Saturday, August 1, 2009

Free Productivity Tools For Writers

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:

-Ping Me “Ping Me” is a great way to send yourself reminders, keep yourself on task, and cut down on procrastination. Set a time, date, and message, and pick your choice of a message sent to your email or cell (via text). Can be used for anniversary, birthday reminders, wake-up calls. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY FOR WRITERS: pestering reminders and pre-set deadlines that guilt you and motivate you into writing, very useful.

-Toodle do A “to-do” list organizer similar to Ping Me in that it sets tasks (deadlines or reminders) but instead of the emphasis being put on the reminding side of the tasks, toodledo places it on the organizing. It arranges tasks and deadlines into categories, tags them, has the option assigning priorities, time estimates, goals, notes, and contexts, even subtasks. It has an easy-to-use format that does a great job of secretarial work in the form of personal organization and time management.

-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 Ooooh…timer. A writing log can be a helpful source of motivation for writers, it brings a sense of accomplishment, as well as an accurate record of your toils. Though the program is intended for freelancers tracking their hours on jobs for clients, the uses don’t stop there. It is a good way to see if you’re meeting your goals for writing, and a possible tool for better time management. Other ideas for the program include a reading log to track your time refurbishing your creative juices, and a time record of the entire day, just to see where it all goes.

-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. Reviews of the free software linked to from the page.

-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 for another list of tools. I also highly recommend Dark Room, but I would like to do a review on it with pictures, so just wait a bit for that post.


Emily C. said...

Wow, thanks for these. I mentioned yWriter on my list of helpful tools for writers:

aaronaskew said...

I just downloaded it, and it is amazing. I still use Dark Room to type things up though, and then paste into yWriter. Dark Room is a prolific program, I'll post a review with pictures sometime.

aaronaskew said...

Ah noticed you gave a shoutout to Dark Room. Good article, I'll throw a link to it into the post.

Anonymous said...

Great choices of productivity tools for writers! I can’t wait to check these out.

Free productivity tools for entrepreneurs said...

Evernote is another free productivity tool for writers. It makes the lives of writers easier and the lives of trees longer! With this tool you can remember everything. You can easily take notes and clip web pages with the click of your mouse. You can organize all your notes by date, put them into folders, or however you choose.

Arshini Preetish said...

Bloggers require more time for research, write family stories and blogs, etc. They need to manage their time wisely to complete these activities each day. Definitely, they should require good time management application to schedule their daily tasks.

Every individuals intention is to control our time which it is necessary to being successful in achieving our goals. For successful time management, I would suggest to use time recording software from Replicon.

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Scott Denver said...

Writers mostly look out for tools those would make them more productive and apparently gives out the relevant result at the best. The tool that I prefer the most for productivity aspect is the cloud based time tracking software from Replicon. The hassle free tool is all featured with the user friendly and calendar based interface that makes it an intuitive tool to work with.

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