Writing Apps to Help You Write Papers and Essays Faster

The American journalist Gene Fowler once said that, “Writing is easy; All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” Make no mistake though, writing is hard and Fowler was lying. Coffee can help, especially when it’s in a cool mug but it only goes so far.  So today, let’s look at some writing apps that can help us write more efficiently and faster.

Coggle is a free mind mapping tool you can use to organize your thoughts and get down everything you want to write about.

If you want something a little bit more time based, maybe you’re writing fiction, then Storyline Creator is another tool that will work for you.  Also, I have to mention Evernote.  That is where all my scripts and video ideas start out.  I basically just dump the info and it is my favorite organizational tool for writing.

Speaking of huge, multi-purpose applications, Scrivener is an app that many, many novelists use to write their books.  In fact, I used it to write my book.  It’s got a planning tool,  it’s got a cork board  where you can put sayings and ideas,  it’s got sophisticated writing tools, a distraction free mode, all sorts of features.

And if you want something a little bit more simple, I’ve heard that Novlr is an alternative to that. While it’s got a paired down feature set compared to Scrivener,  it’s got a nicer design and it’s meant to be a little bit more simple and I’ve seen some writers enjoy using it.

To get really simple, one of my absolute favorite writing apps is Byword which is a minimalist mark down editor for the Mac.  If you often have trouble finding the right word to describe something then Twinword Writer might be for you. It’s got an engine that detects when you pause your writing and then suggests alternate words to the word that you just wrote.

If you have trouble writing altogether, then you should check out Write or Die which is an app that lets you set consequences for not writing, including Kamakazi mode which starts deleting your writing if you pause for too long.

On the positive side, Written? Kitten! is an app  that shows you a cute picture of a kitten  every 100 words you write.

You can also check out 750Words which is a web app that helps you build a consistent habit of writing every day and gives you your stats,

Now if you’re a grad student or somebody who has to manage  a lot of research in your writing,  then you should definitely give Mendeley a look.

And if you want to edit your papers more effectively, Editminion is a little tool made by the guy who created Write or Die, which will point out weak words in your writing.

Lastly, I’ve got those little accessory apps  to help you get in the mood for writing,  and one of them is Coffitivity which is the website that generates coffee shop noise in case you really like that and it gets you in the mood,  but you don’t happen to have a coffee shop near by.

And the last one is Brain.FM which is a website that uses artificial intelligence to generate music that supposedly helps you increase your focus and concentration.  – So that is all I’ve got for this article.  Obviously, this is not a comprehensive list of all the writing apps out there so definitely suggest other ones down in the comments that we would find helpful.

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7 Ways to Improve Testing Skills

If you want to be a good video game tester, then it is more than just trying out a game to see if it’s good or not, you’re supposed to be looking for glitches and bugs. After you find these, you need to communicate what the problem is and how you found it.

Below are areas you can work on now to get yourself ready for game testing or to simply stand out from the many other applicants. When you already are one, working on these can get you into a higher level within the career.

Be thorough

Don’t rush your testing. Do it all carefully. If you need to test if the main character can walk through the walls in a room, run into every spot you can. You want to make sure you cover everything so that you can catch every error. The better you are here, the more wanted you’ll be. A thorough tester is a good tester.

Have a basic understanding of game programming languages

Simplifying the programming languages, game programming is the actual code used for making video games. There are many out there, with a lot available online. Knowing this can help you understand what the programmers deal with, helping you communicate and understand them better.

Have a basic understanding of computer programming languages

C and C++ are two important languages you should try to have some understanding of. However, the neat thing about programming languages is that once you know one, you practically know them all. You can try learning something simple such as Python, then shift over to C++. C++ is the main language out there, so knowing it could help you get a higher position. There are many guides online.

Have a basic understanding of computer hardware and software

You should definitely know how to use a computer. Hardware compatibility is important to understand. You know that list of requirements listed for a computer game? The RAM, processor speed, and all that? You should understand those and be able to tell if a computer meets those specifications. As for software, know how to work the standard word processing and spreadsheet programs, as well as how to install and uninstall programs.

Have a basic understanding of the video game industry

Know the basic process of how a video game goes from an idea to a finished product. Learn how the different jobs (the developers, the writers, the programmers, the graphic artists, the musicians, and more) each play their part in the big picture.

Have a basic understanding of testing software

Knowing the basic structure of testing software can make you stand out from the crowd. This can definitely help you land a job.

Have good communication

Practice writing reports and talking with others. Be sure to use lots of details as well as be clear with what you’re trying to say. Both will really help with getting higher paying jobs in video game testing.

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What Services to Expect on Italian Beaches

Often the same beach is divided into different areas, according to the kind of services available.

We have prepared for you a list of the best beaches in Italy with the help of the famous Eleventy Traveler Blog.

Spiaggia Libera

It is a free beach, here you have to provide for your own umbrella and comforts. Often there are no services like showers and toilets. You may or may not be able to find stalls with refreshments.

Stabilimento Balneare

At a stab il mento bilinear, you are expected to pay for the comforts of an umbrella and sun bed or chair. There are showers, changing rooms, toilets, bars and often sports facilities and playgrounds. If you are staying at a hotel on the beach often the sunbed and umbrella are included in the hotel fee.

Spiaggia Private

Sometimes luxury hotels have their own private beach to enjoy the seaside away from the crowd.

Best Time to Enjoy the Italy Beaches

The season is rather short, August is the month when most tourists gather on the beaches in Italy.

Ferragosto (the 15th of August) celebrates the climax of summer festivities, with fireworks, fairs, and events.

If you don’t appreciate the animation and the crowd take your Italian beach holidays in Italy in June, July or even better September, my favorite month.

It offers quiet beaches, a pleasant weather, and warm seas.

Dog-Friendly Beaches

Dogs are not allowed on most Italian beaches during the summer but recently few beaches let dogs enjoy an Italian beach holiday with their humans.

Here is a list of dog friendly beaches in Italy.

Best Adriatic Riviera Beaches of Le Marche

Here are some of our favorite beaches of the Marche region.

Monte Conero Coast

The Riviera beaches on the Conero coast offer spectacular views and clear waters. Discover the Blue Flag beaches of Sirolo, Numana, and Portonovo.


This Italy beach is well known for its fine sand that earned it the name of velvet beach.

The historical center is large, lively and close to the seaside. Basically, everything is walking or biking distance.

This structure makes Senigallia a vibrant city, with exciting events throughout the year that integrated the touristic zone with the residential part, the fishing port, and the commercial area.

San Benedetto del Tronto

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