We’ve established I’m old school. I’m even old school in the way I spell old school (i.e. correctly). Yeah, I’m in my early thirties, but I have an old soul. Call it a byproduct of being around primarily adults my entire life or of being homeschooled before homeschooling was cool.
I’ll never deny my love of living in a technological age. Having the ability to pull up research on everything from the academic path required to be a real estate developer (hey there, Ethan!) to the awards bestowed upon military service members for outstanding bravery in combat (so proud of my Garrett!) is a gift to a writer. And I’ve already expounded on the benefits of social media to writers, so I certainly won’t bore you again.
But there is something special about holding (and smelling!) a physical book. Something incredibly inspiring about writing on lined paper. And something fulfilling about seeing my research printed out, triple hole punched, and filed in color-coordinated binders.
**Side note: The word ‘binder’ makes my heart sing a little**
Yes, these are only a few. Yes, they are filed in a banker’s box. Yes, I chose the binder colors based on something in the story. Don’t judge me!
I know all the cool kids will wax poetic over the ability of Scrivener to keep all my research at my fingertips, but there is something sensory pleasing about grabbing a binder and having every details of my characters’ lives as this real thing I can touch.
So if you don’t use Scrivener, how do you organize your research? And is anyone else as enamored with binders as I am or am I simply an outcast?