You know, I think most people are list makers. Some use complex organizers, others notebooks. Some like post-it-notes, and some are more techy types with smart phones, iPads, and laptops. I have a daughter that puts everything into her iTouch. From what to buy at Burger King, to when to switch out laundry, she’s got ’em all.
When writing, I tend to have lists of things in my manuscript. At the end of the current chapter, I’ll have notes like:
Gets in argument with stranger at store
Don’t forget that she has a black eye
Lose the cell phone somewhere
Check when Sally in that other book lived there
Those notes are actually lists of things to do. In a sense, it works as kind of an outline for the book. As I do things, I delete them. I love deleting. It feels great. It’s the electronic form of striking stuff off a list. I remember thinking that it wasn’t quite as satisfying because you don’t have that list of completed items, but then I laughed at myself. I mean, really. I have AN ENTIRE BOOK as proof that I completed a LOT of things!
Several times I have made a list of all the books I have in progress. I thought about doing that again for this post, but I really don’t think I can handle it right now. You see, it’s a LOT of books. The last time I did it (and I’ve added at least thirty books to it since then) it was over a hundred. I scare me. However, I now have a plan for getting things done. I’m actually pretty excited about it.
So, do you have lists of all your intended projects? Do you ever finish them? 😉
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