One key to organization is having the right resources. Here’s some I think are essential to a writer.
Laptop computer: If you have a laptop, you can take it wherever you go. You don’t have to worry about if a computer will be available or about transferring files. It’s all right there.
Microsoft Word: Microsoft Word is the standard word processing program for professionals. When you send e-files to publishers and agents, they will most likely want you to send those files in Microsoft Word. This link and this link give some hints on how writers can use MS Word.
Notebook: You need a notebook and a pen that you can take everywhere with you. You never know when inspiration will strike.
Printer: A good laser printer is worth it’s weight in gold.
Three Ring Binder: After finishing your novel, print it out to edit it and place it in a 3 ring binder. You’ll also need a hole punch for this.
Red Pen: Essential tool for editing.
Good Chair: If your backside or back is hurting, it will be difficult to get your daily word count done.
Computer Desk: If you have a laptop, get a portable laptop desk.
These items, while not essential, are great to have.
Writing Software: There’s some great writing software out there that is absolutely free. If you’re an outliner, I recommend Y-Writer. If you don’t outline, you’ll still need a program to keep track of your notes, characters, and research. I recommend MS One Note. If you have MS Office, you probably already have One Note on your computer. I also recommend Writer Tools. This is an add-on feature for MS Word and has lots of nifty tools such as a search for clichés and an ly finder.
Internet: The Internet is a great tool for research and marketing. It also has many blogs like this one that will teach you the craft of writing. When you’re ready to get published, the Internet will help you research publishers and agents.
Planning Board: This is basically a bulletin board where you can tack maps, story boards, and anything else you might need at your fingertips.