I have been using yWriter 5 for organization and word count because it has a section on characters and a place for notes: physical description, alternate names, biography, and the like, as well as the actual chapters. But I write in a word process and transfer scenes as I go, so I do not always have it open and easy to check my facts.
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I never use spreadsheets (some sort of neurosis holding my back from that) unless there is no avoiding them, i.e., other people have to make them and my job has to require I look at them.
Right now I have a piece of graph paper with a timeline on one side and various scribbles on the other for current important facts I keep needing to confirm. I think it is buried under a draft of my anthology and a notebook full of poetry.
So can anybody recommend a solution to this issue? I am interested in hearing novel ideas tried and true or otherwise. Please keep the spreadsheet recommendations down to a minimum though.