I’ll start with the Live scribe smart pen. If you attend conferences, workshops or classes, this will save you so much time! This pen’s made specifically for those occasions. You can purchase this pen for approximately $99 and a special notebook for $10. I purchased everything at Best Buy.
Here’s how it works. You turn the pen on, tap “record” in the notebook and it records the speaker. You can also write one word in the notebook, and later when you are listening from home, tap the word that you have written, and the recording will go directly to the place when the speaker said that word. No more lengthy notes and cramped fingers, or “Oh, what did they just say? I missed it.” The pen comes with headphones as well. There are a few uses for them. If I’m in the back of the room, which I often am because I’m shy, plug the small headphones in and it amplifies the speaker. When you play it back, it is crystal clear, and plays in surround sound. I also tend to keep this pen in my purse. When I’m stuck in traffic, and a new idea for a story smacks me, I grab my pen, turn it on and talk into it. Presto, I haven’t lost my thought.
My sweet hubby bought this pen for me when I seriously began my writing journey. It’s one of the best things invented since toilet paper.
Another great tool I use is writersmarket.com. With a membership, you can look through fiction, non fiction, magazine, novel and short story submissions. Several sites accept photos and poetry too. I purchased the Writers Market 2012 deluxe edition book, and received a year subscription free. All I do is sign in to my membership, select what I’m searching for, and it returns with pages of places to submit your writing. I recently searched magazines for a short story. It gave me 28 pages of choices. I read through the guidelines, visited their individual websites, and decided if it was the right market to submit to. Each market has different guidelines for submissions as well, so this site offers a wealth of information.
My iPad is my best friend. I carry it everywhere. It’s an instant source of information, reading, or entertainment. As a writer, I use “Pages” which is compatible with Word. I often sit at Starbucks and use Pages for ideas or writing a story. It saves automatically, and I can email it to myself, check my email from my laptop, and the document opens in Word on my computer. I use this on lunch breaks at work so that I can continuing working on whatever project I have my hands in at the time.
Those are a few things that I use that help me stay organized while writing. I’d love to hear what works for you as well.
Until Next Time…