As a writer, I need all the help I can get being more productive and limiting procrastination. My preferred browser of choice is Google Chrome. The apps and extensions for Google Chrome have probably inspired me, helped keep me organized, kept me focused, and saved my butt more than I’d care to admit (I say that in all honesty!). If you use Google Chrome, you can also become more productive as a writer (and hopefully less distracted by the Interwebs).
Six of my absolute favorite Google Chrome apps and extensions for writing and productivity are:
Writebox – Writebox is a text editor that works offline. It works with Dropbox and Google Drive for easy syncronization. You can use it directly in your browser and helps you concentrate on writing without a ton of distractions. The writing environment is simple and text is saved automatically with every key stroke. It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but that’s the allure. It has to be one of my favorite text editor/writing apps that there is. There are a few other text editors that offer similar features, such as Write Space and Quite Writer. Check them out to find out which one you like best!
Evernote Web Clipper – Probably one of the most used extensions in my browser. And it’s the go-to extension for industry leaders like Michael Hyatt. You can easily highlight text from any webpage and add it to your folder. You can add any of your favorite content and access it from any online computer, phone, or tablet. Find a line you love? Highlight and add. Find an entire page with info for your next #NaNoWriMo novel, highlight and add. And it’s versatile enough to use for anything else. Shopping, studying, researching, marketing. Just highlight the content you’re interested in and add it to your Evernote folder. It’s that simple!
MindMeister – MindMeister allows you to create, edit, and share mindmaps—all online. It’s an awesome mindmapping app that allows you to brainstorm and mindmap to your heart’s content. Even better, it works for collaborative projects. So you and your co-authors can mindmap the next great nvoel you’re writing! Some of the other uses listed are:
- Project planning
- Competitive analysis
- Lists/Task management
You can also export to Word, PowerPoint, PDF, and image, and more. There’s live chat between collaborators and offline editing and syncing with your Google Drive! Also available for Android, iPhone, and iPad.
White Noise – I don’t know if you’re like me, but I need the buzzing of a fan or humming of an appliance—or some other white noise—to keep me going. Now, this app isn’t for everyone of course. Maybe silence makes you more productive, or classical music…I don’t know. But if white noise helps to drown out the outside world, this app is pretty darn amazing. “Some people find that a white noise source improves their ability to concentrate by covering over irritating or distracting sounds like an annoying neighbor’s stereo or the loud traffic outside.” If you aren’t one of those people who finds white noise soothing, this app isn’t for you. But if you are, it will definitely help you to relax, reduce stress, and increases focus while enhancing privacy.
StayFocusd – Is a wonderful extension, and one of the best in my opinion. It’s also a godsend during Nanowrimo. “StayFocusd is a productivity extension for Google Chrome that helps you stay fofucsed on work by restricting the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites. Once your allotted time has been used up, the sites you have blocked will be inaccessible for the rest of the day.” This definitely helps to cut down on unnecessary Imgur browsing, Facebooking, and time-eating YouTube watching so you can focus on your writing.
ScribeFire – For bloggers, this extension is a full-featured blog editor allows you to easily post to any and all of your blogs. You can also edit, update, schedule, and delete blogs, as well as tag, categorize, save drafts, upload images, use html—you are even able to post to multiple blogs. This is great for those with author websites in multiple places. And if you’re serial blogging a part of your novel, this makes posting to multiple blog platforms easy peasy!
There you go, six Google Chrome extensions to help you stay focused, productive, and creative as you write that novel. And once you’re done polishing that manuscript, you have Kbuuk to help you publish and market! Isn’t technology amazing?
What are your favorite writing or productivity apps?