10 Tools to Help You Keep Writing

    tips to help you keep writing

    Do you have tools to keep writing, once the first rush of inspiration is over?

    Because, inevitably, the muse will depart, and leave you feeling deflated.

    Now all you have is the blank computer screen.

    How do you keep writing?

    A coffee fix to come unstuck? Visit Twitter? Or follow some new friends on Instagram?

    Such distractions may help, but when it comes to getting you back in the zone, these can be huge time-wasters, leading you into a downward spiral.

    You need more than a distraction to get back, and keep writing.

    Here is a List of Tools to Keep writing

    Even if you’re super-motivated, you’ll still find these handy when you need that extra boost.

    FOCUS 

    Do you find it hard to focus, especially when you’re on a deadline? I know what that feels like.

    Here are three tools designed specifically to keep you focused:

    1. StayFocusd

    It’s good to add a dash of variety to your day by browsing cool LOLCats memes. Or do a little bit of Facebook-ing every now and then.

    But it can get difficult to limit these time-sucking activities.

    A simple Google Chrome extension, StayFocusd blocks unwanted, distracting websites when you’re writing.

    Set the total time you want to allocate to non-productive activities during the day and StayFocusd will take note. It lets you stay on unproductive websites for a while, but knows which of them are highly addictive and blocks them once your time is up.

    Unlike other apps, you don’t have to set separate timers for each site. This makes it difficult to cheat by heading to a new site once the current one’s time is up.

    StayFocusd is free to download and available in the Google Chrome webstore. Simply go here and click the “+Free” blue button on the top. Then say “Add.” Congratulations! StayFocusd is now watching your every move.

    2. Quabel

    Quabel is a distraction-free writing editor that gives you the space to focus on writing.

    True to its purpose, Quabel has just three buttons in the writing mode—to publish or save your work, to set your writing goal, and to choose the night or day mode as background.

    You can set goals based on word count, characters, pages, or minutes of reading/speaking time, and it shows a progress bar at the bottom once you start.

    Quabel

    You can try their basic version for free or buy the premium one at 3€ per month. 

    3. Ilys

    Ilys helps you get your creative juices going. It’s an editor with a twist—you’re not allowed to edit anything you write, until you reach your goal.

    Once you create a free account (upto 10,000 words), you’re asked to set a goal in words. You can also choose their Ninja mode with no visible letters.

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    The idea behind Ilys is to acknowledge the fact that your rough drafts aren’t supposed to be perfect. It shuts your internal editor from yapping, so you can focus on what matters—writing.

    You can go premium at $1.08 per week, charged in 12-week blocks.

    BETTER WRITING

     Does your writing come across as stilted?

    These tools will add punch your writing, making it more effective.

    4. Cliché Finder 

    This simple app does exactly what it says. Copy and paste your content in the text box and hit the “Find Clichés” button.

    Cliche Finder

    It’s got a simple, clutter-free interface, and is free to use.

    5. oTranscribe

    When I’m feeling the block, I simply record my voice, as if I’m talking to a friend.

    There’s something about speaking to yourself which makes you come unstuck. Granted, a lot of what you record will be deleted, but not everything.

    oTranscribe

    That’s where oTranscribe comes in. Instead of paying for transcriptions, you can get your YouTube videos or audios transcribed for free. What’s not to love?

    6. Hemingway

    There is a perfectionist hidden in most writers. We often worry about awkward sentences and phrases, too many adverbs, and the excessive use of passive voice.

    But worrying comes in the way of writing. Keeping this in mind, the app has made it refreshingly simple to spot these gremlins.

    Hemingway

    It is loosely based on Hemingway’s writing style—clear, short and declarative sentences. Worth a try!

    7. The One-Minute Writer

    It’s hard to stare at a blank sheet of paper and get your creative juices flowing. This is where a writing prompt can help.

    The One Minute Writer

    This free website gives you daily writing prompts and a one-minute timer to spend 60 seconds on writing. Simple, but super-useful, and inspiring.

