Tools That Will Make Your Writing Faster and Better

EDITOR’S NOTE: Because there can never be too many articles on internet writing tools…right?

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by Amy Cowan

For writers, having the skills to write effectively and clearly is essential. But apart from that, you also have to learn how to write faster especially when you are working on deadlines or when you have word quotas for the day. Writing fast without compromising the quality of your work requires time and constant practice. With the help of these tools, you can learn techniques and you can make it easier for you to write faster and better.

1. Plotbot.com

With this amazing tool, you can write screenplays in your browser. Whether you are writing on your own or with friends, you can write from any browser. There is no need for to format or to install. On top of that Plotbot.com is a free tool and very easy to use. This site can help you write your own screenplays whether in private or in public. For public screenplays, you can invite friends or even find new friends. It is also much easier for you to track changes and to even revert to previous versions. By using this free tool, you can start writing with efficiency. All you have to do to enjoy the complete feature of the site is to sign-up using Facebook.

2. Wridea.com

Writers take time to compose their work. Whether it is an essay or a novel, the very first thing that you need to do in order to create an organized and well-structured content is to organize your ideas. How do you want your work to appear like? This is where most writers consume their time. But with tools like Wridea.com, it is now much easier for you to organize your thoughts and ideas. This tool is very useful so that you will not have a hard time when it comes to brainstorming and organization of ideas.

3. AussieWriter.com

Even professional writers need help sometimes. When you are just too busy and there are so many things do, there might be a need to pay for writing or editing services. Among the best firms providing such service is Aussiewriter.com. This site offers a wide array of writing services depending on your need. Since their team is composed of only the highly skilled and most talented writers, you can rely on the quality of their work. When you have to beat the deadline, you never have to worry since they can handle and deliver the work on time. All you have to do is to provide the instructions and pay for it.

4. Pen.io

If you are in search for a tool where you can easily write and publish your post online, Pen.io is one of the best sites out there. This is an easy to use blogging platform for writers. Signing up is fast and easy. Once you have written your work, it would just take seconds for you to publish your article. What is nice about this platform is that not only you get to publish it really fat, you can easily share it with other online users. There is no need for any set-up. All you have to do is to just write and hit the save button.

5. Writemonkey.com

Another great tool that can help you write fast is Writemonkey.com. For writers, being able to work on a clutter-free environment is definitely important. With this website, you can avoid any distraction since this tool provides a full screen mode which allows you to concentrate on your work. What is nice about Writemonkey is that you not have to install anything. You can just copy the files and start doing your work.

6. Dailygrammar.com

A topnotch and talented writer would not only showcase his creativity but even his technical skills. For new writers, many are still struggling especially when it comes to the right grammar usage. One of the best tools that you can use to help you learn about grammar is Dailygrammar.com. This site offers really useful teaching tools not just for children but even for writers. It provides more than 440 lessons, 88 quizzes and other online resources that you can use to use the right grammar and to avoid committing the usual mistakes.

7. Quabel.com

Let’s face it. When you have so many things and worries you think of, it can be really challenging to focus and to concentrate on what you are writing. But with sites like Quabel.com you can enjoy distraction-free writing. With this tool, you can just focus on your writing. It also helps you write your work to achieve your writing goals. Wherever you are, you can access your work since the tool allows you to sync your work which enables you to access it anywhere.

Writing fast and better sure would take time and hard work. And with these tools, you can further develop that skill. Not only do you get to write quality content, you can also finish your work without spending a lot of time making you more productive.


Amy Cowen is a professional editor and writer. She provides writing advice to students and those who need writing help. She believes tools like these could be of great use to young writers.

HOW TO QUIT YOUR DAY JOB TO WRITE

Q-q-quit our day job? Yikes, what a terrifying thought. And yet there comes a time when a person’s gotta do what a person’s gotta do. This particular TVWriter™ minion has been teetering on the edge of making that decision for awhile now. Thanks to the following article, I’m much better equipped to go for it now:

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First Steps to Becoming a Full-Time Screenwriter
by Cary Tusan

I quit my day job – not because I’m leaving to go to another company, or because there’s a job offer. No siree Bob. To write. That’s right, to spend my days writing and being creative.

There comes a time, a crossroads, in every writer’s life to “take the blue pill… or take the red pill.” One thing is for certain, it’s not an easy choice. Neither is deciding if yesterday’s t-shirt passes today’s sniff test. I took the red pill, but luckily I didn’t wake up naked in a tub of goo with a giant tube shoved down my throat. Instead, I woke up in bed after my last day on the job and thought “So, now what?”

Here’s what I learned in my first couple weeks of writing.

1) Give yourself time to decompress. Don’t put in your head that you have X number of days, months or years to “make it happen.” You are already making it happen by focusing on the writing. The decompression is all about adjusting, and despite what others might say or think, it’s not being lazy. I’m a TV writer, so what I did was spend time to catch up on TV. Not Mob Wives, Real Housewives of Whatever, or any other Wives. I’m talking about scripted shows that are in the same genres that I’m writing, such as  Episodes, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Black-ish. It’s relaxing and research, really.

Hike or go out of town, even for a day. There’s a whole world out there to experience. A world filled with strange, interesting people to write about: a writer’s goldmine.

2) Stay busy. Don’t do busywork, but go out and meet people. Once everyone knew that I was leaving to go write, I scheduled coffee, lunch, or drinks. Whether it was business or personal, it was all positive. There’s something freeing about meeting someone you know in the middle of the day during the week. I was lucky to arrive early for coffee, as everyone in Hollywood also has the same idea, so seating is at a premium.

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Indie Video: DRINK

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Terrific acting, a solid script, and direction that makes everyone look like a pro make this film by PaperCraneProductions a stand-out. Writer-Director Emily Moss Wilson and writer Larry Soileau have very bright futures indeed:

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A Twilight Zone-inspired cautionary tale about a young mother forced to come face-to-face with her deepest desire.
STARRING Austin Highsmith, Nolan Gross, Noah Swindle, Jake Muxworthy, Carter Jenkins, Virginia Tucker, Ron Harper
Directed by Emily Moss Wilson
Written by Emily Moss Wilson + Larry Soileau
Produced by Greg Wilson + Benjamin Grayson
Contact: drinkthemovie@gmail.com
© 2014 Paper Crane Productions

KEY CREW:
Executive Producers Angelo Restaino, Ryan Cheevers, Hugo Perez, David M. Moss, Charlotte Moss
Co-Producer John Bucher
Director of Photography Jeff Webster
Music by Joseph Trapanese _+ Jason Lazarus
Production Design by Brittany Bradford
Casting by Gina Gallego
Wardrobe by Amanda Mae Meyncke + Danielle Gilbert
Edited by Chris Witt
Makeup by Rachel Kooyman
Hair by Matthew Nolan
For more, visit DRINK on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3305450/r…

Meryl Streep, NYWIFT Launch Program For Female Screenwriters Over 40

The only thing better than the news below would be that it wasn’t necessary. Thanks, Meryl!

by Ross A. Lincoln

imgresThe Writers Lab, a program targeting older female screenwriters, was announced at the Tribeca Film Festival today during a panel featuring Meryl Streep and the New York Women in Film & Television Tribeca. Streep, a NYWIFT Muse Award honoree, is helping finance the program with the organization in an effort to support and mentor female screenwriters over 40. Touted as the only program of its kind worldwide, the lab aims to counteract perceived gender and age bias affecting creative women in the film industry. Funding was provided in part thanks to a “sizable” contribution by Streep, who has a longstanding relationship with NYWIFT.

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munchman: Life Lessons from Power Rangers

If you’re just reaching the neighborhood of being 30 years old, chances are that there was a time in your life when you watched the hell out of POWER RANGERS while your mother shook her head sadly and muttered something like, “Such a terrible waste of time….”

Well, we’re here to tell you that it wasn’t a waste of time at all. It was awesome prep for your future. (Whaddaya think of that, Ma? Oops, no, I didn’t say anything. Nope, not me. This guy, OTOH:

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Kids shows are pretty cheesy. Power Rangers, doubly so. The idea of learning real, adult life lessons from the shows we loved as kids sounds silly, but sometimes things stick with you. Here’s what the Power Rangers taught me that actually stuck around. Seriously.

Don’t Let Other People Make You Feel Like Crap

Bullying isn’t a new trope for kids shows. In my day, though, there was no one who epitomized the nerdy stereotype more than Billy, the Blue Ranger. His role on the show was to be an egghead, despite the show’s heavy emphasis on solving problems by punching them. In the early episodes, people couldn’t even understand the way he talked. He needed someone else to translate his geek-speak into human words.

Being a nerd came with a lot of self-esteem issues, especially in the 90s, before being “geeky” became cool. The Rangers addressed this often, but it was especially poignant in an episode called Dark Warrior. In this episode, Billy gets bullied by the disgustingly lovable Bulk and Skull (again). Finally, he’s had it. He decides to learn martial arts to defend himself. At the end of the episode, though, he doesn’t use his newfound skills to take down the bullies (Trini’s invisible uncle takes care of that). Instead, he says, “I really just needed to prove to myself that I could do it.” In the end, what he felt about himself was more important than what others felt about him.

This was one of the hardest things to learn once I started writing professionally. Writing for the internet is extremely public. For a long time, I wanted to write, but I was terrified of putting myself out there. Best case scenario, my work would be read by a lot of people, many of whom would probably hate and mock it. Worst case, it wouldn’t get read at all. Neither felt like it would be good for my self-esteem. It would be a lot safer to just do my boring office job and keep my work to myself.

Billy never would’ve done that, though. Billy wanted to be part of the team, to make himself better and take chances. For a shy, scrawny nerd, he did rather well for himself. As the show went on, Billy became a better fighter and a better communicator. Oh, and he invented all kinds of gadgets the team needed, including their communicators, teleporters, and a freaking flying car. Rather than let the opinions of other people push him around, he used his skills to make the team better. Sitting out the fight wasn’t an option.

This lesson took on an even more sombre note when I became an adult and found out why David Yost, the actor who played Billy, eventually left the show. Off screen, David was bullied for his sexuality by producers and other crew members. Knowing that he was bullied off screen just as much as on screen hurt the child in me. At the same time, it made the lesson I learned from him all the more powerful. Despite the abuse, he stuck around for nearly 200 episodes and a movie. He was the only ranger to appear in every single episode of the Mighty Morphin series, and he was the second-longest running ranger ever. Being pushed around, insulted, and mocked never convinced him to stop doing his best work.

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