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Internet Tools for Writers: Furl

This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

When I go online to research or surf, one of the Internet tools I rely on is FURL. If I find something that may be interesting but not something I need to read or spend time on right then, I FURL it. In seconds I’ve given given it a filter and a tag or two so I can find it easily later. t takes a few seconds. FURL is an online service. I use their online storage so it functions like a giant file cabinet full of links that I’ve already filtered and tagged. Instead of reading through the article, essay, tip, or site, I’m able to make a quick judgement, FURL it, and tag it. Everything is stored, ready for me to read later when I’m ready for to take in the content. With Furl Im able to stay focused during the time dedicated to online research. If you need a little help, give FURL a try.

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Internet Tools for Writers: Lower your Email Anxiety

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersAre you sucked into a whirlpool of email every morning only to finally be spit out to discover 1-2-3 hours have gone by? Take advantage of the software and Internet tools to gain control. I use filters and folders so that much…

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Internet Tools for Writers: Save Time with Google Alerts

This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersIf you’re guilty of losing time on the Internet surfing for research and information, one great tool for writers is Google Alerts. Instead of you going out to find the information, Google surfs the net, mines the web for any info particular…

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Internet Tools for Writers: Comb through your computer clutter with Google Desktop Search

This entry is part 4 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 4 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersSeveral times lately I’ve needed to find a bit of information stored away in an old email or lost file. What once sucked up hours of time now happens in a blink. Using Google’s Desktop Search tool, I’m able to unearth anything…

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Internet Tools for Writers: What’s your blog’s reading level?

This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersEver wonder what the reading level is for your blog? Sooner or later someone out in cyberspace comes up with a way to answer all your questions. I ran this Down the Writer’s Path’s URL through The Blog Readability Test. Not only…

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Internet Tools for Writers: Brainstorm a new word

This entry is part 6 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 6 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersNext time you want to challenge a writer friend, see if they can spell and define the word “susurrus.” That’s today’s offering in the Visual Thesaurus Word of the Day. I signed up for Thinkmap’s daily offering not only for the definitions,…

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Internet Tools for Writers: JacketFlap networks people in the children’s book industry

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersSocial networking is here to stay. So if you’re among the thousands of writers who have not made an attempt to tickle any social networks such as MySpace, Facebook or Twitter, it’s time. Anyone remotely connected with the children’s book industry should…

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Internet Tools for Writers: Catch it with Stickies

This entry is part 8 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 8 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersI am old enough to remember life without the Internet, typewriters prior to word processors, and index cards before the dawn of Post-its. I love stickies. Canary yellow, pale pink, turquoise blue, and spring green, the list goes on and on. Now…

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Internet Tools for Writers: Teamwork versus Basecamp project management

This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersOnline project management┬ásites can provide useful tools and an additional way to duplicate files of all your ongoing work. Last year I set up a free account at Basecamp for my current novel. I liked it well enough but due to health…

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Internet Tools for Writers: What’s your IP Quotient? Assessing your Internet presence

This entry is part 10 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 10 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersSocial networking has changed the way writers present a public face and they must now consider their IP quotient or Internet presence when engaged in online activities. Writers, many who are by nature introverted and wary of any crowd numbering more than…

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Internet Writing Tools: iGoogle

This entry is part 11 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 11 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersOne of the things I like best about today’s tools found on the web is the way they bring everything to me. Instead of having to go out and search, much of the material I like to skim, surf, and read arrives…

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Writing Tools & Strategies: Five minutes to story

This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersStart off the week with a quick batch of 5-minute timed writings. To make it easy, I’ve found a handy tool called TimeLeft. In minutes I had the program downloaded and installed. Ten minutes later I had a clock, a stopwatch, a…

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