I am finally at a point with my writing where I need to establish a daily writing routine and invest in some software to keep everything organized and running smoothly. Over the last few years, I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Scrivener that I am finally going to take the plunge. I plan to use it to organize most of my writing intended for future publication. I have several pieces already that could easily stand alone or become an integral part of much larger projects. Unfortunately, much of my work is scattered all over my computer. It is time to organize it all. It is my hope that Scrivener will help me do just that.
In my quest to make writing a part of my daily routine, I am also testing Freedom.to, which is a program that will block social media or any internet access for a designated period of time. It is designed to help writers concentrate on writing itself. We’ll see just how helpful it will be. While my first instinct is to say it is silly there is a need for an application that will temporarily disable internet access, I also recognize just how distracting social media – Facebook in particular – can be. There is a time and place to use social media as a writer. I’m hoping that Freedom.to can help me firmly establish those boundaries.
The final piece of software I plan to use in my attempt to organize my writing and create a routine is RedNotebook. It is a simple journal interface that includes several templates for various types of journals. I originally downloaded the program thinking I would use it as an electronic personal journal. It can be used as so much more. I can see how useful it may be in tracking my writing efforts and simply entering ideas. The possibilities are endless. I admit: When I first viewed the program, I was a bit disappointed. It is fairly plain. However, it has so many features and is customizable. You can truly create what you would like in an electronic journal.
What my routine will ultimately look like may take some time. The best part is that thanks to several creative writing courses I’ve completed over the last few semesters, I have hundreds of writing ideas waiting for me. If I finally run out, I have even more writing prompts. No more excuses!
I also thought I would include a couple of lists of highly rated writing software and resources.
Literature and Latte – Links for Writers
This is an extensive list of resources for writers. It is divided into several different categories, including by operating system. Check out Literature and Latte for Scrivener as well.
Best Free Software for Writing – 10 Programs to Unleash Your Creativity (Techradar.com)
This list includes 10 free programs for writers. Check here before you decide to pay for writing software. Often the free alternative is just as good as the expensive option (and sometimes even better).
The 10 Best Creative Writing Programs for 2016
If you are looking for paid creative writing software beyond Scrivener, this list is your best bet. It provides the consumer with details comparing and contrasting different aspects of a creative writing software package. Know before you buy.
Happy writing in 2016!