If you’re like me, I tend to carry around a notebook everywhere and jot things down as I think of them. It makes for slightly unorganized note-taking, but it’s great for brainstorming. Last year, I hadn’t really considered using the computer to manage my note-taking, but when Tim suggested Papel, a freeware program, I saw potential.
I love Papel. I especially love it because I did my novel plotting by doing the notecarding method, where you write down scenes/ideas on notecards until you have an entire desk of notecards and you have to put a yellow tape barrier around your desk so the dogs/husband/ghostly spirits will not accidentally bump into your desk and accidentally shuffle the cards. (Solution 1: Post-it notecards. Solution 2: Papel)
Papel was great for me because you can basically write your novel, scene by scene. I think writing a novel beginning to end, in one endless Word document, is very intimitating. I knew I had “x” number of scenes, so I made “x” number of Papels, and every day I would write one or two scenes. I did not write my novel in order.
I’ll come back tonight and try and post a screenshot of my Papel project from last year, so you can see. (I’m at work, now. Clearly, working hard.)
Papel has some issues. My major issue was trying to connect everything together to make total wordcount, as well as exporting everything in order into my final Word file for the Lulu.com deadline. During my Pledge 2 Publish revision phase, I tried using Google notes, but gave up on that program.
This year I’m thinking of trying a program called yWriter. It looks like it might be more useful to me than Papel. I’ll have to download it and poke around.
The purpose of this post is to hopefully get suggestions from other users. Tim, what programs do you suggest? Where is the best place to download those program from?