Planning for a topical writing project

For some types of writing you can do just about anywhere, others are more appropriate to do while you’re at that place or participating in the experience.  You could probably call the whole activity research but it’s more than that, it’s doing the actual writing while there, capturing it, and pretty much done with it outside of editing by the time you leave.

Here are some basic things to have or plan for ahead of time:

  • Tiny Notepad/Pens: About 3×6 inches or so, which you can easily put in a jacket pocket with a pen, have quickly available for any ideas or observations you experience.  Probably bring along a half dozen notepads and pens as their cheap and good to have for backup.
  • Larger Notepad: For larger ideas to get down, such as when traveling on a train, taking a break at a café, or needing to write out something larger when you don’t have any batteries or power connection for your computer.  Probably bring two to three depending on your environment.
  • Day Time Electronics?: You can but probably not.  Besides the issues of batteries and outdoor readiness, compared to your own hand writing it’s too slow.  This being that you don’t have a regular keyboard to work with when traveling or participating in the activity.  Probably best not to worry about it and carry a notepad instead.  You could say a recording device to simply tell it your ideas, but that depends if appropriate with the people you’re with, where you’re trying to be more of an observer, not the center of attraction or disrupting anything.
  • Computer: Whether a tablet, laptop or desktop, where you’ll probably spend either the late evenings or early mornings doing your actual writing.  Such as immediately after the activity or before the new day begins.  This could be simply 1 to 2 hours a day but after a few weeks adding up to 40,000 to 60,000 words, potentially enough to be done with the project and some later editing.
  • Camera/Painting Supplies/Graphics: This can be for the book cover as well as any other photos or graphics that are appropriate for the book.

If connected to the web, you can use one of your Odysen networks to upload and store backups or drafts you’re completing.  You can add one main folder for the project, with sub-folders for different chapters or aspects of it.

Learn more about how writers can use Odysen, including application examples and other relevant blog articles.