Thursday, December 11, 2014

Apps for Authors: 10 Writing Tools

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Everyone thinks that talent and creativity are the first determinants of a writer’s success, but people who have actually made an attempt in writing, know that there is much more to it.  The greatest struggle that writers face is their inability to manage their time and find the energy to stick to the given schedule.
The last thing you would like to do, is start using too many writing tools that would burden your schedule even more.  However, the right choice of useful tools to organize your writing (and your day) can make you a much more effective and devoted writer.  This is a selection of top 10 tools that every writer should try:

 
1.  TextExpander 
Aren’t you frustrated when the speed of your fingers is disproportionate with your hectic thinking patterns?  With the help of TextExpander, you can start typing more with less effort. By pre-programming short abbreviations that you can automatically insert throughout the writing, you will save a lot of time and avoid making silly typos.
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2. Ninja Essays
Make sure to bookmark this website, since it can save you in the most unexpected situation.  Whenever you face a writer’s block or need a helping hand in editing, the writers and editors at custom writing service Ninja Essays can provide the most effective (and cost-effective!) solution.
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3. Toggl
Keeping track of time is a crucial element in your daily writing schedule.  Toggl enables you to do that with a single click and manage the time you spend on different task, so you can start performing them more effectively.  The tool is available as a Chrome extension, but you can also use it directly on its website.
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4. Focus Booster App The name of this app is self-explanatory: it enables you to stay centered and develop a regular routine according to your productivity patterns.  Focus Booster app uses the Pomodoro time management technique, which has been proven as effective by many writers who relied on it.
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5. TeuxDeux TeuxDeux enables you to create a minimalistic, but visually compelling “to-do” app that will keep you on track with your planned achievements.  You can use the browser-based version on your computer, but TeuxDeux is also available as an iPhone app that you can use on the go.
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6. Remember The Milk
It’s easy to forget about the real world when you start working on the next big writing project.  This app will serve as your link to reality and help you manage all tasks through smart planning.
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7. Dropbox
This product has definitely deserved the hype!  It enables you to sync all files on different devices with a simplistic drag-and-drop system.  You don’t have to worry about your work getting lost when you start saving it in the cloud.  The ability to access Dropbox from any device will help you take your projects wherever you go.  Even if your phone goes for a swim, your stuff is always safe in Dropbox and can be restored in a snap. Dropbox secures your files with 256-bit AES encryption and two-step verification.
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8. MindMeister MindMeister is one of the most effective mind mapping tools available on the web. If you are used to the old-school method of mind mapping (which doesn’t involve anything more than a pen and paper), then you should definitely switch to modern technology.  MindMeister will help you plan the characters and events in your novel, short story or any other project you are working on.
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9. Docstock
There is hardly a writer in this world who likes bothering with legal work, but that doesn’t make the legal aspect unnecessary.  Thankfully, you can always turn to DocStock when you need a high-quality legal document that will provide a safe foundation for your writing activities.
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10. Freedcamp
This website offers free project management tools and apps for running your business as a writer. You can start using Freedcamp to effectively manage different writing projects, especially if you’re working on them simultaneously.
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Become a better writer with the right tools! With all due respect to old-school writing methods, technology tools have much more to offer.  If you are struggling with procrastination, lack of focus, inability to edit efficiently or any other obstacle that keeps you away from the perfect final product, then you should search for a solution through some of the 10 tools listed above.    
About the Author: Robert Morris is freelance writer from NYC. Now he is working on his first YA novel.  Meet and follow him on Google+
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1 comment:

  1. I know that nost of students are struggling to finish up their paper before a deadline. I am on the same boat... Once, I decided to find a competent agency to help me out with my writing.

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