Apps are a fantastic tool, and with the amount of free ones out there? Well, who knows where you should start. I tend to get bored and start looking for new apps to do… whatever with, and writing is no exception. I know I’ve mentioned a few apps in the past, but I thought maybe it would be nice to dedicate an entire post to it. So, here are some of my favourite apps for authors.
This is one of those apps that has a free option and a paid one. I’ve only ever used the free version, but have found it very helpful in the past when I begin planning a novel. You title the novel, then it gets you to add characters, places, things, scenes and chapters. Nothing beats my notebooks for me when I’m planning, because there’s no apps out there that have all the details I need, but this one comes close. But if I’m ever not sure where to begin planning, then this is the first place I go.
This one is basically a hugely powerful mind mapping tool. Now I kind of hate mind mapping (mostly because I was made to do it unnecessarily a lot through High School and Uni) but it has its place. I use them for planning out my plots.
A note taking/general writing tool which is designed specifically for authors. My favourite thing about this one is that it has its own cloud type setup, so you can log in on any device and have the same notes right in front of you. The downside is that you have to pay to use the web version. Apps are free though, so I call that a win. The biggest clincher for me with this app, though, is that it is clearly stated that the user keeps their copyright. I use this one for writing down scenes that come into my head when I’m on the go.
Pretty much the same concept as Werdsmith, but this one has a desktop app. (At least it does for Mac.) However, this is more of a general note taking app – not specifically for writers.
Again, I’ve mentioned this one before. This is basically a project management app. I have a list of all the things that need to be done to get the book finished. There’s a middle column of the things I’m working on, and then a list of the things I’ve finished. All you need to do is drag and drop things between the lists.
This is actually designed for goal setting etc. But, writing a book is a goal, right? This is similar to Asana in that you list off all the things that you need to do, but this one gives you a percentage bar so you can see how far you’ve come. This one also works as a kind of journal. I log in each night and write down what I’ve done that day. This way I know what I’m up to and it helps to keep me on track.
7. Any Baby Name App
For naming characters (or occasionally starting awkward conversations with friends who wonder why you need a baby naming app.) I used to use a fantastic app which would spit out random names if you asked it to, but would also tell you the meaning of these names. That app has since gone out of business, so if you know of a similar one, let me know!
So there you are. All the apps I use for writing, and I have not spent a cent on any of them!