5 Easy Steps to Organize Your Revision Notes with Trello

Are your revision notes a mess? If you're like me, you might have revision notes from multiple sources - editors, writing groups, beta readers - and for different projects and different phases of a project. There are papers everywhere and oh, who made that comment and what chapter was that from?

Enter Trello.com! I've been using Trello for a number of years for various project management tasks. It's a great online tool to keep track of writing goals, and promotional and presentation to-do lists. But I recently discovered it's also an excellent tool for organizing revision notes.

And it's FREE!

Here is how I use Trello to organize manuscript feedback:

1) With Trello, you can create different boards for different projects. For example, I have a board for each of my picture books and novels in progress. I have a board for general writing tasks and also one for SCBWI (the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) to keep track of tasks I'm doing for them as my region's Assistant Regional Advisor.

My Trello Boards
My Trello Boards

2) For each board, I can create Lists. These are the horizontal categories. I have lists for Character Development, Setting, Plot Structure, Dialogue. When I see comments and feedback about certain aspects of my writing project, I'll put them in the appropriate categories so I can get a quick overview of things I need to tackle.

Trello Cards - horizontal categories
Trello Lists - horizontal categories; add Cards (revision comments/notes) under each List

3) Under each List, I add Cards. These will be the actual comments from feedback I've received. Each feedback gets its own Card. I always include the Chapter and page number so I can find that section easily on my manuscript.

4) What I love about Trello is that I can also assign Labels for each Card or comment. Each Label has a different color. For my purpose, a Label is assigned to each person who provided feedback. To add or change a label, you hover on a card and click on the pencil icon in the top right corner, then go to "Edit Labels". Assigning color labels to a Card helps me keep track of who said what. I can also add more than one Label to a Card. This allows me to see at a glance that two or more people gave similar feedback, which is a good indicator that it's a section of my manuscript that needs revising.

Assign labels (ie. readers/critiquers) to your revision notes
Assign labels (ie. readers/critiquers) to your revision notes

5) I can also assign due dates if I have a deadline. Again, clicking on the pencil icon in the card and going to "Change Due Date" will take me to the calendar page. I can also set reminders for myself.

Calendar image Assign due dates and reminders
Assign due dates and reminders

And there you have it! 5 easy steps to stay on top of your revisions.

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