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Beating procrastination

When it comes to actually getting words written, I like a distraction-free environment. Scrivener is my go-to for planning and organising but I need something even more stripped down for really beating my habit of procrastinating wildly (cleaning the oven is a popular way of avoiding something that really needs writing!).

I’ve tried a few programs and websites over the years but these are my four favourites, in no particular order except the first one!

Q10

q10

Cost: Free
Customisable: Yes
Music: No
Standalone: Yes

Q10 is far and away my favourite writing tool. It’s standalone, so I don’t have to be online to work, and I can set it up exactly how I like it. No distractions, no bells and whistles, just a simple, practical typing tool with a handy wordcount feature and a clock so I can keep an eye on the time. Did I mention that it’s free?

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Writer

Writer

Cost: Free
Customisable: Yes
Music: No
Standalone: No

Writer is really an online version of Q10, and again it’s very customisable. What sets Writer apart is that you can download in PDF format as well as plain text, and if you write on various different devices it’s a great way of keeping everything in sync. Again, there’s a wordcount feature but the drawback for me is that I’m online – which means the urge to procrastinate is still there!

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ZenWriter

zen

Cost: $9.95
Customisable: Yes
Music: Yes
Standalone: Yes

If you’re looking for something slightly more aesthetically pleasing you really can’t go wrong with ZenWriter. It looks beautiful, there’s a choice of music (or you can add your own), and you can choose one of the included wallpapers or use your own. It’s not free – but it’s not too expensive either.

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Write Or Die

WriteOrDie

Cost: $20
Customisable: Yes
Music: No
Standalone: Yes

I’m not really a fan of Write Or Die, although I have used it in the past and I know plenty of people who use it and love it. If you need to be poked to write, this is probably the software for you. If, like me, you just get irritated and resentful by reminders, this isn’t. It’s also the most expensive program on my list (although still not exhorbitant).

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