by Rachael Phillips
Over the years, I have discovered that God designs writers with His usual love for diversity. However, when it comes to the organizational aspects of our profession, we fall into two basic groups. With a scratch-my-head bow to our Father (I never will understand why He created people the way He did), and an apology to Jeff Foxworthy, I suggest the following:
You might be a piler if:
· You have an office but never write there because you can’t find your computer.
· Does your office have carpet? You’ve forgotten. Also, whether it has a window.
· You just moved into the house next door because the books you bought have taken over the first one.
· You still haven’t unpacked from the 2006 ACFW conference.
· The number of your undeleted e-mail messages exceeds that of the national debt.
· Your smartphone, having given up on organizing you, has run away from home.
· You still have every story you’ve written since kindergarten. And every story your children have written. And every story your grandchildren have written. Plus all the rough drafts.
Contrariwise, you might be a filer if:
· You can see the top of your desk. No respectable piler would permit such a thing.
· You have programmed morning, noon and night tweets through the year 2021.
· You color-code your rejection letters.
· You actually know where your writing goal list is.
· Every friend of yours on Facebook has been categorized according to relationship, location, hairdo, and Popsicle flavor preference.
· Your idea of a good time is to alphabetize your recycling.
Yes, God knows where your membership belongs. So does your spouse. And your friends.
How about you? Fill in the blank: you might be a filer/piler if you .