The first month of a new year can go by really fast. Right now you might be thinking, We're already at the end of January?! Where did the month go? I've barely made a dent in my goals! If you feel that way, don't worry. There is still plenty of time this year to crush your goals, as well as ways to increase your productivity to make it easier.
(Want to know what our crew members are working on this year? Check out our 2016 goals here!)
Here are a few tools that you can use to boost your writing productivity in 2016 and beyond.
Scrivener is a writing program (available for both Mac and PC) that saves you time and keeps you organized by having all of your writing materials (manuscript, research notes, images, even website bookmarks) in one place. There are so many cool features - too many to list here - but my favorite is the cork board, which has virtual index cards for each of your scenes that you can move around and organize.
To get started, check out these video tutorials on the Scrivener website. Author Dee Romito also has a few step-by-step tutorials on her website. I highly recommend downloading the free trial to check it out for yourself! It might seem overwhelming at first, but play around with it and you'll get the hang of it in no time.
Cost: $40-45 after a 30-day free trial
One of the best ways to motivate yourself and increase your productivity is to track the progress of your goals on a daily basis. myWriteClub helps you do that with the help of progress bars and graphs. Once you create your profile, you can add friends and cheer each other on. They even have a word sprint page, where you can sprint alongside your myWriteClub friends or other members.
The Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro Technique is a time-management tool where you write (or revise) in 25 minute increments with short breaks in between. It allows you to be productive without burning yourself out. If you have trouble staying focused and end up distracted by the Internet, challenging yourself to work for only 25 minutes at a time may help.
Cost: free! You can buy the official timer at the website, or download a paid app to your phone, but if you use your own timer, you don't have to spend a dime.
Write or Die
If you're really serious about writing more and faster, check out Write or Die, a program that forces you to write continuously. If you stop writing, there are various consequences, including one that deletes words! The latest version also has a reward mode which lets you choose a reward if you continue writing. If consequences and rewards motivate you to write more, this one's for you.
Have you tried any of these tools with any success? Do you use any other tools or techniques to boost your writing productivity? Share with us in the comments!
Happy writing and revising!