Oh! Shall the cloud rain down on me all of my drafts! My Royalty Reports! My work in progress sheet! My estimated writing and publishing time line!
And as I keep saying over and over again- only more books sell more books.
But writing books takes metric shit tons of time, and time is the most valuable resource. Most of the week I need to squeeze my writing time in around all of my other responsibilities.
The Best tool for that?
Shall I sing of reading drafts on the bus! Of not needing to carry my laptop with me everywhere! Of Folders! Of excel funtions! Of backed up files! Oh pioneers, oh pioneers!
It’s fast, simple and easy, and you only need an internet connection to use it.
Step One: Get a gmail account (it’s 2014, you should already have a gmail account)
Step Two: Download Google Drive
Step Three: Have your WIP accessible to you on any computer with internet access and your phone.
Viola! You don’t have to worry about accidentally saving your risque novella to the work server and not being able to get it back off! You no longer need to worry about changing compatibility settings and screwing up your formatting!
You don’t even need the computer to have word processing software!
I’ll be completely honest with you, I learned about all the things that google docs could do for me because I came into my part time job two weeks ago, only to find that they had taken Microsoft Word off the part time worker’s computers. I burst into what can only be called a “rage spiral” until a younger (but only by a few years) co-worker suggested the magic of google docs to me.
My regular job is in its quiet time of year right now, so I can pull up google docs and jot down some article ideas or work up an outline. My part time job has basically given up caring about anything and is ready to sit back and watch the boat sink, so have hours of silence to just do me. I downloaded Google drive for my phone, so now I can spend my bus ride running over scenes that weren’t quite working, or I can go over my outline to brain storm.
I can do all the creative work, then just copy paste it back into my scrivener documents. I always have everything I need to work, and as a special bonus, all my work it backed up somewhere that I can always reach.
Oh! Google! My Google!