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Using Writing Programs for Organizing

Wed Apr 4, 2018, 10:43 PM

Using Writing Programs for Organizing

Hey guys!

First off, I want to apologize for the madness of my status updates or journal entries. Life's been really chaotic, and I may have said or done things I really shouldn't have. From here on out, I'm going to retain a moderately positive attitude, and avoid talking about the nitty gritty of my life.

Today, to make up for it, I'm going to teach you all some tricks in Word and Evernote!

Also I will introduce you to a new program called Trello!

What are ways to organize your writing as a writer? (With pictures!)

I use several programs to help me plan my writing, and to keep writing ( and art! ) fun and organized. 

Trello, Evernote, Word - all are beneficial to help you write. I'm a Word fan, and I use it for standard formatting. If you learn Word well, you learn a lot about formatting and it's a powerful tool to make your writing publishable. 

Did you know you can create links within word? Let me show you! Take a look at this image:

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This is a way you can organize your novel pre-write or your novel itself! This is also really nifty for when you are creating e-books, or nonfiction, or even tutorials for your blog! If you have a large word document, you can use these links to organize parts of the word document. Want a deeper look? Here you go:

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See this Link and Bookmark icon in Word? THIS is what you want! Both of these actually! We'll start with the bookmark icon...

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Name a bookmark that you want to save for later usage. I created "characterprofiles" to represent my character profile text. 

It will not work if you have spaces, so keep that in mind!

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This is the name of my text that the bookmark will jump to once I click the link of my hyperlink text.

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Scroll up to the top. Chances are, you'll want the text to be somewhere where you can easily see it when you first open the document.

Here is where I have typed out a smaller font, that I am going to be using for the hyperlink. 

This text (also Character Profiles) is where I will apply the link.

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Open up the Link tool, right above bookmarks.

Now, in the panel, I want you to select "Place in This Document" circled above.

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See the highlighted and circled text? This is your bookmark from earlier. Select it.

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Now, when you click yes, your bookmark should be ready!

Note: You MUST CTRL click your text, in order to get to the other part of the novel page. When you CTRL click "Character Profiles" it goes straight to the other part of the document. Cool right?

Now I am going to share with you a few other tricks too that I've learned too, in different programs. Let's take a closer look into Evernote, a writing accessory I've been using since forever.

Did you know that Evernote has WRITING templates?…

You can use these to help support your character development... and even the aftermath, when you are ready to publish your novel!

Another thing you probably didn't know about Evernote, is you can create a table of contents! Just press shift and select what you'd like on the PC version and this will appear:

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Circle "Create Table of Contents" and it will look like this:

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Then you can edit it however you please, to make it presentable!

Lastly, I wanted to share a lovely program with you called Trello!

I'm sure you haven't heard of it, but artists, you can use it for art too!………

These are examples of boards you can create with Trello! Writing, Comic, or Art - it has use for ALL forms of creative art, and even school if you so allowed! There are plenty of ways to use Trello, and it has integration with other apps, notably for free! (But do note: you can only use 1 per board on free version).

It's a bit self-explanatory, so I will not go into detail about the mechanics of using Trello... but if you have any questions or comments about any of these programs, I am all ears!

And please, tell me how well I explained this to you! If I didn't explain it too well... let me know and I will rephrase it for you!

All these of these programs are vital to my writing experience. My own way of planning is chaotic and disorganized because I am a huge panster, but if you're interested in my writing process... comment below, and I will tell you more about it in an upcoming journal entry.

Till then you guys :heart:

Viv out!

omoulo Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Student General Artist
omg yes i use trello too!! i use it to organise just about anything especially drawings and its so so good at keeping me on top of everything and making sure i dont forget stuff.
ive heard really good things about evernote too, i must check it out!!
Vivyi Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yesssss it's great! I love Trello <333 I hope other people check it out too <3 I use it to organize practically all of my creative venues XD

Evernote is really fantastic! I use it more for writing than I do for art, but it's a great organizer and checklist maker none the less! I also use it for preplanning and writing ideas to go on my phone, so it's got a lot of uses!
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