So you’ve caught that writing bug, or maybe you’ve always had it. What now?
Writing requires the use of tools and software to get a finished, polished book at the end. And while the software between your ears is the number 1 for writing your masterpiece, sometimes you need a helping hand.
Now, a disclaimer from me, I haven’t tried all these tools, and I’m not saying you should, but some will help you keep that ‘P’ at bay. I’m not talking about me; I’m talking about procrastination.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I sit down to write, it’s after I’ve put everything in its place. The laundry is done, the kid is asleep, and all is ready for me. Then I decide to pluck those millions of ideas that are floating around my head. Do any of these sound familiar?
- Note cards
- Scraps of paper
If tech is your thing, you’ll love this list I put together of apps that will help you get your creativity on.
Millions of ideas mapped out in one visual. There you are, ready to get those ideas into one comprehensive concept so you can wow your publisher with your winning theme, but you get lost in your own twists and turns. MindNode minds those twists for you, so your pivotal plot idea or drama-inducing character dialog doesn’t fall flat. This app helps to map out exactly where you want to go and when.
Remember at school when you had to do a spider gram, big circle in the middle, and then ideas going around it?
Think of MindNode like that. You start with your main starts with your most pressing, central thought (also often known as your primary plot) and helps you branch out from there.
Not only that, you can customize your ‘branches’ a.k.a ideas and introduce other important ideas, subplots using features such as highlighting and color-coding.
You and I both know that getting organized and remaining that way is key to writing success and this app will help you get there.
MindNode is a straightforward and elegant tool that helps your thought process, not interrupt it.
Try it out and let me know if it helps you.
Merriam Webster Dictionary
The English language is so diverse, a good dictionary will help you choose the right word for the right moment.
Call yourself an author, a novelist, or a writer, and it doesn’t matter which title you use. But at the end of the day, you’re a storyteller. And sometimes you need that helping hand to help you find the perfect word.
You might prefer a good old paper dictionary, but this app helps you speed through definitions, synonyms, and antonyms in no time so you can stay in the flow of your writing.
Oh, and as a lover of words, you’ll totally love the word of the day provisions and vocabulary games that the app includes. I hope this isn’t a kibitzer. ?
This beauty is more than a journal or note taker; it’s an organization kit in an app.
On the go? Need that plot idea out of your head? Record an audio. Inspired by an image or scenery? Snap a pic. There are many ways of fleshing out an idea, or a story and Evernote will help you capture it all.
The winning feature of this app is the way you can tag your notes.
Even if you’re using different notebooks (think different story ideas), and an idea doesn’t fit into one, you can tag them.
What you put in, you must get out. You’ll never be hunting around for your words because the search function will find it in a jiffy.
Aside from using it for your writing, you can also use Evernote for different projects, such as household projects, party planning, and the likes.
Do everything and find everything in one place with Evernote.
You’re ready to go. Writing is on the agenda. Procrastination left the station a long time ago. There you are, sitting with your fingers poised over the keyboard.
You push past the nothingness and get some words out, but they don’t make sense.
Writer’s block is the absolute worst, especially if you have a daily word goal or deadline.
Well, there’s an app that will banish the block for good.
Spin the wheel and get your creative juices flowing. You’ll be given a random idea for
You can also customize the wheel with your own settings and characters so you can create all new and unique scenarios.
Spin the wheel for endless possibilities with a Give, this app’s wheel a spin and the possibilities are endless. The Brainstormer gets rid of writer’s block…fast!
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Writing can mean speaking. You know, sometimes you have to change up your creative process. Going at it on the keyboard all day isn’t always the most efficient way of writing your book.
If this is you and you’re typically left feeling tired and more than a bit drained, dictate.
With Dragon Dictation, you speak, and it types. Hit record and start talking.
And here’s where it gets interesting, you can save all of your text files to the app itself or download them to the app of your choice. Maybe Evernote.
They say “write drunk, edit sober.” Well with Dragon Dictation app you can speak without editing yourself. And when you get to the editing stage you’ll be surprised by how much material you have to work with. A lot!
The biggest time waster is the Internet. A necessity to get yourself known as the amazing author you are, but boy can it distract you from your task. Enter in SelfControl. Say goodbye to distracting sites like Facebook, celebrity gossips, and song lyrics. And hello to concentration.
Self-control blacklists websites so even if you want to visit them, you can’t.
Don’t worry; you can whitelist sites that are imperative to your writing task, like Merriam- Webster Dictionary.
SelfControl keeps technological distractions out of the way so you can just write, write, write.
Are you an old school when it comes to your writing process? Maybe you like to write out your plot or subplot on index cards and get them in order.
Well, keep on doing what you’re doing, with the Index Card app. Think of it as a digital cork board.
You can drag and drop the cards in the order you want them and color coordinate them as well.
Whether you’re studying for background research or you need to jot down an idea, Index Card you.
Research shows that many people aren’t as productive in completely silent spaces.
Noise can be such a distraction when you’re writing. Or not. A little music helps me flex my writing muscle, but sometimes Spotify gets just plain annoying.
Coffitivity is the perfect app for background ambiance like a coffee shop. Trust me, the subtle sounds that come from this app will make you feel you’re in the coffee house of friends or one that your audience would relate to.
It will most definitely spur on your creative flow. Take those familiar coffee shop sounds anywhere you wish with this convenient app.
So this is my round-up. Do you have any that you swear by? Share in the comments!