Best story outlining apps
Plus Dolly Parton, writing habits and a way to support Unslush via Ko-fi.
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Links of the week
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What is the Best Story Outlining Software?
This is a useful overview of four different outlining apps by Dave Chesson of Kindlepreneur. You can also use Trello, Notion, Aeon Timeline or good old-fashioned Post it notes and a wall.
How Does the Great Dolly Parton Write a Song?
The two takeaways from this are a) practice, and b) publish and move on. You don't write 3000 songs by worrying about every last detail. You say enough and hit publish.
Formats Unpacked – an ace newsletter about storytelling
This is a newish newsletter from the Storythings team. Every week it features and explains a successful 'format' for telling stories. I like the one about Grand Designs. Because I like Grand Designs.
How To Build a Daily Writing Habit and Write Every Day
As with all write-every-day advice, throw four kids, a freelance business, maternity leave and a global pandemic into the mix and then see how you do. But still. This article by the ace Shawn Blanc is full of excellent, practical advice. So you should probably listen to him.
MemberSpace - Turn your website into members-only with just a few clicks
There are a great many ways to create a membership scheme these days. The thing about Memberspace is you can do it on top of pretty much any other service, including... Notion.
Best of the rest
- How to research like a poet
- MyVLF – the free global virtual literary festival
- ilo – better Twitter analytics to understand and grow your audience
- Apps and other tech that makes the writing process easier
- What makes a powerful opening line?
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