Movie Outline takes a little getting used to. Adding different elements isn’t totally intuitive at first, and it’s more PC than Mac in style, missing traditional keyboard shortcuts (like Command-W to close a window) and menu commands (like Open Recent).
We love the story of Salem, Oregon, writer Colleen Houck, who ignored her rejection letters, self-published her Tiger series on Amazon, landed on the Kindle Store’s bestseller list, and wound up signing with an agent. Too good to be true? Not with the self-publishing options available today. Both Amazon’s Kindle Store and Apple’s iBookstore accept direct submissions from authors.
With apps catering to fiction writers, the workflow is straightforward: collect ideas and information, sketch characters and plot, write the novel, format it according to publishers’ guidelines, print, and mail it off.
The full-featured Scrivener excels at all types of writing, from creative fiction to scholarly articles, and its 2.0 upgrade builds on its existing strengths and adds many new features, making it as comprehensive as it is affordable.
PersonalBrain helped us organize our thoughts, notes, and research while writing this very article. Simultaneously a wonder of nature and source of constant frustration, the human brain can effortlessly choreograph the movements of a complex body yet fail to record the location of car keys. Imperfect, yes, but it’s all we’ve got. To help us exercise a little more control over our master, TheBrain Technologies offers PersonalBrain Pro. PersonalBrain Pro is a tool for collecting and organizing thoughts, files, and webpages into a coherent framework called a “brain.” Just as important as the thoughts themselves are the relationships between them, and unlike most other organization tools, PersonalBrain avoids imposing external rules or structure on your brain.