Once you've got a few ideas for your novel, the next step is to learn as much about the topic and setting as possible. This is to be done in conjunction with plotting your novel because to explore the best form and sequence of events for your novel, you need to understand at least some of the background knowledge. But finding relevant and accurate information is a challenge—not to mention keeping track of it!
I'm not even going to lie; it has taken me forever to figure out a way to keep my whole life on track, let alone the writing parts. Being able to plan everything in my life has given me the freedom to be able to spend time writing without letting anything else fall by the wayside—not to mention that now I can track writing opportunities, competitions, submission deadlines and goals, and all the books and articles I can't wait to read!
Here are the 5 'regular' apps that I use all the time, that work together to make my productivity system and keep my professional, personal AND writing lives under control.