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Subtext. The #StoryCraft Podcast Episode 4: #Productivity Tools for Writers

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Join us this week on the Subtext podcast where Darcy and I discuss our favourite productivity tools for getting writing done, keeping focused, tasks completed and goals tracked.

My Favourite Productivity Tools:

All things Writing

Scrivener

Your Complete Writing Studio (Mac + PC)
Writing a novel, research paper, script or any long-form text involves more than hammering away at the keys until you’re done. Collecting research, ordering fragmented ideas, shuffling index cards in search of that elusive structure—most writing software is fired up only after much of the hard work is done. Enter Scrivener: a word processor and project management tool that stays with you from that first, unformed idea all the way through to the final draft. Outline and structure your ideas, take notes, view research alongside your writing and compose the constituent pieces of your text in isolation or in context. Scrivener won’t tell you how to write—it just makes all the tools you have scattered around your desk available in one application.

OmmWriter
The ZEN Writing Environment (Mac, PC, + iPad)
OmmWriter is your own private writing room where you can close the door behind you to focus on your writing in peace. Everywhere you go, you have access to a beautiful distraction-free writing environment where your authentic voice is free to go where it is meant to go.
OmmWriter is here to serve you. Re-connect with your old friends Concentration and Creativity, and discover the bliss of single-tasking.

Keeping Focused

Focus@Will
“Achieve higher levels of focus and concentration through music based on neuroscience”

Coffitivity
“Stream the sounds of a coffee shop at work! Coffitivity is the virtual tool to research showing moderate ambient noise helps enhance creative cognition!”

Task Management

Droptask
The Task Manager for the list-hater.
“A visual and intuitive workspace to manage projects, tasks and to-dos individually or as part of a team.”

Pomodoro Keeper iOS App
Timer that will track and increase your productivity without burnout using Pomodoro Technique™ on the App Store.

Toggl
“Toggl is an online time tracking tool. It features 1-click time tracking and helps you see where your time goes. Free and paid versions are available.”

Goal Tracking

Write-Track
Find me HERE on Write-Track

Communication

Slack
Pick up the SLACK, be less busy “Slack is a platform for team communication: everything in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go.”

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Tell me, What are your favourite Productivity tools&tips?

#storycraft Get Things Done (Sun 6pmUSEST) #amwriting #amediting #writersroad #productivity #twitterchat

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#storycraft on Twitter
Join your hosts: @AuthorKimKoning (myself) and @DarcyConroy for the 1st 2015 #storycraft chat.

Where: Twitter
Hashtag: #storycraft
When: Sunday 1st Feb (US/UK)
Monday 2nd Feb (NZ/AUS)

Time:
12pm NZ (Monday)
10am AUS (Monday)
6pm USEST (Sunday)
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#storycraft: The twitter conversation for writers about the craft of STORY.
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Subtext. The #StoryCraft Podcast Episode 3: On Re-Writing

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This month Darcy and I get down under the layers of story and discuss rewriting. Have a listen as we discuss…
What happens after you’ve typed “The End” on your first draft?
Pat yourself on the back, do a little celebration break-dance but then crack those knuckles because the real work starts now…
From what is a first draft, to what is the difference between editing and rewriting, to how to get out of your headspace and rewrite in a fresh way…we discuss it all…

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How do you tackle rewriting?
Is ReWriting a struggle or a breeze for you?
Share some of your own methods on rewriting…

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