by Jenny Hansen
I dream of being an organized person, but being an organized writer would be even better. I’m popping in here on a Sunday, so excited to have found my shortcut to organization, that I had to share!
Awhile back, I did a post here at WITS called 10 OneNote Features That Will Rock Your Writing World. I love this program so much, particularly for us writers, and I honestly didn’t think it could get much better but…last week, it did.
I hate paper. I lose paper. A program like this, available on my phone, is practically orgasmic for me because: “YES! No more paper.” That means: No more writing down the best plot idea in history, and then losing the index card/Post-it/notebook it’s written on.
Microsoft just unveiled several new changes to OneNote, but here are the three I think will make writers dance with joy.
1. It’s now free.
Yep, a cool new app…available across all platforms and tablets…gratis. (Let the squeeing begin!) Writers are poor, so this is exceptional news.
2. OneNote for the Mac.
All I hear from my Mac pals is “Evernote..Evernote” and I looked at it to see what the fuss is about. Evernote is good. OneNote is even better. However, it wasn’t available for the Mac until last week. (Download from iTunes)
Some writers simply MUST write longhand. It’s part of their creative process and that’s what they do. The End.
Your time has arrived, Longhand Writers.
Currently, I write with my stylus on my Surface, then use the “Ink to Text” feature to convert my writing to searchable text, which is pretty cool. But the tablet is small, and it stops my flow to scroll down.
What if I could just use special notebooks and a Livescribe 3 pen to write and make diagrams, then send all that straight to OneNote on ANY device? Oooooooh!
A great visual of the new OneNote:
If you’d like to have a class on OneNote, led by yours truly, a two-week online course begins tomorrow. (Don’t fret. It’s On Demand as well, so you can watch any old time.) The materials are geared toward creatives but it’s open to anyone.
The class details:
- Course title: OneNote: The Simple Organization Tool for Writers
- Course time: webinar is tomorrow, Monday March 24th at 7 pm EST – it’s available OnDemand afterwards, so don’t worry if you can’t make it.
- The initial webinar is followed by two weeks of online time where we cover the material and create notebooks.
- I want to save my WITS pals some moolah! Use discount code MORECOWBELL for $10 off!
Lastly, we’re going to have THREE special things for this kickoff class:
- A member of the Microsoft OneNote team will audit the class to answer any questions.
- A drawing will held for attendees to give away one subscription of Office 365.
- Interested authors will be entered into a drawing to guest post for the Office blog. In return for the description of how OneNote helped you “get it done,” Microsoft will promote the winner’s novel at the bottom of the post.
Really, y’all…how can you beat that? (You can’t! This inaugural class is the only one that will have all this, since it comes so quickly on the heels of Microsoft’s rollout.) Click here to sign up!
Are you an organized writer? (If so, what are your tricks?) Did you know Microsoft was doing all these cool upgrades? What are your questions?
About Jenny Hansen
By day, Jenny provides training and social media marketing for an accounting firm. By night she writes humor, memoir, women’s fiction and short stories. After 15 years as a corporate software trainer, she’s delighted to sit down while she works.
When she’s not at her personal blog, More Cowbell, Jenny can be found on Twitter at JennyHansenCA or at Writers In The Storm. Jenny also writes the Risky Baby Business posts at More Cowbell, a series that focuses on babies, new parents and high-risk pregnancy.