Timelines are a method of organizing information visually and chronologically. They’re tremendously popular with teachers and other educators and can also be very useful for writers working on biographies and history books. Fiction writers can use timelines as a worldbuilding tool to help develop backstory, outline major plot events, and more.… Read more
Outlining and mind mapping are different methods of generating and organizing ideas. Many writers prefer to use one method or the other, while others use both, either together or at different stages of the creative process. There are many excellent software programs designed to help you create attractive outlines and mind maps simply and easily.… Read more
For non-fiction writers, software programs designed to help manage citations and easily create properly formatted bibliographies, footnotes, endnotes, and in-text citations can be a major time saver. They can also be useful as research tools for fiction writers, though in most cases note-taking software will suffice.… Read more
Note-taking is an important task for any writer whose work requires research… which means almost every writer!
There are lots of great software programs and tools to help keep track of everything from citations for scientific and professional publications to character notes and to-do lists.… Read more
Writers, especially speculative fiction writers, historical fiction writers, and nonfiction writers, have a lot of things to keep track of. Traditionally, we keep track of them in notebooks or on index cards. However, an increasing number of writers are turning to personal wikis to keep track of details about characters, places, and events.… Read more