Do you need some help with the temptation of checking social media or emails while writing? Try the app ‘Write Or Die’. This program will actually delete your hard-written work if you slow or stop progressing. Really! There are even apps that turn off your phone during the time you are supposed to be writing.
You can always stream your favorite writing soundtrack if that helps. Turning your phone on airplane mode and hiding it under your bed is an option too.
One of my favorite tools is the Pomodoro Timer. (see prior post tomatoes-and-writers-block) This device focuses your efforts into more manageable time segments. Scientific results show when a finite and chronological deadline is set you work more efficiently and productively. Maybe that’s why so many people wait until the day before a project is due to begin.
~Notes & Research
Everynote.com is one widely used program to help save ideas, quotes, or anything you want to later review. And more functionality is available with this tool.
GoogleDocs is one way to easily share your work with another writer or editor to gain faster response and easier transition than sending documents back and forth via email or physically exchanging a flash drive. My writing group uses DropBox to share and edit projects.
There are loads of wonderful apps and sites to help virtually critique your work as well as help with spelling and alternative words. The standby Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com are accompanied by newer sites such as Grammarly.com.
Need some help sculpting your plot? There are many apps and programs to help track the beats of your story and provide suggestions to make sure the arc flows. Search and learn for yourself.
My favorite app is Scrivener. This software, also available for laptops/desktops, takes your writing organization to a new level and offers conversion options of your manuscript to format choices. (see prior post how-writing-software-improved-my-writing-process) The app gives you the ease to return to your story no matter your location. I’ve written in the doctor’s office, on my couch, and even while on a bus – all from my phone.
Give your fingers a rest and try Dragon Dictation. This program will convert your verbal dictation into text for you to edit later. Some writers find dictation a faster way to reach word counts.
The number of helpful programs that can be used from your phone are endless. Research the options available and find one that you like and fits within your budget then use it to the fullest to create that next great work! If you are a better writer with paper and pencil then do that, but leave your cell phone out of sight and reach.
What programs have you found useful? Let me know!
Richard E Todd, author of The Golf Rules series, Short Stories from the Long Links, and other titles has been heard on the PGA Tour radio station and seen in On The Green magazine. Contact him at Richard@AuthorRichardETodd.com and follow him on social media and at www.AuthorRichardETodd.com ✍ and www.TheGolfRules.com.⛳