Try these nifty tricks

I’m often working on two different computers, the one on my desk and my laptop. All too often, the file I need is on the other computer. I’m sure some of you are also accumulating files on other devices such as phones and ipods. Well I recently discovered something called Dropbox.com. It’s like a filing cabinet into which you can place your files so that you can access them from whatever computer you’re using. It also means if something happens to your computer, your files are safe and easy to get to. Very cool. You can store up to 2GB for free, with pay plans for larger amounts.

Struggling to make yourself write or send out your work? Get a writing buddy. I recently joined shewrites.com, which is a fun place, with many resources for female writers. Another writer and I challenged each other to get our submissions done by the end of the week–and we did it. It’s amazing how just having to be accountable to someone makes you stop messing around and get to work. You don’t have to be a woman or join shewrites.com. Just tell any writing friend that you’re going to do X by Friday and ask them to check back with you to see if you did it. You can do the same for them. If nobody’s paying attention, it’s too easy to put things off to another day, another week, another year.

If you are a woman blogger–or trying to find women’s blogs–check out blogher.com. It’s a network for bloggers, with an annual conference (first weekend in August) and lots of great reading. You can hook up your own blog to blogher. Check it out.

I started searching for similar sites for men. Frankly, it all degenerated into sex. Maybe women just feel a stronger need to congregate. Can somebody out there find us some genuine online gathering spots for male writers? I’m still looking, but I’d love to hear what you come up with.

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One Comment on “Try these nifty tricks”

  1. Great tips! Thanks so much!


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