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: http://www.microsoft.com/atwork/productivity/files.aspx

Organizing your novel using a binder: http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Write-a-Novel—Organizing-Before-You-Write&id=2073983

Technologies particularly helpful for writers:

Online backup and storage:
Dropbox (free): https://www.dropbox.com/

Writing software helps you organize scenes, chapters, characters, outlines, timelines, etc.
Read a great overview in PC Magazine: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2319437,00.asp
Scrivener: http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.html
Page Four (free) http://www.softwareforwriting.com/pagefour.html
YWriter (free)  http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter.html
Liquid Story Binder  http://www.blackobelisksoftware.com/

Organize browser bookmarks:
Delicious (free): http://delicious.com/

Track submissions:
Duotrope (free): http://www.duotrope.com/
Sonar (free): http://www.spacejock.com/Sonar3.html

Track novel queries:
QueryTracker.net (free): http://querytracker.net/

Take notes:
Evernote (free): http://www.evernote.com/

Organize research:
Zotero (free): http://www.zotero.org/
Mendeley (free) good for organizing pdfs: http://www.mendeley.com/

 

Updated June 12, 2011

Photo: Ithaca, NY courtesy of the talented Paul Joran

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