Organising Yourself to Write

If you’re going to write, you’ll need to get organised. There are a few simple things you can do that will help you create your own writing environment that works for you.

Firstly, organise your work area. It’s important to get the right environment for writing. You should try and make sure that the desk or seat (or wherever) you use is well organised with the things you’ll need close at hand. If you’re using a desk, make sure it’s not too cluttered as you’ll want to find your scribbles and notes easily when you need them. Some people don’t like their work environment too sterile though: you’ll know what suits you. As some people say; a clean desk is a sign of a sick mind.


Start a cuttings library. Save any interesting newspaper or magazine cuttings that you think may be of use in the future. These might include news stories or articles with details you may want to use for a storyline or plot in the future. Bear in mind that anything can contain things you may want to keep, not just newspapers or magazines. You might find a description of a holiday resort in a brochure, or details of a product or service in your usual junk mail. Inspiration can come from anywhere.

This library will build up quickly, so make sure from the very start that you structure it in a way that allows you to find what you’re looking for later. Spending unproductive time looking for extracts of your writing or cuttings will reduce your productivity. It might be an idea to get a hold of an old filing cabinet or set of drawers that you can use. Old office folders and paper wallets are ideal for this kind of thing.


Thirdly, you should keep a notebook, specifically for your ideas, observations and little bits of text or writing that you jot down when they occur to you. Many people find it helpful to carry a small notebook and pen with them at all times. You never know when inspiration will strike!

Make your notes clear enough that you will know what they are about if you revisit them even months or years later. Don’t rely just on your memory as you’ll find the small details that occurred to you at first fade with time. These may just be the details that you need to give your writing the feel you’re looking for.

Using Pictures to Help You Get Ideas

Taking pictures to help you with your ideas file can be very helpful. Modern mobile or cell phones have cameras built in and are very easy and quick to use. Try taking a few pictures when you see something that you'd like to write about. You'll be amazed how a picture can help to stimulate your creativity for writing.

What about using pictures with your writing?