Hi, I’m on a roll today! So I am currently writing a “fantasy” novel, so far called, Phat Earth, Not Fat Earth. I’m on chapter 8. Short synopsis: It’s about a woman who struggles with her weight. She fights her demons or struggles both in our real world and in an alternate universe where she must confront evil.
I am the type of writer who doesn’t like to write outlines. I write many, many drafts instead. However, a novel, I have come to terms, that I need to keep better track of my characters, setting, plot, and or timeline–among many others part of the novel that are necessary. I like to have everything in my computer. But I make sure to have copies everywhere in case something goes wrong.
I feel writing everything down by hand takes soooooooo much time. Plus, it bores me. I only like to write down ideas, short free verse, or lyrics (I mainly write these for my own fun, and I don’t really share these). Since I hate writing by hand, plus I’d most likely lose my journal/notebook, I decided to use OneNote, and thus far, I love it! I posted a screenshot below so you can take a look at how it helps me organize my book. Why I like it:
- I can copy & paste any text on it (it pastes w/the current date too).
- I can paste a link, then click on it so it can direct me right to it.
- I can create Main heading, subheadings
- I can share any documents with someone else.
- I can email it to myself.
- It automatically colors all my headings.
- It saves on its own. You have to keep saving.
Well, it can do so much more. It sounds like I’m advertising this (Lol!). But I am simply sharing ways you can keep track of your novel. If you have any ideas or suggestions for me, please let me know. I welcome feedback and what not. Have a great weekend!