When you’re not just writing a series, but one that stretches from before the civil war to 100 years in the future (as I am on my fantasy/urban fantasy pen name), it takes something a bit more than a notebook to keep everything in order. Add to the fact that I’m also hoping to develop a table top RPG (role playing game) from it, well, that’s a lot of stuff to keep track of.

While I wrote previously about Scrivener and how much I love it for keeping track of characters and notes about a series, When there’s this much to keep track of, I need something…well more!

That’s where OneNote comes into the picture. While it was originally part of Microsoft’s Office Suite of products, They released OneNote 2013 free and it’s pre-installed on Windows 10 computers. If you need it, you can download it here and there are also versions for your phone or tablet.

It helps to think of OneNote as a series of filing cabinet folders or notebooks. Within each notebook you can have a “tab” (like a subject) and within the tab you can have as many “pages” as you need. it’s great to organize things. For example, returning to the fantasy idea above, my tabs include historical research (WWII), the structure of the organization, and books written and where they fit.

If you’re looking for a way to organize your work above and beyond Scrivener, or have a way to take those notes across multiple platforms, OneNote is a free solution that just might work.

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