Sunday, December 7, 2008

Circus Ponies

Another writing tool that I have found really useful is Circus Ponies' Notebook. It is, in essence, a digital version of a paper notebook, and it is remarkably fun and intuitive to use. You can write in it. You can draw in it. You can stick things to the pages. More importantly CP's Notebook builds an easily searched table of contents as you go. Furthermore, unlike a paper notebook, you can make backup copies so that you're not completely fucked when you leave your life's work propped under the table at Starbuck's.

The way this relates to novel-writing is that novel-writing is a very messy business. With CP Notebook you can keep all the bits and pieces in one location. The notebook for my novel has all my research notes (including hyperlinks and pictures), as well as separate sections for character summaries, plot summaries, and an idea journal. It's all very transparent and "just works" in a very Mac-like fashion.

Today's writing totals:
Blog: 163 words
Journal: 568 words (memoir & character notes)
DAILY TOTAL: 731 words

DECEMBER RUNNING TOTAL: 4,487/15,500 words


Brad Green said...

I'm checking out that notebook program. Thanks for the suggestion!

Bittersweet Sage said...

Hope you find the program useful! Thanks for stopping in.

Mark said...

Ooo, ponies!

That looks like a nice app, I think I'll give it a shot. Have you ever tried Ulysses ( I use it a lot for lyric writing and like it.

Anonymous said...

Scrivener has a bit of a following:

Jer's Novel Writer has, ahem, attitude:

Anonymous said...

Oh, I almost forgot supernotecard:

(formerly Miss Lonelynotes). Virtual 3x5 note cards! Whee!

Bittersweet Sage said...

To Mark: I actually use CP Notebook as my electronic laboratory notebook for work. I can mix text, data, figures, and video in one place. It's pretty freakin' awesome. We use another program to protect intellectual property.

To Anonymous: Ouches. My brains is explode from too much programs.