A critical piece to organizing any story project (or any thing for that matter) is a well thought out system. I’ve worked for years on an organizing system for my life and I think it is getting pretty good. But I can’t say the same for how I’ve organized my story projects. They aren’t terrible but they have lots of room for improvement.
So today I started doing some searching for ideas. I came across one that I’d like to try on Genealogy Tools via Organize Your Family History. The instructions are for the Mac. I don’t use a Mac but the principles are the same. One main difference is that instead of “alias” on a Mac in Windows it is called a “shortcut”. The concept of an alias or a shortcut is a great one that I’m really going to start using. Here is Ben Sayer’s series of short videos with very clear step by step instructions on setting up folders on your computer:
You’ll need places to put archival copies of scanned documents, photos, and other files on your computer. This series of video screencasts will walk you, step-by-step, through setting up a folder system and putting files into it. They’re created on a Mac and take advantage of the powerful alias feature in Mac OS X, but most of the system will work well on Windows too.
What do you think? What kind of file organizing systems have you tried?