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beefox asked:

how do organise your world building? bee not very good at organization but trying to be better!

Oof I don't actually know if I'm any good at it xD I just use what works for me, personally, with my large-scale project. Things usually get messier the more I work and I need to keep cleaning them up and putting them back in order as I go.

But I guess the short answer is "Categories, sub-categories, templates, and a to-do list with important things in bold."

Throwing the longer answer under a read more to be polite to the dashboard,

You can actually see a lot of my world building on the website I use to host things publically HERE. I tend to actually use the website more than I use my desktop files for it because it has images and is laid out more visual than just plain text documents. You're welcome to click around without actually reading anything to see how I organise things! And also welcome to mimic the layouts or make templates from my stuff if there's anything that you think is useful/helpful. There is NSFW content on the site though (both written and drawn) so I'd be wary if you don't like seeing that sort of thing.

IMO, the navigation bar is the most important part of my website because it breaks everything down into categories that I find easy to navigate through.

The interactive medium of the website makes it REALLY easy for me to click around and find information and make small edits to my world building. I also make sure to keep keywords as consistent as possible so I can ctrl+f anything I'm looking for.

My desktop files are laid out in a similar way in a program called Scrivener. There are also some alternative programs (more) but out of all the ones I tried I found Scrivener worked best for me because it's also on iPhone as well and sync files to the desktop, and I'm always moving from place to place so having a way to edit on the move is an essential thing for me. The program itself is not really essential, just helpful for keeping things from getting lost in folders on the desktop, which used to happen a lot to me because I used a shared computer growing up and had to keep everything on several 4GB USBs, which all got full pretty fast. Would not recommend that method ;(

Here's a screenshot of my binder in Scrivener, though I need to reorganise a few things because I rearranged them on the website and didn't edit the binder to match.

The closed folders have a lot of text documents inside them, each one for something that fits the category. Things that are unfinished are marked with "WIP" so I don't forget and miss them when looking for something to edit.

The "NOTES" file is essential to me. Any thoughts for new lore or things I need to edit gets put into the notes file, so I can come back to it later when I have time to write and put it where it needs to be. I also use it to note if I've changed something (EG, an event date) and need to double check other pages for inconsistencies.

Everything also has at least 2 drafts. The first draft is SO incredibly messy because only I have to understand it. It's usually fragmented notes that I've scrambled together under subheadings and am too embarrassed to show to people. The second draft is organising that information and making it readable and clear (not necessarily good, though). Then I move on to making the information enjoyable to read, though I only do the last part because I'm posting my work publicly. If you're keeping things private it'll save a LOT of time and effort to just keep it clear and readable.

For templates, I use them for pages that I know need to be longer. For something like pages about animal species I may just have something like "Where are they from + variations + dangerous or pet?" as a note so I can add important information. For longer things like sapient species I use something more like this one:

The coding is prefilled for the website layout, so things stay consistant :)

I also have spreadsheets for things such as language. Lots of people make viable colangs that could actually be learnt and spoken but, I have enough trouble with English sometimes and don't stress about making things a real language. My spreadsheets are more like "cheat sheets" that I use for quick reference to keep things consistant. This one is messy but it's the one I had on-hand:

And uhhh that's,, pretty much it for all I can think of of how I organise my world building!

I also use for character organisation and know they have a few features for world building, but I don't use those features myself.