Recent articles on writing, editing, and publishing
What Acquisition Editors and Agents Notice When Evaluating a Manuscript – A Handy Checklist by Jessica Page Morrell
Jessica Page Morrell is a top-tier developmental editor for books and screenplays. Her articles have appeared in Writer’s Digest and The Writer magazines. She is known for explaining the hows and whys of what makes for excellent writing and for sharing very clear...read more
Recent Rowlett transplant Cindy Murray is an award-winning children’s chapter-book author who moved to the area from San Diego just a few months ago. She has written three adventure mystery books in a series, The Adventures of Sophie and Scottie. Here is an interview with her.read more
GUEST POST 7 Science-Backed Ways Reading Makes You Healthy From Global English Editing, a guest post from Sierra Delarosa. I love it when science confirms what I already suspect: that reading is really good for you! If you’re also an avid reader, you already know how...read more
RESOURCES FOR WRITERS & EDITORS Quirks of Famous Writers Infographic From Custom Writing Service, a fascinating infographic about the strange quirks of famous writers. Click on the graphic below to see the full version Want to write a book review or article for our...read more
Write! is a “minimalist text editor for distraction-free writing,” much in the vein of Scrivener or Ulysses—at least in the general sense. But Write! really is minimalist—it gets out of the way so you can focus on writing and editing without a lot of distractions, user interface clutter, or a steep learning curve.read more
From Nick Green at Vice.com comes a great article about writing routines and writers: Did Balzac really drink 50 cups of coffee a day? Does Murakami actually wake up at 4 AM? For a week, I tried to live like famous writers. It went poorly. …I would spend each day...read more
Recommended for Writers
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.
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.
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.
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.
Publisher of select nonfiction & fiction