The thought struck me when I had a friend over last week. She wanted to see some of what I had been working on, and as I browsed my folders where I store my work, she asked the question. What she asked what somewhat along the lines of. "Wow, that is a strange way of organizing your work. Why do you do it that way?" I had never really thought about it before. On my hard drive, I have a folder dedicated to writing, which I guess is fair. Within, I have split it into folders for my novel, the short story contest on this forum, and other stuff like lyrics, poetry and a catergory I have named "other". Nothing wrong with this. What struck her as odd though, was the way I organized my own novel. In my novel, I have three different characters. I have a folder for each of them, and within those folders, I have a separate text document for each chapter with that character. The chapters are named with a name and a number (John (1), John (2), etc), so I can sort them chronologically later. Within my main folder, I have a folder named Research, and within that, I have subfolders depending on what I research (horses, weapons, physics, etc etc) In addition to this, I have an excel spreadsheet where I keep a list of all my chapters so I know in what order my chapters will be in the final story. (John 1, Lisa 2, John 2, Mike 1, etc) So that got me thinking. How do you organize your work when you write? Do you just keep one large chunk of text in a single file? Do you split it into chapters? Do you use some kind of software to keep track?