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 A duty bound earl and a jewel thief might find forever if he can steal her heart…

Robert Cooper, the Earl of Brougham must marry in order to fulfill his duty to the title. He’s decided on a rather mild mannered, biddable woman who most considered firmly on the shelf. But, her family is on solid financial ground and has no scandals attached to their name.

Lady Emily Winterburn, sister of the Earl of Dunmere, is not what she seems. With a heart as big as her wild streak she finds herself prepared to protect her brother from his bad choices, even if it means stealing from the Ton. But marrying their way out of trouble is simply out of the question. What woman in her right mind would shackle herself to a man, let alone one of the notorious Lustful Lords?

Cooper’s carefully laid plans are ruined once he must decide between courting his unwilling bride-to-be and taming the wild woman he caught stealing–until he discovers they are one and the same. And when love sinks it’s relentless talons into his heart? He’ll do anything to possess the wanton who fires his blood and touches his soul.

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Note Taking Apps: Managing a Series in OneNote

Welcome to the last post in this series! In my last post we talked about how to import notebooks and templates in OneNote. Today we are going to shift gears and talk about how to manage a series using OneNote. Naturally this leads to discussing a series bible.

You may be wondering what a series bible is, it’s nothing more than an author’s guide to all the details about the characters and world they have created across multiple books. Everyone has their own methods for plotting, some more detailed than others all depending on your writing style. I am a bit of a hybrid, so I do light plotting to frame things and then let the characters take me the rest of the way. OneNote is a flexible enough tool to accommodate many styles.

Now you may be wondering how to use what I’ve shown you to expand into a series bible. Well, I’ll show you. The good news is, you are already more than half-way there if you follow my basic structure.

Did you get my templates from the last post? If not you can grab them here: http://bit.ly/SorchasOneNoteTemp

By using the Plotting, Worldbuilding, and Book tabs, you have the core of your series bible. The key is to use the sections and pages I’ve suggested here, or those of your own making, to document your series details. The core elements that run through your series should remain in the sections we’ve created.

But, for each book you may have some additional sections. Under the Book section, you will have your various chapters, pages for cuts, extra scenes, and maybe even your blurb. Other sections include, a promo section, and a beta readers section. In one I plan my promo strategy–nothing fancy just a check list of things I want to do to promote the book. The other is where I consolidate comments from my beta readers and sort out those I want to address.

Right click on any existing tab and then select New Section Group.

 

 

 

Name the section and hit enter or click down on the page.

 

Now, left click on the first tab you want to add to the section group, drag your mouse over to the group, and drop the tab on the section group icon. Repeat this with each tab you want to add. Then double click on the section group to see your sections. If you want to return to your main sections, simply click on the up pointing arrow on the left of the sections.

 

By grouping things like this, you can tuck away sections you aren’t using while you work on the next books. So really, building and managing your series bible is as easy as plotting and drafting in OneNote.

Remember, you can add sections and pages as you need or that meet your needs. That’s the best part here, you can completely customize your sections and pages to work the way you do.

Keep in mind, these templates are a guideline. If you are writing a series set in a particular world but each book is entirely standalone, you can structure your sections accordingly. For instance, you might keep your character pages with the book they appear in if they aren’t going to make any more appearances in the other books you will write. For hardcore plotters, you can build outlines or write a synopsis for each book in one of these sections.

If you haven’t already started thinking about how you might adapt this tool to your needs now is the time to start! Remember, you can copy and paste web pages, notes, emails, pictures, even spreadsheets into OneNote. You can build to do lists and then check things off them as you accomplish them.

Other things I do in OneNote, besides plotting and drafting, include keeping a business plan. I have sections for my to-do list, my business strategy, I make a production schedule, and even plot out promotion campaigns.

Any last questions? Is there something you currently do or use in plotting or drafting that you’d want to add to your notebooks? Ask me and I’ll be happy to offer some guidance if you need it. Otherwise, I hope you enjoyed this series of posts and can get started using OneNote!

And don’t forget, the internet has a wealth of information and how-to videos for both apps.

