I’ve always loved using excel spreadsheets, which probably goes back to my office job days (yawn!). But it was only as I recently plotted and planned the second book in my Silent Sea Chronicles, that I wondered if other writers had considered the benefits of using spreadsheets as a writing tool. Excel is great for;
- Planning your novel
- Plan scenes in brief (or detailed if you prefer)
I do a mixture of both on the spreadsheet. Sometimes I plot out the basic scene, but I might add a few bits of dialogue to help me get into the scene when it comes to actually writing it.
- It’s easy to copy, cut and move scenes around until you find the right place for them in the story.
- Keep track of viewpoint characters
This is great when you have a cast of characters. I don’t like to leave too long between…
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