Being an independent author is a lot like running a small business. You’re in charge of every aspect of the process, such as writing, research, marketing, graphic design, editing, formatting, publishing, distribution, touring (virtual or otherwise), and public relations. Even if you don’t personally do all of those things, you usually find someone who can assist you.
The other day I was looking at Scrivener and thought it seemed like a helpful tool, but didn’t want to pay $55 for it. I generally write in a Google Docs because it’s simple, free, and in the cloud. The reason I was looking for something new was because I needed a better way to take notes, one that was visually appealing and would help me stay on track.
What software or techniques do you use to remain engaged with your stories? Are there any best practices that have helped you with worldbuilding or note taking? Separately, do you stick to deadlines, or do you find them restrictive/stressful? Can’t wait to hear your thoughts! ~ WM