Clarisse David

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I write YA romance and love romance novels, Netflix TV shows and BTS. Read more.

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5 Writing Tools That Will Supercharge Your Productivity

Writing tools are fantastic.

When you're struggling, they give you that extra push so you can reach your word count target.

In this blog post, I'm going to talk about five writing tools that have helped boost my daily word count immensely.

Before we begin, though, I'd like to remind everyone that these are tools that worked for me. My writing style might be completely different from yours. If one tool doesn't work for you, go ahead and explore something else, okay?

Now that we have that out of the way, let's get started.

1. Scrivener

Scrivener has been a complete game-changer for my writing. It's a writing processor for fiction writers. As soon as I open it, I get into the Must Write This Novel mindset, and I get excited to tinker with and add to what I've written so far.

Also, it's not just for drafting your book. You can also use it for plotting, developing characters and so much more. Once you're done, you can even export your draft into epub or PDF formats.

2. Writeometer

This is an Android app that helps you track your writing. You can add a writing project and set a completion date for it. The app will then calculate how many words you need to write per day to meet your deadline.

It has a simple but very motivating reward system. Every time you complete a twenty-five-minute writing sprint, you get a guava. You can use your guavas to reward yourself with a cookie or anything that will motivate you to INCREASE YOUR WORD COUNT.

3. Sprint Writing Timer

This website helps me so much every time I don't feel like writing. In essence, it's a timer that lays out everything for your writing session. It gives you three minutes to prepare then you're supposed to write for forty-five minutes (divided into three fifteen-minute sessions with ten-minute breaks in between).

If you need more structure in your writing sessions, Sprint Writing Timer will do wonders for you.

4. Write or Die 2

Write or Die 2 is quite similar to Sprint Writing Timer, but it's ten times more extreme. The goal is to write 500 words in fifteen minutes.

You have to write without worrying about grammar or spelling or if you're saying things right. If you stop writing for more than a few seconds, the screen will go red and you'll hear this alarming sound.

If you want something more hardcore, you can write in Kamikaze mode. That particular mode actually deletes words if you stop writing for a little while. It's even more evil because it deletes words randomly instead of in the order you wrote them.

5. Block Site

This isn't a writing-specific tool, but it's going to boost your word count nonetheless.

Block Site is a Google Chrome extension that does exactly what its name says. You add websites to your Block List, and you won't be able to access them anymore. Every time you attempt to do so, you see a guilt-inducing message that reminds you you're supposed to be working.

I often hang out on Twitter and Instagram when I should be writing instead, so this tool has minimized distractions and forced me to focus.

P.S. Earlier this year, I swore to myself that I wouldn't post writing advice on this blog. But desperate times call for desperate measures. It's only day 3 of Blogtober, and I'm already running out of content ideas. Haha.


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