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Index Card Is a handy iPad app by DenVog that costs $4.99. I have found it to be terrifically useful and as a bonus, it syncs to Scrivener. Create index cards on a cork board background, type notes on them, rearrange them to your heart's content, save them, email them or sync them. It's a simple program to learn, too.

I use it for brainstorming and outlining on the iPad. I jot down quick scenes or ideas and then move them around until I am satisfied. It is very handy for organizing the genealogy classes I teach as well. The best part is that I can use it in a comfy chair or at Starbucks when I have a few minutes to play around with ideas.
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A few years ago, I became convinced that if I could only find the right software for writing, I would be able to write my novel and so I went merrily off on another detour, namely a quest to find the perfect writing tool. (Yes, instead of writing.) I tried out several on free trials and even bought one that I thought would do before I discovered *drum roll* Scrivener.

The search was over.

At that time it was only for Macs but now runs on PCs as well. There are so many things I like about it and it has gotten even better over the years. For one thing, it has a handy name generator for those moments when you are whizzing along and a new character suddenly jumps into the scene and things grind to a halt because you can't think of a name. It is those little touches that make Scrivener so good.

Scrivener allows the author to jump around from scene to scene and then reorder them as necessary. It has a research pane where pictures and notes and background material can be stashed and easily accessed. There are several different templates, too, so that I use it for writing articles and blog posts for work and well as my attempts at fiction.

Although it is possible to jump right in with Scrivener, I'd suggest watching some of the tutorial videos about it that are available on Literature and Latte's website or on YouTube. Two ebooks have recently been published about using Scrivener. Take Control of Scrivener 2 by Kirk McElhearn and Writing a Novel with Scrivener by David Hewson. 

Don't take my word for it, check it out for yourselves. A very generous free trial is available.

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I have had a hard time trying to figure out what to do with this blog and have decided that I'm going to write about my trials and tribulations with writing. So... it's a writing blog. Yay! Mostly I fear that it will be a writing blog about not writing with info about the different computer software and hardware reviews thrown in. I've explored a lot of them in an attempt to avoid writing while feeling like I'm getting ready to write. Sadly, learning about tools for writing is something I consider soothing while the actual writing, not so much.

Procrastination in my world is something like a balrog.

Feel free to bail on this account. This is something that I'm doing for me.


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