|5 tools to organize your writing life|
(image: "Calendar Series 4" by Maxime Perron Caissy)
The focus for this week's Online Finds is great tools for organizing your writing life. The five resources listed here are all easy to use, and, best of all, free to use. Enjoy!
Google Docs provide a great way to keep track of your projects and ideas in a place you can trust not to crash if the rest of your computer fails you! The great thing about Google Docs is that you can sync it across multiple computers, and have access to your files everywhere you go. The other great thing about it is the ability to quickly and easily collaborate with writing peers; whether you’re developing a team strategy or roping friends into helping you edit your new novel, Google Docs makes it easy to get multiple perspectives gathered under one roof. Along with the Document tool, Google also offers Google Calendar. Through Google Calendar you can quickly and easily put together multiple aspects of your life. Whether you need to develop your own writing schedule or keep track of your kids’ summer activities, Google Calendar makes it easy to stay on top of all your obligations.
In a word, Remember the Milk is awesome. It’s a calendar. It’s your to-do list. It’s a fast and easy way to send yourself reminders of upcoming tasks and obligations. And with the ability to synch with your Google Calendar, it’s basically as close to a free personal assistant as a lot of us will ever get!
Where Remember the Milk is awesome, Bubbl.us is just plain fun. Bubbl.us is a free online tool that lets you color code your creative thoughts and processes. Great for brainstorming, charting, and generally organizing your life and ideas, it’s a great tool for any novelists who need to organize the plot, or any writer who wants to organize a book. And if any of you are like me, the fact that it’s color coded is just one more motivational factor to use this great resource.
If you’re a writer who wants to get published, Duotrope is the place to be! It’s a free resource that not only tells you about all the best journals, presses, anthologies, and so forth looking for your work, but also helps you keep track of your submissions with a free online submission tracker. The submission tracker also gives you a general idea of how long the places you submit to take to respond, so when the time comes you know exactly how long to wait before sending an inquiry about your submissions!
This is the only resource you have to download on this list … but it’s totally worth it. Storybook is a free Open Source program that allows you to organize your novel, or any written work. The software includes tools to manage chapters, scenes, characters, locations, and more. If you’re like me, and like to create character profiles before launching into the writing of your novel, Storybook not only lets you do that, but also makes sure you can easily reference those profiles as you write. You can easily create outlines or note pages for each chapter or section of a book and move them around as you need to. It’s a fabulous tool for when you have a big writing project with multiple elements you desperately need to organize and keep in one place.
Check these great resources out, and as always … ENJOY!
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