Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tuesday Tip: Google Docs

As many of you know, I have collaborated on several projects with children's author Corey Rosen Schwartz. When we first started, we used instant messaging and back-and-forth emails. It wasn't the most efficient method of co-writing, but we made it work.

Then came Google Docs, and it changed our writing lives! How did we ever collaborate without it?

With Google Docs, Corey and I can view and edit the same document at the same time, and see each other's changes as they are made. There is no need for sending files back and forth through email, or copying and pasting.

But even if you are not one to collaborate on writing projects, there is still something to love about Google Docs. You can upload documents and invite people to read them and/or edit them, which is a great tool for critique partners. And, of course, it is also a good way to back up your files online.

So, check out Google Docs if you haven't discovered it yet!


  1. I second that! It is awesome. Also allows you to access your docs from anywhere! So, if you are visiting relatives or whatever, you can always pull up your WIP.

  2. I use Google Wave with two other picture book writers to share critiques. I like real time element to it too.

  3. Corey, is that a hint? ;-)

  4. I've not had a chance to try it out. That sounds really useful! Thanks for sharing your experiences.


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