I love mind mapping to organize thoughts and ideas coherently. There is a free software called FreeMind that I use pretty frequently - not only for writing, but also for just clearing my head. It has some pretty nice features for a free software and is very user friendly. Great organization tool.
I also love using Google docs/drive. I set a specific folder to private and keep my work there. No more worries if I should have another computer meltdown. The last time I had one, the external drive I kept backups on fried at the same time. I quickly became a believer in the cloud - sigh.
I also have a little digital recorder gizmo that I keep with me. I should use it more than I do. It's tiny and fits on a key chain. Handy if you have a sudden inspiration and want to record it right quick or if you are listening to a lecture or doing an interview things like that.
Thanks ChristinS Some great ideas, especially the last one which I have always meant to put into action. It would be especially useful when I am out and about as I so often hear some gems of conversation on the bus or train which I would like to use in my writing.
Definitely, think I need a pair of earphones to hear it back. I am dead useless with my mobile phone. I must be one of those rare humans who try to forget that they actually own one, except for the occasional photo shoot of course:) I am definitely going to learn how to do it now:)
Probably, but I am one of the few people who don't carry a smart phone. My husband has his phone through work and I don't feel like spending the money on an expensive phone bill each month so I have an older model "dumb phone" without any of the fancy features . I'm sure phones could do it, but I like having my little recorder.
Indian English is the same as British English, with just a few variations here and there. The only variations are seen in slang, and I don't see that affecting anything.Then again, there are those who aren't really fluent just because it's not just their second but fourth, fifth or sixth language. And this being a majority of the people, one may assume that English in India is legit, but a thing of its own. But Google, isn't dumb and they know of these minor variations, because they do have Indian English as options on all their services just as they offer UK and US English.
But I do get your point, just thought I'd let you know some of the facts that aren't really publicised in the right way around the globe. Gotta blame the media.
If you read blogs, forums and tweets by people who have English as their first language you very soon realise that not being able to write English properly is not limited to those for whom English is a second (or 3rd, 4th or 5th) language.
Some native English speakers have an absolutely appalling understanding of English grammar and spelling.
By way of contrast some of the people I know with incredibly good English language skills are those who have learned the language as a second (or 3rd, 4th or 5th) language.
The issue is purely to do with the ability of an individual to learn and that individual's application in learning the rules of good English.
It's got absolutely nothing to do with where you were born or whether English is your native language.
Sadly the Americans have still not learned how to spell correctly! They keep changing the spelling of proper English words and leaving letters out!
On the tools front I love Evernote. I have it on my iMac, iPad and iPhone and it automatically syncs between them
Plus it allows me to * save interesting resource information * Draft notes while I'm out and about * make a note of important things people tell me * organise all my material in folders - which makes finding things really easy * pops up in Google when I'm searching for things and reminds me I've already looked before and these are the notes I saved on this topic!!! (Massive timesaver!)
Plus (major advantage) I save all my Hubs (and website pages) to it as well. Which then means I have a back-up!
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