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What Helps Me Write

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This is day 19 of my journey to publish something every day (M-F) for 30 days.

Today my publishing target is to upload the latest emails to writeaholics.net. I haven't done it yet because it is still early morning and I don't usually do technical work until the afternoon.

I am a morning writer. I get my best inspiration and get far more writing done in the mornings. By the afternoon, my creativity can wane, so that's why I write in the mornings and make a list of other non-writing jobs to do in the afternoons. Sometimes it doesn't work this smoothly, but most of the time it does.

Today I thought I'd share with you, different things I use that help me write.

Every writer is different. We write at different times of the day and we use different products and software that helps us to work more efficiently. And below is a list of resources I use to help me write more and earn more.

13" Mac Book Pro
I don't have a big computer. I used to be a dedicated Windows person but a few years ago I decided to check out an Apple computer and I've never looked back. My little Mac Book Pro is simple to use and I run my whole writing and publishing business from it.

Jump Cut
This is a little piece of free software I use. It's a clipboard. The Jump Cut icon sits on my top menu bar and whenever I copy something, it is saved to Jump Cut and I can scroll through everything I've copied all day and re-use it. I've set it to display the last 60 items I've saved.

Mindful Mynah
This is another piece of software. It's a little bird that I've set to sound a church bell every 25 minutes. It helps bring me back to the present moment and stops me wasting time surfing the internet or reading unimportant emails. This little app is a real time saver.

DreamWeaver
This is mighty web page creating software from Adobe. It's expensive to buy but it saves me so much time because I can upload pages in one click, make changes site-wide instantly and do most designing without using code. I update my websites on an almost daily basis.

My Fountain Pen
I'm more creative when I write by hand. I use a fountain pen because it's so easy to use. The ink flows across the paper without the need to press. The only downside is having to refill it all the time. But they say you should only write in short bursts anyway. But for the sake of speed, I only outline by hand and then I sit and type my articles and ebooks, etc, on my computer.

My Diary
I have a hard cover diary that has a whole page for every day and it's where I write all my notes for what I'll be working on over the next few days. I also have iCal on my computer that I use for reminding me of important dates like when my website hosting for one of my websites needs renewing, I even use it to remind me when to stop working because I have something else I need to take care of.

iPad
I use this for reading ebooks while I'm having a break. If it's an ebook I'm studying (a writing course for instance), I'll also have a pad and pen with me to make notes. I have a Kindle app on the iPad and I download ebooks about different types of writing and how to make money online.

Hymalayan Salt Lamp
This sits next to my comptuer. It gives off a soft, orange glow. The salt is said to give off negative ions. It is believed that computer screens, or any screens, draw negative ions to them and so cause an imbalance in the room. The salt lamp helps even things out. This provides a calming balance of ions which induces creativity. Too many positive ions can cause headaches and lethargy.

Audios
When I'm not writing, I listen to audios about writing and making money. I have an iRiver which is similar to an iPod but it's not WiFi. I can simply drag and drop audio files onto it and off it. I am usually plugged into my iRiver when I'm cleaning the house, the car, walking the dog or gardening.

And that's it. That's the way I roll when I'm working. I make use of as many things as I can that make my life easier.

Because, while I love my work, I don't want to make it hard work.

But it's different strokes for different folks, as the saying goes. So find what works for you and go with that.

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