Everyone loves free tools. But most of all, we love free tools that are actually helpful. If you're looking for a way to stay on task, organized, and push past the roadblocks of the writing occupation, then you will find at least one of these to lend you a hand. Enjoy:
-Y Writer Y Writer is a program that saves and organizes your writing into different chapters, books, and even paragraphs. Also provides tools for outlining and an ease of finding sections to edit (and separating the finished from the unfinished). Again, provides a sense of accomplishment because you actually see the results of your labor stacking up.
-Team Viewer Access files on your computer remotely over the internet. Helpful when you’re out and about somewhere writing (such as a coffee shop or friend’s house) and need access to files on your home computer.
-Slim Timer This baby will track your tasks. As the link to opening the timer as an html file (for a shortcut) on your desktop, and whenever you're doing something open up the timer, add the task, click on it, and then click it again when you're done. The website will log the time spent on each task and you can use it to see how long you spend writing, editing, researching, or even cleaning, netflix, and goofing off if you log it. It's a good tool for better time management, motivation, and goal setting.
-The Story Starter Generates story-starting sentences, which can be helpful for blocked writers and generating ideas. Even though it is obviously it uses a formula with subjects, verbs, objects, etc. sometimes the most random and senseless start-up sentence contains a creativity-sparking gem.
Visit http://emilycaseysmusings.blogspot.com/2009/06/helpful-writing-software.html for another list of tools. I recommend the Dark Room she lists there.