7 Tools I Use to Organize My Stories

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Efriend Sacha Black interviewed author Jillian Davis and asked about the tools she used to build her story. Sacha wasn’t asking whether she used a computer or pen-and-paper, rather what literary tools-such as character profiles and timelines. I found myself nodding my head over every one Jillian mentioned.

But I wonder how many people use the sort of tools I do. When you Google pictures of writers, you often get something like this:


…or this:


I’m more this:


Let me share my writer’s tools and tell me if you do the same:


I pre-draft in a spreadsheet. It’s about a dozen columns and hundreds of rows. I often rearrange the rows as a plot point changes and add rows to enhance detail. When I’m done with this pre-draft, I convert the spreadsheet to text and start the editing process.

Here’s what it looks like:

pre-draft a novel

Character profiles

I fill out an extensive…

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3 thoughts on “7 Tools I Use to Organize My Stories

    dvberkom said:
    August 28, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Interesting article. I’m pondering whether to use Scrivener–lots of writer friends use it and LOVE it, so maybe…


    Jacqui Murray said:
    August 28, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks for the reblog, Charlie.


      Charles Ray responded:
      August 28, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      Always a pleasure. Your blog posts are always so helpful.


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