I've just released the first version of Content Tools for Drupal 7. This module aids the content creation process by simplifying some of the UI elements and workflow.
Drupal's backend can be intimidating for non-technical users. It looks like it was built by developers and could really use a good UI/UX overhaul. Additionally the process of creating content is slowed down by needing to click through the various vertical tabs at the bottom of the page to find settings such as tags, whether or not to publish to the front page, and other commonly used fields.