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How to be a Hackademic #11 by Charlotte Frost & Jesse Stommel
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Hybrid Pedagogy’s Jesse Stommel and our very own Charlotte Frost rethink academic life and writing productivity in this on-going series of hints, tips and hacks.

HACK YOUR PRODUCTIVITY. There are all sorts of ways you can be extra efficient with your writing time. Setting specific writing times and sticking to them can be very effective in boosting your output, but here are some other hacks: 1) Write first thing when you get up before you have time to be distracted by email or the newspaper. 2) You can even harness your addictions by writing a certain number of words before allowing yourself coffee or tea; 3) Write last thing at night when everything is done and it’s quiet. 4) Use a writing app that helps filter out distraction. After just a few minutes of use, full-screen mode can feel like you’ve gone to writing heaven, and there are many apps that will even pare your screen down to just words on a page relieving you of all that urgent and endless formatting. 5) Write collaboratively with someone in the same document – even at the same time – halving the writing time and stress. What else do you need to do ?



  1. What writing apps can you recommend?

  2. Here are a few great ones to try out. Personally I love 750 Words which is a plain interface AND encouragement – oh and I’ve got a blog post coming up on a way you can use it to help work through problems with your writing.

    Write Room: http://www.hogbaysoftware.com/products/writeroom

    Dark Room: http://they.misled.us/dark-room

    Om Writer: http://they.misled.us/dark-room

    750 Words: http://750words.com/

    Written Kitten: http://writtenkitten.net/

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