#1 Back it up!
Stop what you are doing and back up all your work. Not just the current projects, ALL of them. Copy them to the cloud, a thumbdrive, email them to yourself and make DVDs. Use automated backups, turn on autosave. Don't forget offsite backups. I have heard horror stories of house fires.
Use technology to secure your files.
#2 Information Resources!
Technology is more than just Google. Google is awesome and I use it to find references and tools. I Bookmark and organize websites that I find useful. I create catagories. Create a writing resource library of your own. It will save you a ton of time, provide inspiration, and answer all your questions. From anywhere you are writing! The beach, your office, a library or any coffeeshop.
There are lots of devices I have discovered that are important. I might as well just make a list:
- Desktop computers with multiple monitors
- Laptops, Tablets and Advances Phones
- A good Printer/Scanner/Copier
- A fax machine. (yes and actual FAX)
- External hard drives for backups
- Thumb drives
- Mobile hot spot
- Computer camera and mic for teleconferencing
- A white board (low tech, but so useful)
- A writers room with excellent lighting, desk, and chair.
- Quality digital camera (for location scouting)
- A great stereo
- An excellent coffee maker!
This category will be discussed in greater detail. Here is a list of software tools I use often:
- Scrivener, my absolute favorite
- MS Word
- MS Excel