Apologies if I posted this in the wrong forum, but I was just curious if any of you writers out there used any special programs/websites/software/whathaveyou while writing your stories?
Some background: for the past few years I've been working on this massive space fantasy-ish epic, and I always loved the process of worldbuilding and developing my characters. The problem is that I seem to always run into problems keeping all the various stuff that goes into the story organized. I've had rough drafts, character profiles, maps, plot outlines and family trees saved in at least five different formats (Word, Excel, OneNote, .txt files and copious handwritten notes) and it always becomes challenging for me to keep everything sorted and updated. Doesn't help that Microsoft Office recently got borked on my laptop and I still haven't got it fixed. (Eff you, Vista.)
So I was wondering, do any of you use any other fancy software just for keeping your stories sorted out? I've already experimented with 750words.com (mentioned here
) and have considered downloading Scrivener or yWriter. I've read that having your own wiki is helpful too, due to the convenience of making internal links. If my laptop didn't conk out on me, then I'd still be using OneNote for compiling my universe bible.
A related question: Is there a yWriter-like program out there that allows you to keep track of your characters' ages while writing a multigenerational story? Or failing that, can anyone recommend a good way to tweak Excel for this purpose?