The Geek Writer: Using Technology to Plan Your Novel

The Geek Writer: Using Technology to Plan Your Novel

If you’re old enough, you remember the days of pen and paper writing, or dragging out the typewriter or word processor to write your novel. Planning your novel typically involved a notebook (or ten) to outline your plot, structure, list of characters, list of places, and timelines. If those notebooks were lost, stolen, or worse, destroyed, all that original work was gone. Wiped out. Never to be seen again. Luckily for all of us, with the advent of technology, we have one less headache when planning a novel and can avoid devastation should the worst happen. The savvy geek writer knows to use the wonderful world of the internet to plan out their novels.

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Writing App Reviews… Scrivener

Writing App Reviews… Scrivener

As a writer, I’d heard about Scrivener from many of my peers, but for whatever reason (pure obstinance, probably), I stuck with my old word processing program. It wasn’t until about a year ago that I finally acquiesced and purchased Scrivener. I haven’t looked back! If you’ve ever set up a binder to try to organize the various plans and ideas for your novel—or even just articles—you probably had sections to hold your character sketches, setting ideas, plot outline, and research. You may have had separate sections to contain each of your scenes and chapters. You might even have had a section that contained nothing but pictures clipped from magazines that sparked your imagination.

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Why Every Confident but Struggling Writer Needs a Blog

Why Every Confident but Struggling Writer Needs a Blog

Considering how easy it is to start blogging, no aspiring writer should be without one. Below, I have listed the four key reasons why you need to set up your own blog asap, and then I have thrown in four important tips that will actually help you get started.

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Writing App Reviews…Ulysses

Writing App Reviews…Ulysses

We know that ProWritingAid users like a bit of writing technology, so this month we begin a new series that looks at some of the best writing platforms out there. With so many options, and more being developed every day, how do you know which one is right for you.  We sent one of our favourite freelancers, Kathy Edens, out to give them all a test run and report back.  This month, she looks at Ulysses. Scrivener, ILYS and The Novel Factory will also be reviewed over the next couple months. 

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7 Powerful Tools to Break Through Writer's Block

7 Powerful Tools to Break Through Writer's Block

There are two common causes of writer’s block: no ideas, and too many ideas. When you have no idea of what to write about, your mind is literally a blank page. It is like a car with no gas; it can’t get started. On the other hand, when you have too many ideas, your mind locks like a flooded carburetor, and you have to clear it to get going.

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Ten Top Tools for Bloggers – Save Time, Stay Organized, and Create Content that Rocks

Ten Top Tools for Bloggers – Save Time, Stay Organized, and Create Content that Rocks

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Planning Your Writing for 2016

Planning Your Writing for 2016

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The Debate: How Prolific Should You Be in 2016?

The Debate: How Prolific Should You Be in 2016?

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6 Best Editorial Tools for Writers & Editors

6 Best Editorial Tools for Writers & Editors

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How your personal blog can generate income through the ProWritingAid affiliate program

How your personal blog can generate income through the ProWritingAid affiliate program

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Our Blunders, Your Gain. What the team at Our Write Side wish they had known about blogging before they began.

Our Blunders, Your Gain. What the team at Our Write Side wish they had known about blogging before they began.

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Why and How Writers Should Protect Themselves Online

Why and How Writers Should Protect Themselves Online

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5 Tricks for Writing Fast Without Losing Quality

5 Tricks for Writing Fast Without Losing Quality

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Build Your Brand. 5 Reasons Every Writer Needs an Online Media Kit

Build Your Brand. 5 Reasons Every Writer Needs an Online Media Kit

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3 last-minute ProWritingAid fixes that will make a huge difference in a short time.

3 last-minute ProWritingAid fixes that will make a huge difference in a short time.

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