Writing aids and resources
Tools and apps to help you get writing, from the gentle pressure of a Pomodoro timer to more extreme anti-procrastination measures.
Break up your writing and other tasks into 25-minute bursts, with breaks in between.
Tomato Timer: a free online Pomodoro timer, supports desktop notifications in Chrome, Firefox, and Safari
Pomodoro Time: a free desktop app for Mac
Tomighty: a free desktop app for Mac and Windows
Block internet use, particular websites, or everything but your word processor.
For your browser
KeepMeOut!: warns you when you make repeated visits to designated websites
Nanny for Google Chrome: temporarily blocks you from accessing designated websites
StayFocusd for Google Chrome: limits the amount of time spent on designated websites
SelfControl: free app for Macs, temporarily blocks you from designated websites
LeechBlock: Firefox add-on, blocks designated websites temporarily or at pre-set times
Anti-procrastination writing apps
Writer's Block: free app for Windows and Mac
'Writer's Block runs fullscreen and basically turns your computer into a typewriter until you reach your specified goal.'
The Most Dangerous Writing App: free online writing motivation tool
Best used for freewriting, and definitely not for your precious near-final draft. Starts to delete your writing if you don't keep working.
Distraction free writing apps
Need a break from Microsoft Word?
Ommwriter: free app for Windows and Mac, fullscreen with ambient music.
FocusWriter: free for Windows, Mac, and Linux, has timers and word goals.
EdJoWriWe writing resources
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Beyond the practicalities of previous EdJoWri-Weeks, this Handbook contains many excellently insightful anecdotes and advice relevant to academic publishing both from current professionals and from other sources.