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I'm addressing the below edit to the question specifically as I think both of the previous answers would still apply. Both answers (by CLockeWork and Dale Emery) recommend to not get stuck on missing information and instead use a placeholder and continue. That is what I did while I pumped out the first draft of my novel in the course of ten days. ...


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I think there's an assumption at the center of your question: That when you lack some crucial piece of information that is not readily available in your head or your offline files, you are therefore stuck and cannot make progress. I think that assumption is false and problematic. What makes you stuck is never lack of information. What makes you stuck is ...


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This comes down to what exactly you mean by "while writing." To me writing is the act of getting the story down, just as laying out the plot is preparing, and editing and proofreading are different stages again. With that in mind any online resource can be a distraction. That's one reason why I've favoured pen and paper for so long: it doesn't matter how ...


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As Lauren loves Scrivener I love LaTeX! It lets you code your books, build reusable modules and makes laying out text a breeze. Writelatex.com is an amazing free site that lets you work with LaTeX online, work collaboratively and save your documents as Zips or PDFs. We use it to write the rulebooks for our tabletop games and RPG systems; we have a template ...


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This is a job for Scrivener! :) Scrivener is an incredibly flexible writing program. It allows you to sort your thoughts into multiple documents within a project, see two documents at once, create hyperlinks, drop in photos and audio files, and then export as Word or print to PDF. You can view your documents as notecards on a corkboard with tags and ...



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