These are the resources I use to write and organize myself. Nothing is on here that I don’t use myself and I’m not going to spam you with anything. All links to paid products on this page are affiliate links (disclosure).
How to Write
I am also a huge fan of Holly Lisle’s writing courses. I’m saving up from my writing earnings to buy her How to Think Sideways(currently closed) course, it’s supposed to be a full career survival school for writers and seems to have a lot of great resources. I own several of her other smaller courses, but this one is a above our purchases-over-$50-require-both-partner’s-approval threshold and I’m waiting to earn out enough to buy it. 🙂
I also own two of her larger courses, “How to Write a Series” which is fantastic and contains fabulous marketing information for writers (currently closed).
I also am a huge fan of How to Revise Your Novel which has just started a new cohort and is currently available for sale.
If you’re not so sure about spending money on a course right now, check out her free “Flash Fiction that Doesn’t Suck” course.
I’ve also been playing with Jami Gold‘s wonderful free spreadsheets for my revision process and figuring out the whole structure of my novel. Though, I’ve been using these for edits, not for pre-writing. Because, OMG I am so not that structured. With Urban Werewolf 3, I updated the beat sheet spreadsheet as I went, putting in word count and a scene description as soon as I finished writing a scene.
For writing, I use Scrivener I think it is the best writing software ever made. I love how it organizes everything and the full screen writing mode (check out the pictures below). I do all of my writing in this with the exception of when I need complicated tables, because it is RTF based scrivener does not handle tables well. 🙁
But it is a paranoid’s dream, it auto-saves frequently and also whenever you hit save or close a project it backs itself up! Click here to check it out. And look at the pretty binder & note card organization here.
And the full screen mode here.
That’s right. You can set your own picture. I personally, prefer a collage of all of my goals and stuff for the year. Other people set like a typewriter and have the words appear on the page coming from the typewriter. Or you can just pick a color or pattern.
Again, if you want to buy it or snag a free thirty day trial, click here.
I’m working on re-creating my Scrivener templates after my computer, external hard drive, and website all died within a month of each other last spring.
For Goal Setting
Leonie Dawson’s Create Your Shining Year in Life and Biz workbook is a great resource for goal setting and it’s totally fun. I call it my type-A Hippie Book. It has all kinds of powerful worksheets & a printable calendar to help you create your amazing new year.
I use it for goal setting and have bought it the past three years running. As you can see, I draw with markers & color pencils in it because markers make everything better.
And isn’t my sleepy helper pretty?