I am posting this here in case someone else can share ideas about some of the things that are troubling me about organization and writing.
By organization I am referring to external structure rather than organizing my writing specifically. I have an extreme amount of difficulty with sequencing and memory. This is from several head injuries I received years ago in the service. I have to relearn a systematic approach to the things I am working on an then, learn how to follow the approach.
I was just introduced to a new idea called “stop notes” where you put a sticky note on your written page saying what you were thinking and also what you are thinking of doing next in the idea. I am also working hard at creating and maintaining a key file with tags that tell me what each tag is doing and why and where I would want to use it. There may be other ideas that I am open to hearing about.
I write new thoughts more quickly in a journal that is almost always with me, but I do most of my work on the Mac. I have been using programs that are good at finding things using tags, HoudahSpot, and Leap. I have a license for DevonThink although it has felt too complex to use for some time, I am trying it out again. I recently got a license for NeoFinder but I may have done that too soon, as NeoFinder does not appear to be very good at rendering text previews which I find to be a deal breaker.
I tried building my own database app once long ago. My hope was to have a single app where I could work on a project from start to finish, keep stop notes in, and stay focused on my book. I finally gave up as it was taking way to much time and focus to learn the database structure.
I am wondering, if such an app exists? At least I am currently tracking the project I am now working on. But keeping track of other projects, forget it. Setting realistic goals means leaving crisis management to not forget where I am in case I have to take a break and come back to it (happens all the time of course).
I guess what I am looking for is some sort of writers management and goal keeping tool. Has anyone heard of any such animal or, has anyone else had to tame this beast besides me?
And, full disclosure, I have had a license for Scrivener now for several years. I have used it when I was trying to track everything until it got out of hand due to my own thinking processes. That really wasn’t the best use of Scrivener. I am using TaskPaper for my writing as it helps me put together ideas and sort and combine them very easily. I am also using Nisus, a Word Processor for drafts I am sharing with others. I know that Scrivener can do a lot, that is why I have kept up its license over the years. Perhaps there is a way to do some of what I am asking if I start learning to use Scrivener for my writing. I am open to that conversation as well.