Productivity (Email, Excel, and other handy tools)
My Posts and Articles on productivity:
Bible & Bible Study
- Crown Financial Education
- Credit Karma
- Practical Money Skills For Life
- Dave Ramsey: Financial Peace University
- Dave Ramsey: Financial Coaching
- Dave Ramsey's Cash Flow Plan (Budget) Worksheets
OpenSource, Android, & Microsoft Tools
- Tasks & Notes:
- OneNote: You can get this in the Office Suite or just as a stand-alone App in the Windows and Android app stores for free. I use it for long and detailed notes, book outlines, and much more. It's my digital brain.
- Keep: Google Assistant: great for on-the-go notes and lists. I can say "OK, Google. Add Tuna to my shopping list" and the voice recognition on my Android smartphone will add this to my grocery list without me typing a thing. It's also great for other do-to lists and reminders.
- GNotes (Browser based on Computers and App based on Android Sync with Gmail)
- Nozbe (Tasks Manager)
- emClient: Email Replacement for Outlook syncs with all my Googliness. Gmail, GCalendar, GTasks
- ToDoist (Google Synced Task Manager) Currently using over Nozbe. But I jump back and forth, can't make up my mind yet.
- LiveWriter (Blog writing software).
- LiveMail (email client, like outlook but free with basic Windows, can also use for RSS subscriptions). Best used with Microsoft email addresses (but can be used with others) Will sync to your (hotmail, live, outllook.com) email, calendar, tasks, etc.
- Headers: Create a cool Header (Microsoft Power Point + Microsoft Snipping Tool = Save as a JPG, then use Paint to resize as needed).
Writing Craft Tools
- Scrivener, by Literature & Latte - $40
- Michael Hyatt (here) first turned me on to this program. It is absolutely the best thing I've seen for writers who want to publish any book Fiction or Non-fiction. He even uses it for publishing blog posts, and other content.
- This program allows me to write my scenes in any order they come to my mind. When it comes to Story Structure, I'm a Pantser or Edit-As-You-Go, not an Outliner. So this tool allows me to move scenes around, re-organize whole sections and see the story through corkboards at every level 1 inch view and 10,000-foot view.
- Thanks to Michael Hyatt (and his Affiliate Code: MICHAELHYATT) I got it at a discount.
- yWriter 5 - Free
- This program pretty much does what Scrivener does, but for free. But being free, it's a bit less User-Friendly. Think "Open Office vs Microsoft Word". They both get the job done, but the user experience is way different. I used yWriter happily until I could afford Scrivener.
- This program also has one feature I didn't find in Scrivener (maybe it's there, but I didn't find it), a timeline broken down by POV.
- yWriter is a word processor which breaks your novel into chapters and scenes, helping you keep track of your work while leaving your mind free to create. It will not write your novel for you, suggest plot ideas or perform creative tasks of any kind. yWriter was designed by an author, not a salesman!
- Grammarly - Free and Paid/Month
- The free version is MORE than I need right now, but in the future, I may start using the paid version. That depends on how much I'm writing, and how much it's paying me.
- This is an App/Extension that checks your grammar, in outstanding ways.
- There is a Chrome Extension, that checks your grammar from within your browser, no matter what site you are typing on (Facebook Twitter, Comments, Etc.,).
- There is a Microsoft Extension for Word and Outlook. I'm using it right now to edit my first novel. I'm seriously considering publishing my first novel without an Editor thanks to Grammarly.
Writing Craft: Write Better - Learn Your Craft / Articles
- Randy Ingermanson also offers a ton of help for writers through his blog, including:
- K.M. Weiland runs a website and podcast called "Helping writers become authors".
- Website: http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com
- Her Story Structure Database (here) outlines movies and books you've probably read and breaks them down into their story structures. This helps writers understand story structure for the own writing.
- One Stop For Writers also has some great resources.
Building Your Own Blog or Platform
- Networked Blogs
- Tweet Deck
- BufferApp: Pre-Schedule Social Media Posts
- Feedburner (create personalized RSS feeds)
- AddThis: Smart Layers (Follow Buttons, Share Button, and more)
- Create a Flickr Slider
- Create a cool Header: Pic Monkey
- Domain.Com for domain names.
- Google Analytics
- Mail Chimp for Newsletters.
- 4 Steps to Affiliate Marketing Success, by Click Bank
- GUMROAD: Sell products, name your own price!
Blogger.com Specific Resources
- Getting started with a Blogger.Com Blog.
- How to use Blogger.Com and Domain.Com to host your Top Level Domain Name for less than $10/Year.
- A quick trick to optimize blogger headlines for SEO.
- About Blogger and SEO
- Adding Excerpts only to a Blogger Home Page
Darrell G. Wolfe
Storyteller | Writer | Thinker | Consultant | Multipotentialite