I’m using Google Docs to write a novel — steal my tips

Writing a book is on many people’s bucket lists, but it’s easier said than done. Storytelling involves a lot more than chewing on the end of a pencil and creating genius one-liners that will be quoted for generations to come. It’s a continuous process of drafting, revising and receiving feedback. As someone working on her first novel, I’m well aware of this (sometimes humbling) fact.

I realized I needed help early on in the first draft of my work in progress. Every day, it seemed like I wasn’t writing quickly enough, often enough, well enough. To make matters worse, I lost all my progress when a writing program I was using crashed. I knew if I was really going to do this, I needed a tool to better support my writing. So I switched to Google Docs.

Docs provided me with the flexibility and resources I needed to power through my first draft, and I’ve discovered even more features while doing revisions and working on a few other stories too. If writing a novel is a goal of yours, too, here are some ways Google Docs can help you make it happen.