When I ordered Microsoft Office 2010 it came with an item called Microsoft OneNote. It was never included in an Office package I purchased before so I'm thinking the difference is I ordered the one that included small business. OneNote Notebook is a looseleaf notebook with tabs and pages created for businesses to share between employees and upload on webs. Anyone can add pages or notes when shared. Great for businesses but fabulous for a writer who makes three ring binders for each novel!
I decided to use it to plan a new middle grade mystery. I listed the elements of a book like plot, character, description on the tabs at the top. After that I clicked on Characters. Under the tab I can make pages for each character. Each page is listed on the right so you can click quickly between each one. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning filling out pages. No more creating pages, printing, punching holes, and including it in the binder. And I can add pictures of the characters I find on the net!
A few minutes ago I created a second notebook entitled "Personal". My first tab is Submissions 2010. I inserted my flash drive and dragged the Submissions Excel file to the notebook page. Now the submission file is on the page. I can add anything else I want to the same page from typing, inserting, or dragging and dropping from other files like diagrams, charts, photos, etc.
Have any of you used this in your writing? Does Mac have anything similar?