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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wednesday Spotlight: Kaily Hart

  I’ve got a spreadsheet for that…

Before becoming an author, I was in IT. I was a business owner and part of a corporate management team. Organization was probably one of my greatest strengthsthat and an attention to detail. I’m quite analytical. I like everything laid out in a structured fashion and have used spreadsheets for everything and anything for as long as I can remember. I use them for purposes you’d probably guess attracking expenses, etc., but I also use them for keeping track of a lot of other things.

I have a spreadsheet to track my submissions. I have a spreadsheet that contains a summary of every book I’ve ever read (well since 2002) sorted by author and release date and I track my kid’s holiday gifts on spreadsheets every year. I also use spreadsheets for my writing. Of course, right?

I’ve developed what I call the ‘character map’ which is how I create character profiles for my books. It lists details about my hero and heroine that typically never make it into the actual book, but allows me to learn who they really are. I also have one for plotting and outlining, tracking not what’s happening in each chapter, but how the characters are developing and what they’re revealing. 

Really, I could probably come up with a spreadsheet for just about anything. It’s a source of amusement for my family. Hey, I’m always happy to give them some light relief, you know and I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before I come up with another use for a spreadsheet.

So…how do YOU keep yourself organized? Are you a spreadsheet freak like me or do you have other methods?


Janet H said...

Hi Kaily,
Yes, I love a spreadsheet. You can keep just about anything in one.

Rula Sinara said...

Wow!For every book you've read? :)

I'm impressed. I do have one for my submissions, and I can see how they can be addictive. I can't say that I'm a spreadsheet girl though. I do the equivalent, but on paper. Yes, behind the times, I know. I have a feeling that the more books I write, the more important it'll be to have one, otherwise the characters and their characteristics, names etc...will get jumbled.

Anonymous said...

You are super-organized! I'm a little bit jealous, as I'm an old-fashioned list maker. I do have my grocery list on a spreadsheet, though. Impressive, huh?

Kaily Hart said...

Janet, I'm sure I'll be inventing some other uses for spreadsheets in the new year!

Rule, yep all my reading history is out there. Pity goodreads wasn't around back then, but I'm not sure I want everyone to know everything I read. At Romanticon there was a session on world building. An author had a binder at least 4 inches thick. All on paper! That's impressive!

Mickoo, OK that's impressive as well. I don't do grocery, so that part is also impressive :)

cheryl c said...

I use lots of lists and a daily planner. I am lost without them!

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