    PRODUCTIVITY

    8. Scrivener

    The hands-down best productivity tool for writers is Scrivener. You can use it to write fiction, as well as non-fiction.

    There is an excellent course to get the most out of Scrivener: Learn Scrivener Fast.

    SOCIAL MEDIA AND MARKETING

    Let’s face it. You’re no longer “just” a writer; you’re an entrepreneur who puts their best work in front of the right people.

    Using social media will help you get the exposure you want, but you still want to protect your time so you can keep writing.

    Here are the tools that will help you.

    9. Buffer 

    Increasingly, being a writer means you must also be a marketer.

    If you’re a freelance writer, you are in the business of writing, and how you market yourself can make all the difference between advancement in your career and getting stuck.

    Even authors and publishers need marketing to stand out of the crowd of competitors.

    Enter Buffer, a comprehensive tool to manage all your social media accounts. It’s simple to set up a free account with Buffer. Login with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or email, and you’re set.

    You can then connect all your social media pages, and schedule posts inside Buffer. It also gives you cool suggestions if you’re in need of some inspiration.

    Buffer

    Keep a tab on how your posts are doing with Buffer’s Analytics and Insights.

    10. Rapportive

    I’m a huge fan of LinkedIn because it brings me a consistent flow of clients. Naturally, a tool that helps me be more present on LinkedIn will get my undivided attention.

    Rapportive works with Gmail to bring LinkedIn profiles straight to your inbox. Want to connect with a magazine editor before you pitch them your idea? Try Rapportive.Rapportive 2

    However, the biggest advantage of Rapportive is that it can help you find the email address of almost anybody in the world. Think prospects, companies, clients, agents and editors—anyone. Here is a tutorial on how to do that.

    Writing Rituals to Keep Writing

    Humans are creatures of habit.

    The interesting thing is that your subconscious mind doesn’t differentiate between good and bad habits.

    You can choose which of these tools to use to develop new writing habits. The key is to be consistent.

    Soon, a new neural pathway is formed in your brain, helping you to keep writing.

    Did I miss your personal favorite? Tell me about it in the comments and I’ll be sure to check it out!

    About the author

      Pooja Lohana

      Pooja is an Online Business Coach + Writer & Editor. She helps new writers find more clients and live the Un-9-5 life. Check out her step-by-step course on breaking into freelance writing.

    • Monerath says:

      I must say you have hi quality articles here. I love the quote saying without trust there is no collaborations. this is true. This is what I learn.

    • im i agree with this all, thanks for your sharing. Maybe i can use it on my writing activity.. god bless u..

    • Dara says:

      This is a beautiful tip. thank you

    • Vicheth says:

      that is a great inspiration for writing, indeed.

    • Jane says:

      Thank you for the interesting pieces of advice! I always had difficulties overcoming writer’s block, that awful feeling when you run out of ideas and spend hours in front of your laptop with several lines written only. I always try to search for any sources of inspiration like nature, poetry and travelling. By the way, I have one weird habit as well)) I mostly start writting after midnight. At that time only crazy ideas cross my mind).
      Not long ago I started working for ResearchPaper4Sale.com Clients seem to like my essays. I hope they really do.

    • Never thought there were tools like these though we can get as much as help.

      Thank you Pooja!
      This will help a lot with my incoming writing projects.

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    • David says:

      It’s really hard to focus when you’re on a deadline.

    • My favorite tool is Zen Writer which hasn’t included in the list.

      It helps you focus on your writing without any distraction. Do check it out if you want to write smoothly!

    • Brant says:

      This is an amazing resource! I found out about Topsy here.

      Thank you!

      Brant

    • Andrew says:

      I have found CogitoEditing.com to be extremely useful! Check out their website.

    • Jacky says:

      Wow, never heard of Cliché Finder.
      Thanks for the info!

    • Peter says:

      The one minute writer looks really interesting Pooja! Will check it out.

