Recent articles on writing, editing, and publishing
From an excellent article over at Booklaunch, here are some excerpts from an interview with Joe Bunting at The Write Practice. Click here to view full article at booklaunch.com How do you become a productive writer, the kind who not only actually finishes writing...read more
RESOURCES FOR WRITERS & EDITORS Newsletter for Writers and Editors (June 2017) Do you have a book you would like to publish? We are looking for new authors and manuscripts in the following areas: Nonfiction: history, law, bible studies & spirituality Fiction:...read more
"Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody,” said Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet more than a century ago. “There is only one way. Go into yourself.” Rilke, of course, was right – nobody but yourself can help. In the end it all comes down to the strike...read more
The best books in the world will not sell if no one knows about them; the best essay, paper, or blog posts won’t be read if no one sees a link to it. We hope you are doing some promotion of your work, whatever it may be: on your website, through a FaceBook page, on...read more
From LifeHacker comes this nice chart of the basics of story structure. Of course, it's up to you to make the content compelling, unique, and moving. There’s no shortcut to writing a great story. However, there are guidelines that can help get you started if you’ve...read more
We are a little late to the party, since CampNaNoWriMo just ended on April 30. But this article's advice is useful for any writing project. Do some planning Set intermediate goals Write Every Day Try Word Sprints Write in Different Places Curb Distractions Always...read more
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Apps for Writing, Editing, and Research
SCRIVENER (Writing, editing, research)
A wonderful program from a fantastic company. We have used Scrivener since it was in beta before the original release. It is the best writing program available. It is simple enough to use as an outliner and writing tools alone, but has a depth of capabilities that go well beyond just those tasks. Excellent for novels, nonfiction books, eBooks, story-board, lengthy articles, organizing research…the list goes on.
See our series of articles on how we use Scrivener here.
Mac Version Windows version
AEON TIMELINE (Timelines)
This is a easy-to-use timeline program. The graphics you can product with it are beautiful. It is easy to quickly enter information and get a timeline going, or you can dig deeper and set up multiple timelines, characters, banners, etc.
We have used it for novel-writing, for plotting historical events for articles and books, and to assist attorneys in developing timelines for chronologies in legal cases. Useful for any project that needs a visual timeline or chronology.
Mac App StoreWindows version
DAY ONE (Journaling)
The best journaling program, with a beautiful interface.
You can easily add pictures from built-in cameras or from your computer or phone, add tags, location, weather, and includes a search function. For writers, there are daily writing prompts. The app also syncs seamlessly between Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watch.
We use it for daily journaling (a good habit for writers) and both personal and writing logs. The ease of finding past entries is great.
2014 Apple Design Award winner.
Mac App StoreiOS version
DEVONTHINK (Document management)
DevonThink is a robust and feature-rich document management program. It can either import documents (of any kind), or track them in an external location. You can then tag, categorize, OCR, organize into folders (dumb and smart), search, and just about any other action you might want to do with documents. It can be used as a document storage and retrieval program, but it excels at document-heavy research applications. We have used it for legal document management and discovery purposes, for book and article research, and to keep track of all of our articles, books, and essays. It also has database program built in.
Mac App StoreiOS version
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