Dustin Wax created what's below
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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
A cool, minimalist full-screen text editor that includes a spellchecker
and a couple other nice features. (Windows Only; Alternatives:
- DarkRoom, also Win-only;
- WriteRoom, Mac-only but not free;
- Writer, online app)
- Freemind: Java-based mindmapping software. Great for brainstorming and taking notes. (Runs anywhere Java runs)
- 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
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.
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.
- 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.
- My Writers Circle: A forum just for writers, with critique groups, job postings, advice, and general writerly chit-chat.
- The Writer’s Cafe: An online community with forums, reviews, and contests.
Apps and Services to Check Out
- Buzzword: Luscious Flash-based
word processor from Adobe. Includes running word count, sharing and
collaboration features, and revision history.
- (Alternatives: Google Docs, Zoho Writer, and ThinkFree)
- 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
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30 Lifehack Posts to Read
- 10 Steps Toward Better Writing
- Fifty (50!) Tools which can help you in Writing
- Improve Your Writing with these Editing Tips
- Tips and Tricks for Distraction-Free Writing
- Persuasive Writing for Students, Webmasters, Bloggers, and Everyone Else
- How to Start a Writing Critique Group
- Eliminate Common Writing Mistakes
- Beat Blank Page Syndrome: 10 Tricks to Get Your Writing Started
- 7 Steps to Help You Better in Writing
- Writing as a Form of Self-Healing
Sites to Bookmark (Besides Lifehack)
- 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
- Freelance Switch: Essential reading for freelancers of any sort, including writers.
- How Not to Write: News, tips, and amusements for writers when they’re not writing.
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