t help myself. Well, while perusing my handy dandy notebooks and books about writing, I have been using a bunch of those little flag post its to mark important or interesting things.
I am almost done with the library’s copy of the 2010 Writer’s Market book. Love the book, but will have to wait to own a copy when budget will allow. The past few days, I wrote down information for the magazines from the pages I had flagged as possibilities for places to submit articles. I didn’t write down everything. Just wrote down things like title, web address, type of writing accepted, word limits, and if accepted poems.
Things do change with time though. I went to some of the websites and some magazines are no longer accepting submissions or no longer pay for submissions. I’m updating the list as I go, noting changes, and have gone online to print submission guidelines for some magazines I am really interested in submitting to in the near future.
In the notebooks I flagged interesting tidbits as well as things I had written, but had not typed into the computer yet. I’m a little guilty of writing things randomly through my notebooks such as a website link in the margin if I run across an interesting one. So another project I have done the past few days is try to transfer a lot of the information from my notebooks into the computer in a more organized manner. I have a form I’m filling out for article writing ideas, a list of writing contests, and another list for helpful websites. The system I use is after I type the information from a page I flagged, then I remove the flag. Hopefully, eventually the notebook will be flag free.
I have still been writing this week, but not really submitted much of anything. It’s okay though, because I feel the time I am spending on getting somewhat organized will pay off in the long run. If nothing else, but a little sanity.
I’ll leave you with a link. I’ve played around with a few different free organizers and found one I like. It is HiTask at hitask.com. It is free, has a calendar, and I can do a to do list for each different project I have I am working on.
- Get Organized, Stay Organized! (writingthroughmyeyes.wordpress.com)
- A tool for organizing your brain (lovelylifestillstanding.wordpress.com)