1. Using Excel for God’s-Eye View of Your Story: “The reason I use Excel is based on a writing principle I discovered years ago. I call it getting a God’s-Eye View of the story. I realized that by typing out my outline beats in a normal word processing program it took screen after screen to go through my scenes … if you can see it all (with, say, a satellite) you can make much more effective decisions because you have more of a ‘God’s-Eye View.’”
Just one day left until NaNoWriMo starts.
If you're taking part this year, I wish you much success. Enjoy writing. The above article gives you wonderful tools to help you to outline your novel.