Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Weekly writing coach: Tap-on-the-shoulder edition

So, let's face it: Writers need prompts, nudges, reminders, taps on the shoulder or taps of the foot to get things done. I'm not telling you anything you don't already know here. But how to do it?

Rather than have them come from, oh, your editors, why not schedule your own reminders with Alertful, a free new service that sends cute email reminders at intervals you choose. I'd use this type of reminder service for:

  • Ultimate deadline reminders
  • Prompts to self-edit a few days before submittal
  • Prompts to proofread
  • Reminders about followup phone calls or interview questions
  • Encouraging messages during a long slog
  • Reminders to go take a walk or other break
Download Squad describes the service here,  and you can see a sample message below:

Would you try this--or have you tried another, similar service? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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