5 Apps for Writers
For freelance writers or novelists who are tired of using Excel spreadsheets to keep track of their submissions and assignments (this would be me!):
Story Tracker – IOS, $9.99
This app works well for anyone who wants to keep track of their submissions, including fiction, non-fiction, magazine queries, etc. Features include the ability to store submission details such as dates, status, income earned, market guidelines, as well as notes on genre, word count for each story or submission.
For writers with time management issues:
Pomodoro Timer (Android and IOS, $1.99)
I have a hard time focusing, especially when left to my own devices (hello, Twitter and Facebook!) Pomodoro Timer can be used for any tasks, but also works well for writers. You set the timer for 25 minutes, get some focused writing done, and then take a short 3-5 minute break. For every four “Pomodori” you achieve, you get longer 15 to 30-minute chunks of time for breaks. Reviewers of the app say it serves as a great positive reinforment technique and helps them stay on track.
For writers in the revision stage:
GoodReader (IOS, $4.99)
Want to edit your manuscript in a portable fashion? With the GoodReader app, you can save your work-in-progress as a PDF, and then get busy highlighting and inserting sticky notes. You can then sync and import your edits into your permanent files once you are done.
For writers looking for inspiration:
Lists for Writers (IOS and Android, $2.99)
This app looks like a fun creative tool that can help you brainstorm character names, physical and emotional traits, plot lines, occupations, action verbs, and more. Use the notepad feature and e-mail or print out your notes later. It also includes dictionary support.
For writers who need help with organization:
A Novel Idea (IOS, Free)
Need help with plotting your story? A Novel Idea helps you create characters, scenes, locations and then link them together to form the plot. Arrange your individual scenes by dragging and dropping them into place. You can upgrade to a Pro Version for Dropbox syncing between devices word count and email exporting.
Have you used any of the above apps with your writing? If so, did you find them helpful? What (if any) apps help you stay creative and productive?