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The Ultimate Writing Productivity Resource

Dustin M. Wax is a freelance writer and project manager at Stepcase Lifehack. He can be reached though his freelancing site at DustinWax.com, where his various projects can be viewed. When he's not writing, he teaches anthropology and gender studies in Las Vegas, NV. He is the author of Don't Be Stupid: A Guide to Learning, Studying, and Succeeding at College.

Below is a selection; there are many more on Dustin Wax's site.


Apps to Consider

  1. q10: A cool, minimalist full-screen text editor that includes a spellchecker and a couple other nice features. (Windows Only; Alternatives:
  2. DarkRoom, also Win-only;
  3. WriteRoom, Mac-only but not free;
  4. Writer, online app)
  5. Freemind: Java-based mindmapping software. Great for brainstorming and taking notes. (Runs anywhere Java runs)
  6. EverNote: Capture formatted notes from any application to a single place. The new version (in private beta now) offers online access, too. (A paid version offers niceties like handwriting recognition.)                                   


Communities to Join

  1. Writing.com: Focused around a forum where writers offer each other support, advice, and critiques, Writing.com also offers an online portfolio, writing.com email, online submission tracking, and otehr services. Some features are paid, but you can also earn points by doing various tasks on the site.
  2. MediaBistro: Membership group for freelance writers with forums, articles, courses, and job postings. Paid members (AvantGuild, $49/yr) also get discounts on research resources like Lexis-Nexis, access to market information, and can even sign up for health insurance, dental insurance, and other niceties often unavailable to freelancers.
  3. Meetup Writing Groups: An online space for arranging off-line events, Meetup has dozens of writing groups in almost every major metropolitan area, and often a couple or more even in smaller towns. Enter your location to narrow the search down to local groups.
  4. My Writers Circle: A forum just for writers, with critique groups, job postings, advice, and general writerly chit-chat.
  5. The Writer’s Cafe: An online community with forums, reviews, and contests.

Apps and Services to Check Out

  1. Buzzword: Luscious Flash-based word processor from Adobe. Includes running word count, sharing and collaboration features, and revision history.
  2. (Alternatives: Google Docs, Zoho Writer, and ThinkFree)
  3. Luminary Writer’s Database: AN online submission tracker with some social networking features, like sharing markets with other writers (and searching other writer’s shared markets).


30 Lifehack Posts to Read

  1. 10 Steps Toward Better Writing
  2. Fifty (50!) Tools which can help you in Writing
  3. Improve Your Writing with these Editing Tips
  4. Tips and Tricks for Distraction-Free Writing
  5. Persuasive Writing for Students, Webmasters, Bloggers, and Everyone Else
  6. How to Start a Writing Critique Group
  7. Eliminate Common Writing Mistakes
  8. Beat Blank Page Syndrome: 10 Tricks to Get Your Writing Started
  9. 7 Steps to Help You Better in Writing
  10. Writing as a Form of Self-Healing


Sites to Bookmark (Besides Lifehack)

  1. Becoming a Writer Seriously: Tom Colvin is a working writer who gives tips and advice on writing, including great in-depth reviews of software and otehr tools for writers.
  2. Freelance Switch: Essential reading for freelancers of any sort, including writers.
  3. How Not to Write: News, tips, and amusements for writers when they’re not writing.