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TODAY'S POST: I-Spy Paperless Notebooks...
A few years ago I read an article about an attorney who had gone paperless in his law practice. The attorney used an electronic notebook: the Microsoft OneNotebook program. Intrigued, I checked my laptop when I got home. Lo and behold, OneNotebook was listed in my Microsoft programs. At first, I set up notebooks to contain research for a book I was writing at the time. Rather than filling notebooks/folders with printed material, I copied and pasted online material into labeled sections.
At the conclusion of the book, I realized I didn't have a mountain of paper to file or toss. Hmmm. When I began my next book, I decided to set up a full blown electronic notebook. They function like any other paper' notebook. You can have as many sections as you wish; above is a screenshot of the tabs I used for Her Dark Protector.
Same thing for subsections; have as many as you need:
I now have an electronic notebook containing all the common templates I typically used, including a plotboard.
The beauty is the 'page' is as wide or long as you need. The section grows with added material. Photos can be copied as well. Here's one of the research pages where I pasted a photo of the motorcyle ultimately used in Her Dark Protector.
An obvious benefit of an electronic plotboard is the portability. Grab the computer and go; all your research, charts, etc. at your fingertips. Use different colors, fonts, etc. to help highlight turing points and POV's. As I write/review/revise a manuscript, I'll note them like below.
Whenever I run across an intreresting online article about writing or other frequently used topics, such as criminal investigation, I send it to a special topic notebook.
I've become such a believer in the digital notebook that I now use them at work. With Outlook I'm able to send documents to the case notebook. Have a document or pdf file you wish you could add to the notebook? One of the print options [at least in Microsof] is to send the document to OneNote.
Don't have Microsoft? I googled and there are a number of electronic software progams available. In this digital day and age, an electronic notebook is a match made in heaven for organizing writing. Besides, think of all the trees being saved.
:) Carol Stephenson
Award winning author Carol Stephenson lives in southeast Florida with her beloved Shih Tzu. She's an attorney by day and author by night. She's best known for her emotionally drawn, hard-driving romances. You can keep up with Carol and her books on her Web site at www.carolstephenson.com.
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