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Helpful tools


Week nine of the Tech Savvy Writer posts. Today, we're covering miscellaneous helpful tools.

There are a few more things I want to cover before you’re released back into the wilds of the internet.


Distractions on the internet are very real - social media, gaming and virtual window shopping can eat away at our time, not to mention all of the streaming sites.


If you find that distractions are ruling over your writing, internet blockers might be helpful.



Internet blockers:


Mac users win out here - Macs reportedly have their own built in internet blocker called Self-control. I can't give you much more info than that, as I am a windows and android user. I don’t use macs or iPhones in my writing life. I do know of quite a few writers who are Mac users that swear by it.


For the rest of us, there’s Rescue Time, which offers a Lite version for Free. Plans start at $6 a month.


Another option is Freedom. It’s great because it works on Desktops and on mobiles. There’s a free trial, and plans start from $7 a month.


Music:


If you’re a bit like me, it can be hard to get started without some sort of background noise. There are all sorts of music streaming apps - such as Spotify and iTunes.


Certain scenes seem to require ambiance when writing - at least for me. If you feel the same way, check out Table Top Audio.

Table Top Audio is the premier, advertising free / free-to-use, user supported ambient game audio site on the web.

It's an amazing site that offers up situational audio files that you can customise within the site using SoundPads. Well worth a look.



Sometimes, just the hum of voices is enough to get the creative juices working. If that's the case for you, try Coffitivity. It recreates the ambient sounds of a cafe to boost your creativity and help you work better. There are loads of free ambient sounds - or you can go premium for $9 a year.


If you don't have a stable internet connection - or prefer to write offline - and you're an Apple user, try Coffitivity's offline version instead.


Stay tuned for next week, when I'll share the final instalment of this blog series, and the one that you've been waiting for - Words and Gaming.


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