These days, there’s an app for…well, just about everything. Apps have infiltrated the world, making mobile devices more powerful than ever. And the literary arena hasn’t survived this transformational effect. Once upon a time, writers had to bring a pen and paper with them everywhere just so they wouldn’t lose a great idea that might cross their mind. Even worse, they had the strenuous task of typing everything they’d written.
Nowadays, with a mobile device, writers have virtually limitless tools for digital productivity at their fingertips. If you are a writer and you have a mobile device, you possess one of the most powerful writing resources in the world. This is especially true if your phone or tablet has access to the best writing apps around. Here’s a list of the best apps every writer should have:
1. Mind Node
Mind Node is the app for visual thinkers. It helps writers create mind maps – visual representations of one’s thoughts and ideas. Allowing you to craft a single central thought and, from there, generate other ideas, the app makes the assembling of ideas very easy. It is also very simple to use.
2. Spice Mobile
This is the perfect app for anyone struggling with writer’s block. The app provides writers inspiration every time they find that they are struggling to locate the right words. Featuring a comprehensive collection of famous literature, this is one of the best writing resources with which to spice up your manuscript.
3. The Brainstormer
One of the most useful writing resources around, the Brainstormer basically generates ideas for stories. The app helps authors think in new directions, provoking them to explore new subjects and utilize new perspectives. If you are looking for the perfect combination of a unique setting, plot, and subject, this is the app you need.
This app helps writers distribute their content. It makes one’s work available to others for editing by creating an outlet through which content can be shared and reviewed. Anyone who is a member of Poetica can edit your work within a comfortable and collaborative environment, allowing you to deliver a refined product.
5. Agent Obvious
Anyone looking for useful writing resources to guide them through the publishing arena will find Agent Obvious very valuable. Renowned literary agent Laurie Abkemeier dishes on everything from contract negotiations to crafting an effective query. The app covers almost anything that will help writers and even editors make sense of the publishing world.
6. Write or Die
This is one of those writing resources designed to help authors develop a habit of writing regularly. After all, the only way to learn to write well is to write a lot. Once you tell the app the amount of words you intend to write over a given period of time, it will help you achieve your goal by delivering irritating punishments whenever you fail. You could call it a virtual boot camp.
Wordbook is an English dictionary and thesaurus. The award-winning app has an intuitive interface and a deluge of useful functions. It has a spell checker, a powerful word solver and it even has professionally recorded pronunciations of every entry.
8. Help Me Write
This app connects writers from all over the world. It is designed to bring like-minded people together and give them an environment within which they can support one another via social media.
9. My Writing Spot
My Writing Spot provides a simple, uncluttered space within which one can write. It isn’t particularly special, merely one of those basic writing resources every author should have on hand.
10. Dragon Dictation
This app transforms your dictation into text. You can dictate into your mobile device and then copy the generated text to a word processing program of your choice.
11. Story Tracker
Story Tracker is perfect, especially for freelancers who need help in keeping track of their submitted manuscripts (stories, novels, poems, scripts, articles, blog posts, etc.). Plus, the app records when and to whom you submitted your pieces and can store other important details such as income earned.
Goodreader is probably the best app available for on-the-go editing. Simply save your file as a PDF then you can proceed to highlighting text, inserting edits, etc. Using Goodreader enables you to edit virtually anytime and anywhere, while on the subway, standing in line or listening to music.
Authorship may be an ancient profession, but there’s no reason why it can’t progress with the times. As creators and manipulators of art, it’s within every writer’s best interest to use technology and the various writing resources it affords to their advantage.