Seven sensible steps to success as a writer
Step 4 (continued) Managing the research
It’s one thing to accumulate a vast amount of research. The trick for the writer is to know what to do with it, and how to access the material easily as and when you need it for the next stage of the book.
It may be the former public servant in me, but those who read the first half dozen posts in this series will know I take a rather bureaucratic approach to my filing system. The research papers and photographs I keep in large subject files, divided into reasonably comprehensive and labelled sub-sections.
When it comes to the writing, each chapter has its own folder with copies of the material, photos, drafts and references to use during the............