I wrote a post a while ago on the Best Free Tools for Writers, so you should check that out. I thought I should add some, though, so here are some more free tools for writers. (Heh, tools.)
Ok, you don’t have to be a writer to appreciate Toodledo. It’s a super powerful task list that works well if you’re using the GTD system. Writers, if you’re not using some kind of system to keep track of your various tasks, you need to start. It will help you to treat your writing like a career, and your writing is a career. Ahem, soapbox moment. Anyway, the beauty of Toodledo is that you can roll it up into your biggest “life goals” and have all of your tasks flow up into those so that you know you’re always doing stuff that matches your Big Hairy Audacious Goals. Or you can use it as a simple list. It’s all up to you.
Google Docs are useful for everything from keeping your docs all in one place for version control, to collaborating with a buddy. I’m a particular fan of spreadsheets for keeping track of my various places on the internet and being able to share that with whoever I want. If you’re a super nerd, you can even use them to populate tables on your website.
Mostly I want silence when I’m writing, but in rare moods, I require some music to get me in the right frame of mind. The problem is that creating book soundtracks takes forever. With Pandora, though, you can choose a few songs with the feeling you want and make a station. Boom, hours of mood-enhancing music for your writing adventures.
So what writer tools are you using? (Like I need more tools in my life… heh.)