Personally, I’m a google docs stand…forever because it’s free. Scrivener, Campfire, Milnote, etc. are cool.
I’ve done some free trials of the big platforms. I love the set-up, the platform, the different sections. If I could afford them, I might venture to subscribe to one, but I’ve set up my google docs to have sections in folders all for free so even if I do become a famous author with publishing deals and tons of money, I think google docs will still have my heart. For a long time, I just wrote and never took advantage of what it was capable of so here’s some things you might not know about Google docs. Here’s 11 of my best tips.
- First off, you probably know this auto save. I’m obviously terrified of losing my work. I used to write in my notepad, and I lost the whole chapter. It was a sad day but google docs has autosave that saves every few seconds.
- Also, word of advice name it please, name your document so it doesn’t get lost in the sea of other things in your google docs.
- Add page numbers. Go to insert and near the button, you can choose what kind of page number you want, and this is important for later.
- Set up your headers.
- So, if this is my writing document, I’ll write the chapter and the title of the chapter. Once you write that highlight it and click on the icon on the top called ‘normal text’ and you have the options of many different sizes and title and subtitle options.
- When you select whichever one you want it will create a table of outline on the side of your document, which is great so you can get to a different section of your story faster or if you’re writing an outline you can get to the different points, but it’s also great for world building so you can section off many different parts.
- I do like outlining in google docs but when I’m finished with that, I like to post the different sections of my outline in google keep. Google keep is amazing, go to the side of your docs and you should see a yellow icon with a light bulb. If not just type Google Keep in your browser and set it up. I love it because you can see your notes as you type on the left side of your screen.
- Also, don’t forget to update your…