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Entries for October, 2008

Moving to Linux: Working with Text (Part 1)

As I highlighted in my last post, plain text is an excellent medium for writers to begin their process. Actually, in many cases, plain text is a perfectly acceptable format for writers to end their process in as well, but for now, let’s assume that you’ll be moving your words to a different format such […]

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Making the Most of Your RSS Link

This is another guest post by Stephanie Stiavetti from Wasabimon. Stephanie agreed to write a couple of posts for the site while I’m busy unpacking after my move and getting ready for NaNoWriMo. Please welcome her to the site, and do yourself a favor by visiting her site too! The whole point of a blog is […]

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Moving to Linux: Tools for Writers

We writers are pretty easy to please when it comes to computing requirements. Writing can be achieved with the simplest of media: white screen, black text. As an avid free and open source software (FOSS) advocate, I’ve spent some time over the last few years writing on the Linux platform. I’ve come to discover that it’s […]

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Contest Reminder: Deadline 10/31

Don’t forget there are still a couple of days left to enter the contest to win a free copy of iMindMap Ultimate (a $295 value). For more information about the prize and instructions on how to enter, see the contest post. The deadline is the end of the day (Midnight PST) on Friday, October 31.

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Welcome Guest Host Aaron Peters

Joining Stephanie Siavetti as my guest while I straighten out my move and get the site prepared for NaNoWriMo (I’ve got about 10 or so interviews with former NaNoWriMo participants to post already, and more coming!) is Aaron Peters. Aaron is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction and a free-software enthusiast. He has worked […]

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Add “Print This” to Your WordPress Blog Posts with WP-Print Plugin

This is a guest post by Stephanie Stiavetti from Wasabimon. Stephanie has agreed to write a couple of posts for the site while I’m busy moving and getting ready for NaNoWriMo. Please welcome her to the site, and do yourself a favor by visiting her site too! I visit a lot of blogs as a part […]

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More on Mind-Mapping – and a Contest!

Image by sirwiseowl via Flickr In my series on collecting and organizing ideas, I discussed mind-mapping as a brainstorming tool. Mind-mapping is a kind of free-association method in which ideas are generated by association with a central idea, and then each of the generated ideas in turn becomes a source of inspiration for further brainstorming. […]

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The Writer’s Skype Toolkit

One of the unlikely tools I end up using all the time as a writer is Skype. For the uninitiated, Skype is a voice over Internet application, allowing you to chat with other Skype users for free just like you would over the telephone. In fact, for a small per-minute charge, you can even call […]

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Call for Participants: Writers Who Have Participated in NaNoWriMo

To celebrate National Novel Writing Month in November, I would like to feature interviews with previous NaNoWriMo participants about the techniques and strategies they used and how well they worked. The interview will be a set of several questions that you can answer by email. If you participated in NaNoWriMo before, whether or not you […]

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Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May”: Tips for Collecting and Organizing Ideas, Part 4 — Organizing Your Thoughts

Image by ecstaticist via Flickr The hardest part of any project for me is getting my notes and captured thoughts into some sort of usable format. That’s one of the reasons why I like conputerized note-taking systems like Evernote so much  –  it organizes for me by creating notebooks and allowing me to tag each entry. But Evernote […]

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