As a writer, you sometimes get met with a challenge and you can’t think of an idea. You could even have a really good idea but get distracted with what’s going on in the world of social media. There are several things that can leave you staring at the cursor blink or unable to focus. Contrary to what people believe writers don’t just come up with a full piece of perfect work right away. Below are a few tools that can help writers and editors to perfect their work or stay away from procrastination.
Web Browser Extensions
Web browser extensions are like personal assistants for your web browser. A web browser extension is a small software that you can download that stays in your web browser. It works automatically when needed while you are busy on a webpage. For writers and editors, there are a couple that comes in very handy when you are proofreading and editing pieces of work. Grammarly is probably the most useful for writers. As you type anywhere in the web browser or copy and paste content the Grammarly extension will automatically proofread for you and make suggestions for the tone of your writing.
For some writers, the best way to proofread or make sure your writing sounds correct you have to read it out loud. If your eyes are tired after completing the work or if you are a freelancer and trying to multitask companies like Notevibes have text-to-speech software that can help. Text-to speech software will convert and read any text that you put into the software. With something else reading your work for you, it’s easier to catch grammar mistakes and incorrect wording. This tool is also good for converting your notes and ideas to an mp3 to listen to while you’re working. That way if you are working on the go you don’t have to carry around your notebooks.
If you are always on the go or somewhere away from your computer, there are a couple of apps that can assist writers and editors on their mobile phone or tablet. Evernote is a great app for writers and editors because you can take notes, create task management, and organization right there on your phone. This is great for jotting down ideas and never having to lose them because most people generally have their phones on them at all times. Another useful app for writers and editors is the Forest app. The Forest app is an app that helps you to stay focused on your task by planting a tree. If you click on to something else on your phone before your time is set your tree dies which means you have become distracted. This is a fun way to keep you on task and avoid procrastination. With the help of these apps, you can be sure to get your work done faster and stay organized and avoid missing deadlines.