      • Pooja says:

        Give it a go, Peter! 🙂

        Pooja

    • Johana says:

      Writing – is The Art. Sometimes it’s so hard to concentrate and continue writing… Thanks for services! Linkedin is number one.

      • Pooja says:

        Indeed. It is one of my top marketing tools 🙂

        Pooja

    • Hello,

      Very useful tools you give in this post.I am so happy to found this tools information.It’s totally helpful for me.Now I will try it and share to my friends.Thanks a lot to share awesome post.

      • Pooja says:

        Glad you enjoyed the post Sonam!

        Pooja

    • Perfectionism is fascinating, isn’t it. Your distinction between perfectionism and excellence is well made.

    • Ryusho says:

      Thank you for this article and the list of some wonderful tools. However it appears the link for Cliché Finder is not to a valid site, and definitely not to an actual tool for writing. Perhaps it is temporary and will be repaired, however you might want to monitor it so your links are valid.

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      • Pooja says:

        Thank you for letting us know Ryusho! Corrected now.

        Pooja

    • Renee says:

      I think that your final point about writers being a creature of habit is spot on. The interesting thing for me is that I am a blogger who needs to write better. For example, my niche topic is WordPress and Blog tutorials. I understand and am passionate about my niche but I am not a great writer. That is what I hope to improve.

      • Pooja says:

        Hi Renee

        You’re spot on. Writing is a habit. So is reading, that in my opinion helps you write better.

        The idea is to create rituals for both. And these tools can help you do just that.

        Thanks for commenting!

        Pooja

    • I’ve found the best routine for me is to get up, make coffee, sit down with my laptop and write. Doesn’t have to be good, just has to be words on the screen. Bad writing can always be scrapped or edited. No writing only convinces you that you can’t do write.

      Thanks for tip on Topsy. Another important part of my routine is to select at least one topic to write the next morning before I go to bed. Then I don’t have to think about it. I put a reference into Evernote and while I’m having my morning coffee I reference it and start. Topsy will give me some good hints on current trending topics so I can be current.

      • Pooja says:

        Hi Michael,

        I love the idea of writing on a topic the next morning. You subconsciously prepare yourself before coming back to the desk.

        And you’re right — words can always be edited or scrapped. The important thing is to produce them for either action to take place.

        Thanks for stopping by!

        Pooja

    • Dan Kennedy says:

      A huge “Thank You” for Rapportive. I found the email addresses for 6 prospects immediately after reading this. Saved me an hour of digging.

      • Pooja says:

        For sure, I love Rapportive! It’s a life-saver in my arsenal.

        Glad you found it useful Dan.

        Pooja

    • Kimsea Sok says:

      Thanks for sharing..! I found useful resources here.

      You know..? Writing sometime is the most obstacle for me. I tried to meet the dateline by producing at least 2 quality contents a months. However, sometime I could do only single article a month since the time constrain or blogger’s blocked.

      I tried to keep writing and focus on my article topic, but I could not that. Then, I skip writing and spend sometime for enjoy on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. I know that some people told to write offline and stay away from social media platforms because it is writing obstacle.

      I found Stayfocus is really using information and I am going to download and test that.

      Again, thanks for sharing..

      • 8top10 says:

        I meet the same problem and I hope this will help me out the problem of writing. I just want to focus write one article per day only.

        • Pooja says:

          I think distraction is a common problem and you can’t deny it. What matters is how you handle it. In my Kindle book on online business productivity, I share how keeping my Gmail inbox tab open distracted me ALL the time.

          I’d check my email every few minutes or so and lose focus.The solution? I closed the email tab completely so there was nothing on the browser to distract me. When the tab was gone, I simply forgot about email and could focus better. That worked pretty well for me.

          Thanks for commenting!

          Pooja

    • Katherine says:

      These tools give us options when we’re stuck or completely distracted and lacking focus. I’m excited to try some of these next time I struggle with my concentration or just need a creativity boost. There are so many tools out there, thanks for bringing these to my attention!