Happy Writing!
♥ Sorcha

Note Taking Apps: Importing Notebooks & Creating Templates in OneNote

Welcome back! In my last post we talked about how to set OneNote up so you can organize your notes. Today we are going to take a look at importing notebooks and creating templates!

The next logical step is to add a page. But since you want to do this from a template I need to show you how to import the templates and how to create them. So, let’s get started.

Need a template? http://bit.ly/SorchasOneNoteTemp

Importing a notebook (the templates) is as simple as opening a notebook. Go to File and then Open. In this case, you will select Computer and then navigate to wherever you have saved the templates. I recommend when you download them from email you save them into your OneNote Notebooks folder created when you installed OneNote.

 

Windows Explorer will come up and you navigate to your file.

 

Then select it and click Open.

 

Then the file opens in OneNote and you can see the notebook and all the sections and pages it contains.

 

Now that you have imported your templates, you will want to save them into your template tool for future use.  To do that, go to the page you want to make a template and select the Insert tab on the menu ribbon and then click on Page Templates. From there click on Page Templates… again.

 

A box pops up on the right, but you want to select the link at the bottom: Save current page as a template.

 

 

Then name the template and decide if you want it to be the default template when a new page is created in this section. Once you click Save your new template will appear under My Templates if you expand it.

 

Now that you have your template set up, you are ready to get started with OneNote.

 

Once they are imported, you will have to arrange the notes as we discussed in Lesson 4, and then I would recommend making copies to use so you keep your initial blank “templates” in tact.

Note Taking Apps: Using OneNote

Welcome back! In my last post we talked about the various types of note taking apps available and some of the features to look for if you are exploring other apps. Today we are going to take a closer look at OneNote because it is a heavier duty app. What do I mean by that? This app allows for long notes–pages and pages long. It has greater organizational function and allows images, audio notes, video notes, attachments, etc.

It is important to keep in mind that this tool is available for free. I think this is one of the things that makes it so dang amazing. How often are we given such powerful tools? I should state here that I am an avid OneNote user. I freaking love the app. 🙂 So lets start with a little basic info about OneNote.

This app is made by Microsoft and either comes pre-loaded on your windows device or it is available for download. This app allows you to break things down first by notebook, then by section, and then by note. So if you picture a three ring binder with dividers and then pages between, that is how I think about OneNote.

Features:

  • Font size, color, style, highlighting, etc.
  • Paragraph settings
  • Copy/Paste and format painter
  • To Do symbols and check boxes
  • Searchable Notes
  • Syncs across tablet, phone, and computer
  • Works on iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, and Web
  • Allows template creation
  • Allows stylus interaction with touchscreen devices
  • Version history functionality (only on PC/Mac)

Pro’s:

  • Notebook, section, page structure and color coding
  • Standard Microsoft fonts and editing ability
  • Templates
  • Undo button (only on PC/Mac)
  • Version history (only on PC/Mac)
  • Spell check (only on PC/Mac)
  • Auto sync with the cloud/desktop app

I love to color code stuff, being able to use color to organize my notebooks and sections helps me visually know one notebook from another. I also use the templates a lot to create new notebooks using my favorite page layouts and structures.

Con’s:

  • No undo button on tablet/phone app
  • Version history missing on tablet/phone app
  • Spell check missing on tablet/phone app
  • Unable to drag and drop page order on tablet/phone app

On more than one occasion I have managed to delete text on my tablet while trying to select it and either copy it for pasting or to format it. Since the tablet app doesn’t have the version history or an undo button, you simply lose the text when you mess up.

Remember how I explained that OneNote uses a Notebook->Section->Page structure like a three ring binder? Well now I am going to show you how that all breaks down.

As you can see below, everything is divided into notebooks. Next to each notebook is an arrow to expand it.

 

As you can see, once you expand the notebook the sections are revealed.

 

From there you can select a section. Now, the sections run both down the left side and across the tabs at the top. You can also see the pages in the section on the right side.

