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Tip Tuesday #67

Hey everyone! I have another great tip from Lisa Nowak today (she has so many great ones!). Please give this a read and then stop by her blog for a little Christmas cheer. You don't want to miss Lisa singing God Rest Ye Merry Gentlecats. : ) Really, go be amused.
Backing up Emails

I'm too lazy to keep a journal, but I do have people I email regularly, sharing what I've been up to. With my writing friends, I often brainstorm book ideas in these emails. Several years ago I realized they were a valuable resource, so I started archiving them. Each month I save them to Word, creating a document with a name that makes it easy to find later. (ex: Aug 2010) I save the emails I receive in separate documents from the ones I send. By backing things up this way, it's easy to find things later by doing a word search. If I know, for example, that I discussed ideas for a particular character last summer, I open the appropriate document and do a search for that character's name.

While this is useful for archiving story ideas, it's also a nice substitute for a journal. Sometimes it's fun to take a trip down memory lane to see what was so important to you a year or two ago.
Great tip, Lisa! I archive a lot of the e-mails I receive but hadn't considered backing up the important ones I send. I bet it's really neat reading through those old thoughts and feelings.

8 comments:

  1. Cool idea! I am so not organized enough to do that. I always end up just doing searches through my gmail.

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  2. GREAT idea!

    Happy Holidays, and thanks for running such an awesome blog, Casey. I read it often, and don't comment enough. Really appreciate the info you pass on to the rest of us.

    EJW

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  3. I don't get as many useful emails, but I sometimes email myself attachments of word docs I want to keep that way it's backed up on google's server too.

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  4. Great idea. I also save some of the e-mails in a special folder in my e-mails. But putting it in a word document with the subject listed might be more helpful.

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  5. great idea... that would take organisational discipline...

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  6. Thanks for posting my tip, Casey!

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  7. I, too, use the folders option but creating an actual Word doc would give me something easier to access long-term. Great tip--thanks for sharing!

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