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The Mystery Win

Starting August 1st, my downloads on Smashwords of my free ebook, The Silver Collar have shot up by over 1,000 downloads! This means that somewhere, my book was listed in a spot that people saw and clicked. But where?

I posted it on four different book-posting sites in July: Continue reading

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Why I Love Microsoft OneNote (as a writer)

I don’t know if any of you writers out there have a “crazy train” of thought like I do, but Microsoft OneNote is something wonderful, I’m telling you! I am. Right here. (If you’ve been reading the blog, you understand about the “crazy train”.)

First of all, it is very flexible and I can put everything in one place or I can make a new notebook or a new page or a new un-filed note for whatever I want. I have a notebook for my personal book reviews with a page for Wins and a page for Fails, a page for Manga reviews, a page to list the ones I have moved to an excel spreadsheet, and another of the books I have downloaded on Overdrive (from the library in case there is one I read but didn’t review).

Reviews, by the way, have been an excellent tool for me to use my reading addiction to fuel my writing compulsion. I can remind myself with each review what was good or bad about the book and then remember to do or not to do that!

I also have a notebook for each of my books, and it is extremely useful when I need to organize my thoughts outside of Word while I am working. I am easily distracted and frequently find myself finally getting to a place in my book to change something but forgetting what that was. But! If I switch over to OneNote, where I have been “showing my work”, I can see exactly what I need to do. I can even write it there before wedging it into my manuscript.

My Disenchanted Pet notebook will be my example:

  • The first page is all about the themes I want in the book and the other deeper workings of the book.
  • The second page is an outline page. My outline is vital, but changes constantly and OneNote is flexible enough to take it.
  • The third page is random cut-and-paste content for when I take something out I want to keep, or need to organize something for the writing.
  • The fourth page is just for comments and ideas from my Think Tank, so I can keep track of comments and ideas they have made.
  • The fifth page is just for listing stuff I want to change or “tune up”
  • The sixth page is Bios of my characters, so I can be sure everybody is consistent.
  • The seventh page is actually on this blog, my list of “Things to do” for my book.
  • My author profile has the next slot, where I can put all permutations of my Author Profile blurb.
  • The eighth page is my acknowledgements, to put into the book when I publish.
  • The Ninth is my copyright page.
  • The tenth is my dedication page.
  • The eleventh is all my editing notes from my recent edit, and my responses to her comments by number.

It is so easy to add in things I want and take out things I don’t, never having to worry about saving because it somehow keeps every change without losing them. Only once did I get a “corrupt file” and lose the book reviews I had transcribed from my email to OneNote. That was the last thing I had done before the problem, but everything else was there.

The caboose for today’s crazy train will be the beauty of the dedicated email address. I set one up for myself just for my personal and writing notes, and I can email from my phone. Wherever I am, as long as I don’t forget to bring my phone, I can email my sacred email account and all my thoughts go right to my email inbox, on my laptop, where they are the most useful. TaDa! I highly recommend it even if you aren’t a writer. It works for shopping, calendar planning, bad memory, and to-do lists, among other things.

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