Or, how’s this for an anti-theft device?
I’m not a particularly organized person. I can be if I have to, but it takes more effort than I’m usually willing to expend at any given time. And I used to have an amazing visual memory, so I merely had to think about an item to remember where it was located. It’s not as good nowadays, but accurate enough to get by. I save everything, just in case, but I don’t always label things in detail. And having borked a couple of computers over the years, the salvaged files don’t always get placed in the right new home, because I’m so happy to see them again that I don’t take the time to sort through them. Also, I’m new enough to writing that my system has developed over the last few years, so what seemed logical when I began publishing five years ago, isn’t logical anymore. And in the case of the time travel story- the current WIP- I fought it so hard at first, that I just dumped everything in one folder for the first hundred thousand words or so, with no regard for organization.
The result is that my files are… eclectic. They usually have the story title somewhere in the file name, and ‘notes’ or ‘deleted scenes’ are labeled as such. Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess. If the scene is from an odd POV, I often note that, and the final draft is also noted. I don’t usually use a numbering system like ‘version 1.0’ or the like, because my brain won’t associate the number with the contents.
One of my weirder filing quirks is that all of my ‘working files’- the documents I actually write in- are one file type, and all of my backups are a different file type. This way, I can tell at a glance which one is open, and I don’t accidentally add something to one file but not the backup, or vice versa. I said it was eclectic.
Someday, in my copious spare time, I’ll organize everything. Or more likely- because I know myself- I’ll start organizing, get frustrated at my lack of progress, and find something else to do, leaving the files half-sorted. Oh, well.
What’s your filing system look like? Has it changed over time? Those of you who work in multiple media, do you have separate systems for each medium?