One of the biggest challenges my students face is getting — and staying — organized. Me too. So if you want to write faster and better, here are three apps which will help with that.
All three are Web apps, so it doesn’t matter what computer system you’re using. You can even use them on your phone and tablet.
I use Trello and Evernote; I’d be totally disorganized without them. I’ve heard good things about 750 Words, which helps you to write every day. If a daily writing stint is a challenge for you, that app will help. Daily writing isn’t a challenge for me — stopping myself from writing would be. 🙂
Trello: pin it up
Trello has long been one of my favorite apps. I love it because it’s visual, and because the app makes it simple to collaborate with others.
The app’s free to use, and it works something like a bulletin board. I use it for plotting novels, planning blog editorial calendars, and simple reminders. You can create as many boards as you like, and as many lists. The search function works well, so you don’t need to hunt for the card you want.
Do try it, as we’ve said, it’s free, and it truly makes it simple to organize your writing projects.
Evernote: everything, everywhere
I’ve been using Evernote since 2009. I don’t know how I’d survive without it. Everything that’s important to me lives in Evernote, because Evernote lives in the cloud. That’s saved me when a hard drive failed; I just kept on writing.
Evernote’s wonderful for collaboration because you can set up shared notebooks. I use shared notebooks for client projects. I add our writing agreement, and Terms of Service document to a client notebook as soon as I set it up. This means that if there are queries, the client can refer to our agreement. I add documents to the notebook, so the client can review them without emailing attachments to and fro. Once a project is done, I archive the notebook.
I archive, because although you can have 100,000 notes in Evernote, you’re limited to 250 notebooks in a personal account. I may switch to a business account soon, because you can have 500,000 notes, and 10,000 notebooks in Evernote Business.
A couple of writers have told me that Evernote has a learning curve. My response is always: use what you need, you don’t need to use every single feature. Just dump stuff in there. As you become familiar with the app, it will become easy and natural to use. And it will get you organized, and will keep you organized. You’ll write faster, and because you can concentrate on your writing, you’ll write better.
750 Words daily: you can do it
As stated, I haven’t used 750 Words. Several of my students swear by it however. It will help you to develop a writing habit.
Great tools mean you can focus on your writing
All three tools are free. And they’re great at getting you organized, so you can focus on your writing. Give them a try.
Closeouts: check out the bargains to help you to write more, and sell more
To meet my goals for 2015, I’m closing out some of our bestselling programs, so that I can focus on coaching and publishing. This means that you get special offerings on some of our current programs. When they close, they’ll close for good. And yes, you receive coaching with them too. 🙂 Enjoy.
How to profit from your writing: online store.