Sunday, November 3, 2013

Seven Tools For NaNoWriMo

Alright, I have just over 5,000 words, so I'm completely justified and free to write this post. (Not really, but don't worry about it. I'll get my quota in for today. Promise.)
Here I have for you seven NaNoWriMo tools: - For you pluviophiles (rain lovers). A constant stream of rain noises, with a little thunder and wind thrown in. It's very relaxing. Nice if you get bored of music or plain white noise.
I used this a LOT last year during Nano. You can choose between white, pink, and brown noise (which are different pitches). Then you can choose how loud you want it to be and have it oscillate just up to that volume. I kept it open in a couple of tabs and had all three going at once, at different volumes. My favorite pitch is pink noise. Brown noise doesn't block enough sound and white noise hurts my ears, but it's up to you. -
It says fake name generator, but it's really a fake identity generator, complete with mother's maiden name, visa number and expiration date, birthday, weight, height, occupation, company, email, vehicle, blood type, etc. etc. Very cool. -
It's like a reverse dictionary, where you can look up a definition and get the word to match. Great for when you have a large vocabulary and poor recall. I haven't actually gotten the chance to use this much. I pinned it and then kind of... forgot about it. Go figure.

Thsrs -
Look up words that mean the same thing as the one you wanted to use, but they're shorter. I don't know why you'd want shorter words except maybe when you're tweeting. But if you want it, here it is.

Haha! I've been waiting until NaNo came back around to use this. You can buy it for your computer, or just use the web app, which is free.
"Write or Die is a web application that encourages writing by punishing the tendency to avoid writing. Start typing in the box. As long as you keep typing, you’re fine, but once you stop typing, you have a grace period of a certain number of seconds and then there are consequences."
There are three settings: 
Gentle Mode: A certain amount of time after you stop writing, a box will pop up, gently reminding you to continue writing.
Normal Mode: If you persistently avoid writing, you will be played a most unpleasant sound. The sound will stop if and only if you continue to write.
Kamikaze Mode: Keep Writing or Your Work Will Unwrite Itself!

This is the only one that you have to purchase to use. It's $4.99 a month, but there's a free trial. 
I've never tried it, but it's supposed to be an online grammar checker and proofreader that gives you detailed writing tips and feedback on voice, word choice, sentence structure, and more.
Sounds neat, don't it?

So there you go! I hope this encourages you and helps increase your productivity instead of just distracting you. Good luck to everyone on your word counts, and commendations to Ashley Tahg, who doesn't seem to be having any trouble keeping up at all. Slightly jealous, as it's taking everything I've got to keep this pace up. And it's only day three... :O

Sé onr sverdar sitja hvass!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Love the Name Generator- I tend to get stuck in a rut and only use about ten names in different combinations.


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