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Life Hacks for Writers

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to learning of apps, sites, devices, and 123 high fiveprocesses that will make my life easier, I am a sponge. I study a new tool, practice with it, and if it works for me, I implement it immediately. A couple weeks ago, we did a post about the concept of life hacks.


Any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life. It is arguably a modern appropriation of a Gordian knot – in other words, anything that solves an everyday problem in an inspired, ingenious manner.*

This being a blog that is indirectly about writing (most of my posts are about other aspects of the publishing process – most importantly, book marketing), it just seemed like a good idea to share a great resource full of life hacks for writers and authors. This post, from LifeHack.org, is titled The Ultimate Writing Productivity Resource.

The resources in this post include:

  • 9 Free Apps Every Writer Should Consider
  • 10 Online Apps and Services Every Writer Should Check Out
  • 10 Sites Every Writer Should Bookmark (Besides Lifehack)
  • 30 Lifehack Posts Every Writer Should Read
  • 5 Online Communities Every Writer Should Join

I am familiar with some of these resources and have checked out others – but you’ll need to do your own due diligence. If it doesn’t work for you, don’t use it. If any of the links are broken, let the author know. My only grievance about this post is that it is undated, meaning I can’t tell you how current it is. The single comment I can see is from November 2014, so I’m extrapolating from that that the post Life hackis fairly recent.

And if you fancy yourself a “lifehacker” or someone who has great tips to share, you might want to apply to become a Lifehack Expert. The image at the side shows just a few of the site’s more recent posts that I found interesting and/or useful.

I think it’s important that authors stick together. If you find a useful tool, the tendency may be to hoard it, thinking, “If I share it, some other author will use it, write a book, and steal my readers.” Really, though? Shouldn’t you just be concerned about writing the best book you can? And, as I’ve noted before, there’s more power in the collective than there is on your own. The Internet is a vast, incalculable warehouse of knowledge. Spend all day, every day just surfing and you will never come across all the useful tools out there. So why try? You share what you know and others share what they know. Sooner than later, the lousy apps, sites, devices, and processes fall away, replaced by great ones that really do make life and writing and marketing easier.

Here are just a couple sites sharing marketing lifehacks:



Here’s to sharing what you know to make your writing and marketing projects easier!


*Source:  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_hacking


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