Me and my co-writer reached a point in our novel where we needed organization badly. It was important to see what we had so far and map out where we're going. We spent about three hours putting together bits of the book that we had in multiple documents (there's no time for organization when inspiration strikes). Simply seeing the manuscript in linear form made us feel more connected to the work and excited about its potential.
Then, we moved on to write chapter titles. Seems like a small part of writing, right? Not for us. Chapter titles helped us summarize what happened in each chapter, creating an outline for the story that helped us plan for the rest of it. Now, we know what we have and where we're going. Writing a chapter title also showed us very quickly if a chapter didn't have enough in it to qualify as a chapter (or if it's just too long).
We had a great time piecing together the manuscript. We're now more pumped than ever to move on with our writing.
"Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence."