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5 Apps That Can Improve Your Writing Skills

5 Apps That Can Improve Your Writing Skills

As a writer, if you want to get better, the biggest thing you can do is to keep writing. The more you write, the more consistent you become, and the better a writer you’ll be. Having a great writing environment is a huge part of that, but the biggest thing is to keep writing. Here are 5 apps that can help you do just that, and improve your writing skills.

Scrivener

Scrivener

    Writing a book, e-book or even a screenplay? If you’ve got words for a project that you need to get organized, Scrivener lets you do just that. Built with a notecard system, Scrivener makes it easy to rearrange sections and chapters and still see everything at once.

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    It’s built by writers for writers and is the simplest thing in the world if you want to get words on paper, get them organized and get them published. Once you use Scrivener, you won’t go back!

    OmmWriter

    Omm Writer

      OmmWriter is for when you want to go into zen writing mode and just put words on paper (er, screen). No formatting, no distractions, all writing. The program goes full screen so the only thing you can focus on is writing. In addition to that, it has a series of calming backgrounds and hypnotic soundtracks that put you in the mood to write. The right writing environment can make all the difference sometimes and OmmWriter provides just that.

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      WordPress

      Wordpress

        One of the best ways to keep writing is to start a blog. There’s a lot of blogging options out there, but the best long-term option is WordPress. WordPress powers almost 20% of the internet (including LifeHack!) Getting your words out there and posting on a regular basis is a simple way to ensure that you’ll be publishing — over and over and over again — which is really the only difference between writers and people who want to be writers!

        iaWriter

        iaWriter
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          If you’re writing online (using WordPress or something else), you’ll have to deal with formatting. You can do it manually or you can do it via html — both of which are a little time-consuming. iaWriter bypasses this by using a markup language called “markdown” to format the posts for html. With a few specific formatting markups while writing, iaWriter will automatically format your posts for html, which saves tons of time down the road.

          While there’s a bit of a learning curve to start with the markdown language, once you get the hang of it, it can speed up your overall writing, editing, formatting and publishing process. Keep in mind that this is mostly useful for sites where you’re writing online. If you’re focused on offline projects, then the other apps in this list will be more useful.

          Google Docs

          Docs
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            If you write, you need an editor. There are lots of collaboration tools out there, but none simpler than Google Docs. You can share and collaborate with countless others, track changes and see updates in real time. If you need to work with a few people remotely and don’t want to deal with tracking 20 different versions of documents scattered around your hard drive — get Google Docs, start collaborating there, and be done with it.

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            Last Updated on September 25, 2019

            7 Best Project Management Apps to Boost Productivity

            7 Best Project Management Apps to Boost Productivity

            Project management doesn’t need to be a complicated thing, not if you have apps that make things a whole lot simpler. When you have project management apps, you can take care of your team, tasks and deadlines, without even being in the office. You don’t even have to spend a lot of money to get most of the apps you might need.

            Here are the 7 best project management apps to super boost your team’s productivity:

            1. Basecamp

              It’s probably the most well-known project management app out there. It allows you to organize projects that act as a central location for everything and contains such things as to-do lists, notes, events, files, and much more.

              It is user-friendly, and has a free 30-day trial period. After that, the plan is $99 per month.

              Find out more about Basecamp here.

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              2. Asana

                If you are looking for something that is not difficult to use, check out Asana. This is a great task management app that can be used for managing projects as well.

                In a nutshell, Asana helps you create and share task lists with your team. The app is simple but smart enough and has got a lot of integrations. Teams with up to 15 members can use Asana for free. Teams with 15 members and up can choose plans that range from $10.99 per month.

                Find out more about Asana here.

                3. Casual

                  This is a unique app that offers a different way of doing things. On Casual, you plan your tasks just by drawing them as a flowchart. The neat thing is that Casual helps you visualize and track dependencies between tasks.

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                  This app is incredibly intuitive and works great for personal projects, as well as for organizing projects for small teams. You can try it for free, and if you don’t like it, there is no obligation to pay for anything.

                  Find out more about Casual here.

                  4. Trello

                    This app is incredibly user-friendly, and is based on Kanban boards. It actually works like a virtual whiteboard with post-it-notes.

                    Trello is great for organizing your to-do lists, ideas, and is very easy to use. You can create several boards to use for various projects, and it’s free of cost. Trello is available to iOS and Android users as well.

                    Find out more about Trello here.

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                    5. OmniPlan

                      This is an awesome app for iPhone and iPad users. If you love Gantt charts, this is definitely an app that you can get a lot out of.

                      You start out by creating a simple project outline. Then you can use the app to help you through every step of the project until its completion.

                      A standard plan for iOS costs just $99.99, and the pro plan is only $199.99.

                      Find out more about OmniPlan here.

                      6. Podio

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                        This is a great app for medium and large-sized teams working on projects. The special point about Podio is that there are additional features such as CRM and social intranet.

                        There are four different packages: Free, which is free for up to five employees and five external users; Basic, which is $9 per month per employee; Plus, which is $14 per month per employee, and Premium, which is $24 per month per employee.

                        Find out more about Podio here.

                        7. Microsoft Project

                          This is one of the most commonly-used project management apps. However, it is also one of the most difficult apps to use. It does have a lot of features that are popular with project managers, which is why we have chosen to include in on this list. You can customize reports, track burn rates, and stay on track until projects are complete.

                          The basic plan starts with $7 per month, which allows you project team members to collaborate in the cloud, via web browser or mobile.

                          Find out more about Microsoft Project here.

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