There are plenty of articles out there telling you how to start writing your own book. It doesn’t matter what genre of book you’re writing, there’s always advice to be had on how to start it or finish it or publish it or market it. However, there aren’t a lot of cautionary tales that make … Continue reading Five Things to NOT Do if You Want to Write a Book
There are tons of tried and true methods for authors and writers, whether it’s on a paper pad, typewriter, or Apple or PC. However, most writers are accepting that the computer is the way of the future, and are moving their methods to the digital realm. There are so many platforms that allow a writer to enhance their craft, and so many ways to research and develop a story or document. In fact, there are so many options that it can be overwhelming at times. Luckily, we’ve taken the guesswork out of writing software, and compiled a list of the four best choices right here.
- Microsoft Word
While it may be an oldie, it’s still a goodie. In fact, it just keeps getting better. If you’re looking for a basic text edit and document software, Word is the way to go. It does quite a few more complex things, including merging documents and formatting for print. It’s even got a mobile app now that can save documents into the Cloud so you don’t have to worry about a hard drive crash. If you’re interested, there are plenty of online tutorials to take your Word game up a notch. Word also has a lot of great templates that allow you to outline your story before writing it in novel form.
If you’ve ever used Photoshop for your pictures, Scrivener is like the Photoshop of writing. It lets you essentially organize characters, plot lines, and complex script templates in its software, and many writers credit Scrivener with their ability to finish a novel so quickly. It’s not free, but it is fairly affordable (about $40/year), and has many options for subscription that can be more or less. Users say that the templates and graphics are incredibly helpful, and it’s the closest thing to pen and paper and a pin board you can get without having the real thing.
- Google Drive/Google Docs
Google is good at everything, including document software. Using Google Docs is much like using Word, except there are fewer functions online and on the mobile app. What’s so great about Google Drive and Google Docs is that you can save the document and share it with others who can edit it in real time and you can see what they’ve changed, added, or commented on. This is useful in an office setting, but also helps when writing a novel as your editor can provide you with instant feedback. The best part? It’s free!
You may have heard about Evernote – it’s sort of the Holy Grail for productivity. The best thing about Evernote in terms of writing is its ability to “clip” information from the Web, books, and sources that you need to review later when writing. You can also have “notebooks” that allow you to save notes, documents, photos, etc. that can all come in handy when piecing your book together. Evernote has a basic edition that is free, and increases from there. Try it out and see if you like it.
While many writers think that writer’s block is just something they have to deal with, there are also many writers who have a specific system in place to prevent it. Sure, everyone hits a wall at times, or other things in life may get in the way of writing your book, but there are a … Continue reading Writer’s Block is Real: What to do to Prevent It