There are two apps that I have found to be very useful, if not essentiel to my writing process, and both of them are free! (But unfortunately only available for Android phones. If you know of similar apps for ios, please share them in the comments!)
The first is one I have mentioned before on my blog, and the fact that I’m bringing it up will hopefully show how much I love it. The Writeometer. This app allows you to not only track your word count, but it keeps record of it by sessions, organized by day, so you can always look back and see all of the details of each writing session.
It will also help you set a daily word count goal, depending on how many words you want the finished project to be, combined with when you want to be finished by. You can also set alarms to remind you to write!
Not only that, but it comes with a timer, which locks down your phone until the session is complete, at which time you can enter how many words you wrote to update your word count. One of my favorite things about this time, is if you try to exit it (which you can in an emergency), it will give you a little inspirational (or guilt-trip) quote to encourage you to not give up!
The final amazing part of Writeometer is the reward system! For every session that you complete, you earn guava fruit, which you can spend on rewards, which you also set. Some of my rewards (or “Treats” as they are called) include:
- Get a snack (1 guava)
- Make a London Fog (2 guava)
- Browse Pinterest (4 guava)
- Brows Facebook (3 guava)
- Play SWTOR (5 guava)
- Refill coffee (2 guava)
- Make a Latte (3 guava)
This is a great motivator when I am having a hard day sitting down to write. Of course, I have to enforce it upon myself, but it gives me the extra push to tell myself “write for thirty more minutes and then you can get on Facebook. Until then, keep that tab closed!”
The other app, which is one I have discovered much more recently, but has been very helpful in preparing for future novels, and keeping track of details for current works, is the Character Story Planner.
While I certainly use Scrivener to the max – I love binders in real life, of course I love the biners in Scrivener! – this app is great for when I am on the go. I love being able to jot down notes quickly and, in some ways, it is more helpful than my notebooks with pages and pages of brainstorming, because it is much easier to organize and sort through.
The app has four sections you can enter notes into: Character, Story, Scene, and Location. Each category has a template you can put data into, making it quick to get ideas down without worrying about formating. There is also an excellent search option, so you can find those files without a lot of scrolling. You can also group things that are for the same project together.
It is also great for brainstorming, in the way that I can start with a scene idea that has popped into my head, and then it gives me some ideas for things to think about for the scene: What is the role of this scene in the story? What is the location? etc..
Lastly, there is an option to export each file my e-mail or directly to OneDrive or Evernote, so that you don’t have to go through each file and type up everything little thing again into Scrivener. You can just copy and paste!
What apps do you use for writing?
(Again, if you know of apps similar to these for ios, please share them in the comments!)