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Earlier today I had a call with a young lady who is working on her book. She’s been working on it for a while, but she keeps getting stuck. I totally get that. Life happens. You get caught up and drift away from your writing project sometimes. The challenge is that when you make your way back you may find yourself disoriented. You may have lost the thread of the story. You may need a lot of time to regroup and remember what it was that you had in mind before you got pulled away from your characters’ vibrant lives. One way to combat this is to use good writing tools to organize your thoughts ahead of time.
I know…you’re a Pantser, not a Planner. You don’t want to be trapped by stuffy outlines or other such organizational stuff. Okay, I’m not forcing you into anything, but I do recommend a bit of planning. Why? Well, what if you start writing and then maybe you get so busy on your day job and with family obligations that you don’t have time to write for six months? How long would it take you to re-read everything you’ve written just to get acclimated to the story again? Okay, so here are three writing tools to help you get up and running again more quickly.