As our virtual writing group closes up today (don’t forget to sign up or email me at breathingfiction at gmail.com or contact me through the Facebook page for questions), I was thinking of the different things I’m already using to help my writing along, and those things that I want to start using to help. One thing that I have become increasingly dependent on is my Galaxy SIII. Sure, I prefer taking notes in an actual notebook (I’m a bit OCD, too, where the notebook has to reflect the story or MC) and I write using Scrivener, but I often have my phone and not the other things I need. To digitize and make things easier, I started using a few apps and I want to share my favorite writing apps with you.
The first one I’ve been using for years. It’s called Name Generator and it does just what it says. Select a country/language of name origin, choose male, female, or both, and select how many results you want. It’s really simple, but I can’t tell you how many characters I’ve named with the help of this thing. I often can’t think of what name works, but I have an idea of how I want it to sound. Since it also gives you first and last names, you can mix and match to find the right combination. I personally love it especially for side characters. It’s fast and you can have endless results.
I have been looking for a motivation tool to help me write. While it’d be nice to have on my laptop, so many windows open, etc just distracts me. I found WriteOMeter though and I love it. If you put it on a timer, it’s mean to you and reminds you to keep writing. It helps you set daily word count goals, project word count goals, and you can even put in a goal date for finishing. I think this is going to especially come in handy when the virtual group gets in full swing.
Last but not least is Writer. It’s a fairly straightforward smartphone word processor, but it works really well. You can have lists, numbered lists, and other formatted niceties that a normal phone memo pad misses out on. This has already come in handy for me to jot notes down on the train/bus when I don’t have my notebook(s) on me. If I get a mini-bluetooth keyboard, it’s going to be even more helpful.
Do you have a favorite app to help with your creative writing process? What is it?