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If you're a surgeon, it's very helpful to have some good surgical tools.

If you're a carpenter, it's very helpful to have some good carpentry tools.

If you're a copywriter, it's very helpful to have some good copywriting tools!  

As a copywriter myself, here's a list of the most useful tools I've personally found:

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Great list Neville. I would add a comfortable keyboard to the list. When I switched to a wireless Apple keyboard it was much easier to type than on a laptop in my opinion. Keep writing, I love your stuff.
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1) Using a Timer.

When I set a deadline, it creates pressure on my mind to complete my writing task .

If I don't use timer, I will do everything but writing.

2) Mindmaps to plan what points I will be including (mindjet, is paid. Freemind is free :) )

3) Scrivener helps me to store drafts and finished work in an organized format.

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Evernote, reading aloud (voice memo app on iPhone), and Google Doc (to copy the first draft over from Evernote and vet).
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Guest TopGunZ

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A large keyboard + a mouse (instead of the laptop's inputs) and a big flat TV (mine is 40") help you write with greater comfort. Also, an optometrist visit. If you have a problem with your eyes, even if it is small and barely noticeable, it can multiply your wear and tiredness. Now, for more software oriented tools, definitely a good cloud storage service (I have 1TB on OneDrive thanks to my Office365 subscription). You never know when you will find yourself in the need to send some file of yours to a (potential) customer or to a colleague.
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Brain.fm via headphones

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Guest Mohinish Nirwal

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Great post!

I forgot to thank you for a tip you shared inside the premium course (Adword's question)... thanks a ton.

A fast computer is a great investment in productivity.

Here's what I would add:

a) A simple keyboard

b) I used pixlr.com for editing. For small stuff, it replaces Photoshop.

c) Evernote. To break Writer's block and take inspiration I go through my swipe file.

d) Onedrive. Recently I shifted from Google drive to MS Onedrive for 2 reasons. (a) For about $40 per year I was getting Office 365 (works like Google document) (b) and 1 TB online space. Means I can access everything from any PC or mobile and my wife doesn't have to borrow my PC just to watch old photos or anything :).

Cheers

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Guest PJ White

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If you think speeding up your mouse tracking makes a difference, you’re going to be blown away by my tip.

Get some software that teaches you to touch-type.

Personally, I use Typing Master http://www.typingmaster.com/ but I guess any rated app will do a good job.

I used to work with journalists who thought it was a badge of honour to type badly and furiously. Even if they broke their keyboard.

But, following Neville’s argument, you wouldn’t be impressed by a surgeon or carpenter who misused or broke the tools of their trade. You want someone who has achieved some mastery over basic techniques.

When you can type automatically, accurately and without effort, you can put your energies into what really matters—thinking about your writing.

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Guest Steve Szubert

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GIMP seems to do most of the the things that Photoshop can do...and it's FREE open source software https://www.gimp.org

My favourite tool is pencil and pocket sized note pad made from real paper. Catches all the inspiration that comes when I'm out and about. Batteries never go flat. And no worries about dropping it or losing it.

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Guest Neville

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Thanks Neil! I too use the wireless Apple keyboard for my 27" iMac at home. However I totally don't mind the MacBook Air keyboard, I love it. Thanks for the tip!
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Is the timer for the "Pomodoro Method" a lot of people use? It seems like a lot of people do this, I might need to try!

Thanks for the suggestions Saumil!

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Awesome list Nev!

I'd definitely add the HemingwayApp Editor to that list.

Also a Pomodoro timer!

Evan

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Guest Neville

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I've never thought about the visual component of it. I have -6.50 vision in each eye but wear contacts that completely correct the problem.

Good thinking on the cloud stuff. I personally use DropBox (but only occasionally), but have replaced it mostly with Google Drive (I also pay for the business-grade version so it comes with a TON of space).

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I agree, the Ipad Pro to rule them all. The killer App for writing, journaling, copying webpages, PDF's and making notes, and feeding the cat? Notes Plus. *********** - an eleven star rating. Don't think, buy it. Learning curve is quick.

Apple watch. I bought it for the heart rate monitor and fitness logging and its very meh. However the handy wrist timer with haptic touch keeps me focused and on schedule. Pick a task and assign duration (ie, look at porn for 5 minutes (ok, 3 minutes (does anybody actually do this anymore?))). A gentle tap on my wrist tells me times up and time for next.

Bose Quiet Comfort headset. Crying baby on airplane. No problem. Noisy time at Starbucks. Not for me. Not cheap but totally worth it. I swear by them.

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An app to stop you from visiting distracting websites (e.g. Facebook) when writing - I use https://selfcontrolapp.com - it's free on Mac!

Well I'm writing copy now and my Self Control app is at work...but obviously I didn't include your website in my list of "forbidden" websites for the next 2 hours :p

P.S. This is written on the most awesome laptop in the world, a 3-year-old-and-still-going-strong 13" MacBook Air

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Guest TopGunZ

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Same here, lots of shortsightedness. Believe me, anything that can wear your eyes is a great factor for your productivity. Lenses for example can irritate some people, others don't notice that their glasses are scratched etc.

I used Google Drive, since I am a googleholic (gmail, android etc.), but in Greece we had problems with payments online (looooong story on politics) and at some point, when I wanted to get extra space, it was easier to migrate to OneDrive.

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Guest Neville

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Hey Amanda, I use SelfControlApp on a daily basis actually to keep me away from Digg and Reddit and Facebook and YouTube! Great suggestion for the post, might add it.

P.S. I'm ALSO writing this from my 13" MacBook Air :-)

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Guest Neville

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Notes Plus? Never heard of it, checking it out right now.

Did you know the Apple Watch is one of the fastest selling consumer products in history? So many useful applications I can see in the next few years when the technology hits its 3rd iteration.

Love the noise cancelling headphone, though I prefer earplugs still. Thanks for the recommendations Rob!!

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Guest Neville

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Hey Even, thanks! Hemingway has been recommended a bunch of times, might check it out!
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Guest Neville

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Thanks for the recommendations Bart! I totally forgot about this thing I use all the time on all my computers called JumpCut.....it's a similar copy/paste app. SO useful though!
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