8 Nifty Tools in My Copywriting Belt
Nobody said these had to be strictly writing-focused websites to play an integral part in the process. Music can be one of the best creativity and productivity drivers, provided you have the right music. 8tracks is a website full of user-curated playlists for every category and style under the sun. It's great because every song has been hand-picked, so it's not using an algorithm to guess what might be your taste, and you can find playlists specifically designed to help with the task at hand. You can search for multiple keywords, including activity, artists or genres. So, if you're like me and work best to a little Celtic crooning, no problem.
Oh yeah, you read that right. Talk about motivation, amirite? If you have trouble staying focused on your writing, or focus a little too hard and spend three hours on one sentence, you might need a productivity app. If you think it may take the threat of violence or emotional torment to get your butt in gear, this is definitely app for you.The concept is simple: Set a word goal and a time frame, and write consistently to meet your goal or be punished. The "punishment" can be set as anything from sudden images of spiders to the sounds of out of tune instruments or babies crying. There's even a "kamikaze mode," which will begin deleting your work if you don't continue writing quickly enough. Whew! The full version with all its settings costs $20, but there's also a limited-feature trial version that is still effective.
So maybe trial by fire isn't your thing. Maybe you do need some help with motivation, but work better with a little positive reinforcement. Imagine if ... every time you wrote enough words ... an adorable kitten appeared. Or a puppy, or even a bunny rabbit! Welcome to Written Kitten. That's all there is too it, really. For every 100 (subject to your setting) words you write, you're rewarded with a photo of a cute n' fuzzy. Second best only to getting an actual live kitten for every 100 words.