9 time-saving tools for writers

We all want to get things done faster and better, right? These tools can help you do so.

Have you ever had a great idea, but not the time, discipline or will to put it into writing?

All writers and content creators struggle with the same problem—they are hit by inspiration at the weirdest moments, but it evaporates by the time they get to their computers and start writing.

The solution is to use tools. The tools below will not only provide you with a way to write down your ideas whenever they strike, but enable you to better organize your time and create more content.

Writing tools

1. Write or Die

Possibly the most popular writing tool currently available, Write or Die, is a must for every writer. If you’re easily distracted by social media, this tool will immediately bring you back to work.

You don’t have to start in Kamikaze mode—it will be painful to watch the program delete your work if you fail to write effectively—but do give yourself higher goals and stricter consequences as you start getting used to the tool.

2. Quabel

Among all online tools that limit distractions, Quabel is possibly the cleanest and most effective. This online text editor allows you to write without being distracted by unnecessary buttons and features.

3. NinjaEssays

If you’re on deadline but struggling with writer’s block, you need to pull out the big guns. NinjaEssays puts professional writers at your disposal. You can get assistance on any type of content from talented writers who never seem to run out of ideas.

The extensive team includes experts from various industries, so you can also rely on their assistance if you have to complete a project whose topic you don’t understand. The experts can save you from a huge amount of research.

4. Plotbot

Plotbot is an online editor that automatically formats your writing according to widely accepted standards. Although the software was developed for editing screenplays, it can be an essential tool for writers who can’t focus unless their pages are perfectly organized.

Organizational tools

You can be the most talented content creator in the world, but you could never reach your full potential without proper organization. If you don’t manage your time effectively and organize your ideas, both you and your readers will end up frustrated.

5. Wridea

Wridea is an effective idea management service. This tool enables you to categorize your ideas under convenient groups so you can easily track them whenever you want.

Wridea provides brainstorming tools that will help you pull ideas from the hidden parts of your brain. It takes seconds to create new idea entries, and you can update them later when a new wave of creativity attacks.

6. Cherrytree

This tool is a “hierarchical note-taking app,” but its functions go beyond that simple explanation. Cherrytree provides spell check, syntax highlighting, rich text, list handling and many other useful features. This tool can serve as your personal notebook, but with better organization and management.

7. Bubbl.us

If you’ve never tried a mind-mapping tool, start exploring the concept with bubbl.us. This website enables you to do some effective brainstorming and mind-mapping without complications. The interface has an intuitive drag-and-drop feature that will help you keep pace with new ideas.

You can easily save and share the mind maps, but you can also collaborate with other users on the same mind map.

Productivity tools

You are undoubtedly talented at developing content, but that doesn’t mean you’re always as productive as you want to be. There are days when you can’t keep up and want to quit. Don’t do that before trying some of these tools.

8. StayFocusd

If you want to fight online distractions, StayFocusd should be your first weapon. This website blocker won’t allow you to access distracting websites during an active working session.

If you prefer Firefox over Chrome (StayFocused is a Chrome extension), try LeechBlock. It works similarly.

9. Tomato.es

You have surely heard about the Pomodoro Technique, but have you tried using it? Those who haven’t may claim that it’s ridiculous, but many have proven its effectiveness. Tomato.es is an effective Pomodoro timer that will help you reach your highest levels of productivity.

No matter how devoted you are to your career, there is always more space for growth. Start exploring some of the resources listed above, and you will be much more satisfied with your achievements. If you find the right tools, you will be able to produce more high-quality content without wasting a second of your time.

A version of this article originally appeared on JeffBullas.com.

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