 

So, the way I build a notebook for plotting and drafting is to start with a name for the notebook. I may go with an actual title or just an idea. Whatever serves my purpose at the time. Then I create my sections. Now, depending on how long the book is I may use all of my standard sections or I may only use a few for something short story length. For a full book and/or series I use these sections:

  1. Plotting
  2. Worldbuilding
  3. Research
  4. Tracking
  5. Book (drafting section)

As I get later into development I may add sections such as Promo and Beta Readers. For now let’s start with my standard 5 sections.

Plotting is my first Section. In this section I have the following pages: Timeline, Story Board, Conflict Grid, Character Dossier, and Other Characters. Plot notes is for important plot related details they may not be obvious by the event alone. Writing notes are just other notes to myself.

I recently added the story board. Sometimes I don’t use my timeline at all and I rely solely on this since it offers me far greater flexibility! Each little block of text can be dragged and dropped around on the page so as my story develops I can move plot points around on the board as needed.

The next page is the conflict grid page. This is a tool I learned from Lynn Cote. When I share my templates (and I will!) with you there is a sub-page associated with an interview that talks about the Conflict Grid. You can check it out from there and I can try to answer questions if anyone has any.

The next page in this section is the Character Dossier. I typically end up creating one of these per main character, so you may have multiple of these. I typically rename them by character. I suggest if you are writing a series where some of the secondary characters may become main characters in future books, go ahead and create dossiers for them.

The last page I use here is for other characters. These characters are the cast of supporting players who may not be important but you may need to keep track of some basic information about them. Again, use of this page may vary based on the type of book you are writing.

The next section to cover is Worldbuilding. This section may be more valuable to those writing Sci-fi and fantasy or even paranormal. But honestly, anyone can use these tabs as well. The pages in this section are: Introduction, Map/Layout, and Dictionary. Other pages can be added as appropriate based on subject matter and your world.

 

The introduction page is a place to lay out the basics of your world. After creating this page, you may find you need some additional pages for specific things.

 

One of the major things I discovered I needed was a map of my world. This could be a very basic self-created map, a picture of a map with some alterations made on top of it, the layout of a house, whatever suits your needs.

The dictionary may be useful if you are using terms your reader may not be familiar with whether because they are older, foreign, or simply replacements of modern terms you’ve created for your world.

 

In some cases, as I mentioned earlier, other pages may be required to amplify a concept or record something important that doesn’t fall in one of the other pages already created. In creating Love & Punishment I added a page specifically for Pit Night. I needed to identify the rules and some specifics about what it was and how it worked.

 

The research tab (not shown) is a section for you to keep your research notes. Nothing fancy here, just add pages as you require with images, web pages, whatever you need. Keep in mind you can embed audio, video, copy and paste web pages, insert images, whatever you need.

The next section is Tracking. Now, you can track a lot of things and you may have other things you wish to add here, but I simply track production. Word count by chapter (I like a well-balanced book) and word count by day (I am a fan of metrics. LOL!). I also make a quick note about what content was covered in the notes. So you’d see H/h dance at a ball, or H/h have hot sex. If the type of sex is key I’ll note the important elements as well.

 

The last section is the actual book. This is where I write the first draft of the story. Whether you are a linear or non-linear writer, you can add pages by scene or chapter, move them around until you’re happy and then assemble your book. I also like that with limited editing functionality it is easier for me to turn my internal editor off and just put words to the page like this.

 

It used to be that once I got to the business of writing I would swap back and forth from my tablet to my laptop, but now I have a fancy new lightweight laptop so I just take that with me. But this flexibility to move across devices is one of the things I love most about using a note app for drafting. I can very easily write from either device (and even my phone in a pinch) without missing a beat. As I mentioned in a previous lesson, if you’re on the tablet and accidentally delete words there is no way to reverse that. So, what I do is at the end of each writing session (or at intervals if I’m working for a long time) I copy what I wrote and paste it into a word document. This way I slowly build my manuscript for editing later and I preserve a back-up copy of what I wrote in case I dork out and delete stuff.

So, now you may be wondering how to set your own stuff up? Let me show you.

Click the File tab at the top left corner of the page and then select New. I create all my notebooks on OneDrive so that they are synced. You get 15 gigs of free storage which most of us won’t use up and if you refer a friend you can earn additional free storage. (Need a OneDrive Account? Get it here.)