      • Pooja says:

        Thanks Katherine, glad you found these useful!

        Pooja

    • Kim says:

      Great compilation! I tried The One-Minute Writer this morning. I think it’s going to be making a regular appearance in my blog! Still checking out the other suggestions. Thanks!

      • Pooja says:

        Great! Let us know how you go with the One Minute Writer Kim.

        Pooja

    • Hi Pooja,

      Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for the tips, very useful, and i look forward to checking them all out.

      I also look forward to reading more about such articles, they’re not only helpful but motivating as well.

      Thank you.

      • Pooja says:

        You’re welcome, and I’m glad it helped! 🙂

        Pooja

    • Of all these tools, I’m looking forward to oTranscribe the most. I already use Hemingway in combination with Grammarly and together they make word alchemy.

      Thanks!

      • Pooja says:

        Thanks Anthony, let us know how you go with oTranscribe.

        Pooja

    • Ernest Enobong says:

      What a big help! Thank you.

    • Gia says:

      Thank you thank you!
      These are extraordinary, I will share with all my fellow writers and aspiring writers.
      All my best,
      Gia

      • Pooja says:

        You’re welcome to share! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

        Pooja

    • I have 2 blogs and a writing schedule I follow for each one so it keeps me busy most every day. You didn’t mention Hootsuite. It’s is like Buffer and has decreased my social media marketing time by 80%. I am on each morning for about 15-20 minutes nd everything is set up to deliver to multiple sites, groups, pages etc, for 24 hours. The rest of the day I can focus on emails and writing.

      • Pooja says:

        Hi Susan,

        Hootsuite is a good alternative, yes. Personally, I’ve used both Buffer and Hootsuite and I think if you’re just starting out, Buffer is cleaner, clutter-free and gets the job done quicker. Hootsuite can be distracting sometimes.

        That said, I think it is still an invaluable resource.

        Thanks for stopping by!

        Pooja

      • arunreasey says:

        I meet the same problem and I hope this will help me out the problem of writing. I just want to focus write one article per day only.

    • How cool! I had no idea any of these tools existed. Thank you 🙂

      • Pooja says:

        You’re welcome! Glad it helped.

        Pooja

      • WOW, Your post made me speechless. All the tools you shared were very useful for writing good blog posts. I will share all the tools mentioned and will also provide you a link in my blog for this post. Thanks for this valuable information.

    • My favorite is the Hemingway Editor. It is surprisingly good!

      • Pooja says:

        Thanks Mary — I agree. Hemingway is one of the best tools I’ve discovered. Simple yet efficient.

        Pooja

    • Juliar Nur says:

      Thanks for the article, keep remind me about how to be “not an ordinary” writer.
      Anyway, i myself, only need Beeth, Coffee, and smoke to keep me focus. But it is true, i can’t keep myself not edited, even if i just type it. i need learn how to greatly think the word and the line i use before start writen and edit my draft after it done

      • Pooja says:

        Haha — I’m the same with tea! Need two cups a day 😉

        Thanks for stopping by Juliar.

        Pooja

    • Alex says:

      Hey Pooja,

      Excellent post. Very helpful especially for a newbie in the blogging world, like me. 🙂

      Alex

      • Pooja says:

        Blogging and writing go hand in hand, so yes keep that list handy Alex! 🙂

        Pooja

    • Miguel campaner says:

      WOW. Just WOW.

      Never thought there were tools like these.

      Thank you Pooja! This will help a lot with my incoming writing projects.

      Cheers!
      Miguel

      • Pooja says:

        You’re welcome Miguel! Let us know how you go.

        Pooja

    • Hey Pooja

      Great to find you here too! #HUGSSS

      Thank you for this ah-mazing list of ‘productivity’ tools for a writer. I do a lot of transcription, so O-Transcribe could be a life saver. Thank you so much!

      Kitto

      • Pooja says:

        Hey Krithika,

        Glad I could help!

        Thank you for stopping by 🙂

        Pooja


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