Tips and technologies for working writers

Tips and practices for efficient writing that don’t involve software:

Naming & organizing documents and folders so you can find them:

Organizing your novel using a binder:—Organizing-Before-You-Write&id=2073983

Technologies particularly helpful for writers:

Online backup and storage:
Dropbox (free):

Writing software helps you organize scenes, chapters, characters, outlines, timelines, etc.
Read a great overview in PC Magazine:,2817,2319437,00.asp
Page Four (free)
YWriter (free)
Liquid Story Binder

Organize browser bookmarks:
Delicious (free):

Track submissions:
Duotrope (free):
Sonar (free):

Track novel queries: (free):

Take notes:
Evernote (free):

Organize research:
Zotero (free):
Mendeley (free) good for organizing pdfs:


Updated June 12, 2011

Photo: Ithaca, NY courtesy of the talented Paul Joran

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