It’s not all about pen and paper anymore. We’ve even evolved past word processors. Now, there are tons of great apps available to make a you a better, more productive, super awesome writer.
It took me more than a year to actually download this app because I am a social media fanatic. But there’s only so much writing time I can burn flipping from Facebook to Twitter to Instagram and back again before I begin missing major deadlines. Freedom blocks social media and any other websites that you find distracting for a set period of time. It works on both your computer and your phone.
The Pomodoro method helps you become more productive by training you to focus for 25-minutes at a time. There are several different apps to choose from. And their features range from being a simple timer to tracking your intervals and how well you’re doing at remaining focused.
Got hard-to-read handwriting? Save yourself the index cards and use Trello instead to organize your story ideas. Trello makes it easy to move notes around in different columns and track all of your thoughts. Their intuitive interface has made this a very popular app in a short period of time.
I know I said there’s better tech out there than word processors, but I had to include one on this list. Some people need expanses of whiteness on their screen to be at their most productive. If you’re one of those folks, OmmWriter is the way to go. It’s distraction-free format has made it one of the most popular options out there.
The only time I get salty about not having Android, is when my writer friends gush about Writeometer. This app helps you set a writing goal and stick to it. It keeps track of your word count, so you’ll know how much progress you’ve made toward completing your project. If you’re Team Apple like me, you can try out Ink On.
Don’t let a good idea get away while you’re on the go. Dragon Dictation lets you speak your notes into your phone. You then have the option of emailing or texting the transcript of your notes to yourself. The best part? No more rummaging around for the little scraps of paper you tried to write your ideas down on. Cocktail napkins are only cute in movies.
Evernote is an oldie but goody. I didn’t really embrace this app until I lost my notes in the Notes app on my iPhone several times in one week. I finally caved and started using Evernote religiously. It’s helpful for me to be able to search my notes, which is something I can’t do with a physical notebook. It’s also interesting that Evernote logs the date, time and geolocation for every note you write.
Have you tried any of these apps out? Which ones can’t you live without? Did we miss your fave? Share it with us over on Twitter.
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