On the floor in a corner of my office, a white cardboard box sits in a somewhat crumpled heap. Its lid is missing. Out of its shadowy depths rises a foot-high stack of papers, spilling a couple of sheets slightly over the edge.
The box has sat there for weeks now, without my so much as touching it. Of course, I look at it all the time. Each time I do, a surge of guilt passes through me. If this box were a person, it would be looking at me forlornly as I type this on the computer. It would murmur, ďPlease organize me.Ē
The box is my hastily constructed Frankenstein monster of an organizational system. It evolved during my weekend of Big Processing, put together from bits and pieces of other haphazardly designed systems that never really worked.
My stack of creative writing includes a number of poems, ten-minute plays, screenplay scenes and ideas, screenplays themselves, sketches, short stories, observations, notes, treatments, outlines, etc. -- you name it. I hadnít really developed a system to store the material that Iíve accumulated over the years, and that hasnít changed.
I feel bad for the box.
Basically, Iím having trouble with figuring out how best to organize this writing, and would much appreciate any ideas for a good system or product that is well-suited for organizing thick stacks of categorizable material in an easily accessible format.
Normally, Iíd just sort the writing by category into file folders, but thereís too much of each category. For instance, my sheaf of disconnected screenplay scenes is probably three inches thick. Ditto on the stories. I donít really feel much of a need to alphabetize this writing, but Iíd like to have them readily available if I wanted to pick them out.
I was thinking somewhat of those Bisley file cabinets they sell at The Container Store, but Iíve seen them in person and theyíre a bit flimsy (and a bit expensive for the flimsy side).
If youíve encountered this problem before (with creative writing or any other type of paper-based mementos that youíd like to keep), Iím grateful for your ideas.