 

Next you need to name your notebook and then click Create Notebook.

 

You will be prompted to invite others. Unless you are collaborating with another author (which would make this feature extra awesome) there is no need to do that, so click Not Now.

 

Notice now that your notebook has been created and there is a blank section created.

You will also see that things were randomly colored. If you are a color coder, you can change the color of both the notebook and the sections at will. I color mine to all match. For me Purple are things I am working on actively, Pink are simmering ideas, Blue is business stuff, and Green are class things. The templates are Yellow for visibility.

 

To change the color of the section, right click on the section and you will see the menu below. This is how you can rename a section, add new sections, password protect sections, and change the section color.

I selected Apple to match my notebook. Then right click again and you can rename the section. In this case we will call it Plotting.

 

That’s it for this post. In the next one we will cover Importing Notebooks and Creating templates so you can begin to populate your new notebook.

 

Note Taking Apps: An Introduction

Welcome! This is the first post in a series about note taking apps–specifically OneNote–and how writers can use them. I hope you find these posts helpful as you consider your own plotting and drafting processes as well as the tools you use to accomplish them!

Everyone owns a smart phone, tablet, and/or computer; and most of you have either seen a note taking app on one of those devices or you have heard of one. There are many apps such as Google Keep, Apple Notes, Simplenote, Evernote, and Microsoft’s OneNote.

The first thing to understand is that not all note apps are the same. Some are only available on certain platforms, like Apple Notes. The other four I list are useable on multiple operating systems and/or the web. So you need to decide what platform works best for you. If all your devices are Apple, then keep that in mind. If you cross from an iPhone, to an iPad, to a PC, you need to consider that.

Next you need to understand that not all note apps are the same. Some apps are designed for quick notes and shopping lists. Others are designed for heavier duty use. I love Google Keep for quick notes. Think of it like an electronic sticky note pad. It’s really designed for shorter notes, lists, and other snippets. It has a significant character limit (around 500 words) and doesn’t offer extensive organizational capabilities beyond basic tagging and color coding options. I understand that Apple Notes is a similar type app (but I am not an Apple user). Simplenote is also a simplified note taking app with no frills.

These apps are not going to be ideal for the heavy duty note taking and organization we will be looking for, but they are apps you should be aware of and may find useful both as a writer and in your everyday life.

The last two apps, OneNote and Evernote, are more robust note taking apps with organizational elements that make them very useful for authors. These are two apps in the space that can be used for plotting and drafting.

Finally, these apps should share certain feature sets that make them so handy. All of these apps should sync across your various devices. That is one of the reasons you should consider what devices you use and whether or not you cross platforms. Picking an app that will work on all your devices is ideal to allow flexibility and on the go work. I recommend also looking for the ability to paste text and pictures into a note. Because really, who wants to retype stuff or not have the picture that goes with that fabulous recipe. 🙂 Tagging is another feature I recommend in a note app no matter how simple it is. That allows you to at least group similar things and find them again easier. The last function I would look for is the ability to archive notes. That way you can clear out the clutter without having to trash anything you may want to reference later.

So, that’s your introduction to note taking apps. There are plenty more apps of both the quick note variety and the heavy duty types out there, so feel free to explore what’s available.

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A duty bound earl and a jewel thief might find forever if he can steal her heart…

Robert Cooper, the Earl of Brougham must marry in order to fulfill his duty to the title. He’s decided on a rather mild mannered, biddable woman who most considered firmly on the shelf. But, her family is on solid financial ground and has no scandals attached to their name.

Lady Emily Winterburn, sister of the Earl of Dunmere, is not what she seems. With a heart as big as her wild streak she finds herself prepared to protect her brother from his bad choices, even if it means stealing from the Ton. But marrying their way out of trouble is simply out of the question. What woman in her right mind would shackle herself to a man, let alone one of the notorious Lustful Lords?

Cooper’s carefully laid plans are ruined once he must decide between courting his unwilling bride-to-be and taming the wild woman he caught stealing–until he discovers they are one and the same. And when love sinks its relentless talons into his heart? He’ll do anything to possess the wanton who fires his blood and touches his soul.

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