I've been getting a ton of questions from other writers and readers about how to organize multiple projects. Part of how I do so is from being so type a. I need things my way, a certain way, or else it drives me insane. But the other half is dedicating time to organize things both physically and in my head.
I use SCRIVENER to write with. There are a few reasons, but one main reason is its organization tools. Pictured to the left this is the home page I've taken from The Last Legacy. You can see the folders that I use for each chapter, the front matter is everything called Untitled Document.
You can also see the different colors in lettering. That happens whenever I make an edit after I've clicked last copy.
On the top header of the page is a bunch of useful tools from new folder to new page, from compile mode to cork board. You can easily change fonts, sizes, orientation, and search your manuscript for words or phrases.
Another aspect of scrivener that I want to highlight is the research, character, and places area. I've screenshoted it and it's to the right.
The character bios are a great tool to keep track of important information on your characters. You can list all of them or only some. I like to put down as much as possible.
The research area is great if you do research for books. You can keep all the information you've found in one folder so it's easy to find and utilize.
The big thing people asked me about was my plethora of folders I keep on me at all times. I know it may be a bit tedious but I love to keep folders, one per project. What I keep in each isn't necessarily the same either. Since I typically only "write" one book at a time, ideas will come for others, or scenes and I don't want to ignore them. So I'll write them down, and stick them in the folder to come back to. All of A Reliant Love and Finding Sam was written by scenes in the folders. And it worked really well.
Inside the folder of Finding Sam (pictured to left) I have the entire novel written by scenes. It's not descriptive, but the story is there. I also have some character notes, and things I HAVE to touch on. In the front I have an outline, where I can make notes and scribble things out, like I've done. Theses folders are supposed to help you, not hinder you. Use them in a way that improves your organization, not makes it worse.
Just to get an idea, here are all of my current folders.
It seems like a lot, bust some may only have a page or two in them, while others have a whole novel. You can see that Finding Sam is jam-packed, but others like Boundless is skinny. It really just depends and you should use your own discretion.
To the left is the folder for Boundless. It's much skinnier than Finding Sam, because I've already written Wingless. I don't have to do research or create a new world. It's all laid out. I know the characters from the first book. So I really only have notes to remind me of what I need to do and so I can look at the outline when I begin writing.
I guess the moral of my story is: use organization as a tool to improve your writing. If you plan on writing/planning more than one book at a time, you really have to keep your thoughts in place. I find that by pulling out the book I'm working on, my mind goes to that book. Not only are your concrete ideas in the right folder, but your brain will follow suit, too.
I hope this helped you guys get a peek into my writing style and how I manage to write so many books.
© Taylor Lavati 2017
What Readers Have to Say...
"An absolutely heart wrenching read that shows us that at times no matter how much we hope, darkness will find its way to win. "
-Blogger's From Down Under for A Reliant Love
"So this book is the ultimate love story. I like how two ordinary people who is so different and still so alike in so many ways can overcome everything together."
-Angelica Berglund for For The Love of Hockey
"I never thought I would read a "zombie book", much less love one. The Last Legacy really surprised me. Even with the whole people-eating-people thing, it was a fantastic book"
-Melannie S for The Last Legacy
"I could not wait to start book two. If this book was as good as book one, then I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. It wasn't as good as book one...it was better. "
-Keely Retchloff for Finding Sam
"The powers, the love, the excitement, the drama kept me so enthralled. If you are looking for a GREAT series about true love and mythology, look no further... I wish I could rate 10 stars! Definitely recommend this whole series to all my book loving friends!"
-The Book Blog for A Curse Books Trilogy
"For the Love of Ash" by Taylor Lavati was a rare 5-star read for me. I honestly find many typical romances rather dull and predictable. This was not the case at all here; there was nothing average about the romance, overall storyline, and the long list of supporting characters."
-Summer's Book Blog for For The Love of Ash
"Wingless isn't what I would normally pick up and read, but thought I'd try it out and I am so glad I did. The characters and "worlds" she creates are done so well that you can actually picture them and feel like you are there right along with the characters."
-JLH for Wingless
For The Love of Hockey | January 2016
The Price of Love | 2017