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If you are the editor of a blog, or writing a novel, or even a family member who loves to write the family newsletter then you will probably spend some time looking for apps.  Whether you have an ipad, kindle, nook, some other tablet , laptop or phone, an app for writing seems to be a “need” to put on your portable device.  Why?  Because in my case when inspiration hits I am sitting in a waiting room with time to kill and my pen has done  a vanishing act. What do we, as writers, with no pen and paper?  We turn to our device in hand and use the notes app and try to type out the idea that popped into our head.  Problem solved right?

But what if you are sitting at the computer and just typing and typing and you want a little help in something specific you are writing? Most people will now turn to an editorial app.  I have one on my phone called  “Lists for Writers” and I love it for what it can do.  I do not use it for technical writing or on research papers.  I use it only for creative writing.  This is the apps main function because it lists characters names, physical characteristics words, occupational words, thought words, personality behavior words, plots, settings, genres, and so forth.  This app would be useless in any other form but to help a writer with a novel.

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So here is a list of apps for writers who need a little help, or umph, in their story telling:

lists for writers1. Lists for Writers- on the App store ($2.99): Great lists of words for writers.






editor2. Editorial- on the App store ($6.99): Great reviews and has a lot of plain text editorial help.







dropbox3. Dropbox – on the App store (Free): Stores all your docs, pics and videos like the Cloud.






mindly4. Mindly -on the App store (Free): You create whatever you want with this app.  It organizes all your ideas for you.






writing aid5. Writing Aid – on the App store and only for iphone ($.99): Like Writer Lists but has a dictionary and synonyms or words instead of just a list.





c w b6. Creative Writing Bundle – on the App store ($7.99): Great idea for writers because it comes with four apps; Lists for Writers, Story Dice, Story Spark, and Spooky Story Dice. All of these apps are great for getting your creative juices flowing.






For those using the Kindle or android device here is another comparable list:

story7. Story Plot Generator- on Google play ($.99): Great for the very creative writer in all the different genres and in the four key parts of any story (location, detail, complication and objective)





ideas8. Ideas for Writing – on Amazon ($1.99): Great for helping someone with writers block.  Prompts and help along the journey of writing.





writing spot9. My Writing Spot – on Amazon ($2.99): This very handy app lets you write anywhere you are at, sync your documents with a free online app, tracks your lists of things to do, and has a dictionary and thesaurus.





draft10. Draft – on Google play ($3.49): Lets you create and edit your drafts and store them in easy to access folders. Smart Markdown bar lets you edit easily.





This list will give most writers an idea of what the world has to offer in all different forms for your devices. So if you have an iphone, ipad, android device, Kindle or laptop, you can research and read different reviews about these apps to find some that will fit your writing style.

After writing this post I think I might just be downloading a few more apps for my own devices.

Happy writing!


Great writing tips from editor Emma D. Dryden about how your characters see their world.  Read more at the link below.




our stories, ourselves: Seeing the World.


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So I usually don’t write about what I am doing besides writing and reading.  I blog about what I read.  Or I blog about the latest piece I’m working on.  But I hardly ever talk about what I am learning.  I just finished a class on Astronomy.  It was elementary astronomy in my last semester of college.

I have always loved astronomy.  I have studied the stars, moon and other constellations ever since I was small.  Late at night my family and I would watch meteoroid showers shoot across the sky.  A shooting star is something I constantly wish upon.  How can anyone not be amazed by the heavenly sight we see at night?

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A solar flare erupting.




I follow astronaut Reid on his Twitter page along with NASA on their Google+ and Twitter page.  How interesting it is to see the solar flares that shoot from the sun everyday of the week, or see pictures of the Earth as colors of fall change the face of the planet?  We can view photos of other stars colliding with each other.  And now we know a black hole sits in the center of our galaxy.  Our limited grasp of knowledge on the universe is like a grain of sand compared to how huge the universe really is.

Now compare this bit of information I have learned to the science fiction books I have read. When I finished reading the “Maze Runner” series, by James Dashner, I knew he must have researched the effects of CME’s or solar flares on Earth.  Most science fiction writers, who are smart enough, will do their research and make sure they are not making up a fantasy world.  It must be a plausible idea.  Whether a solar flare causes the equator to dry up like a desert or lightening storms cause massive damage, each idea must have a working theory.  Just like the idea of bug aliens who come to destroy us like in “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card.   Each idea must stem from a piece of truth.

Truth #1 There is a possibility we are not alone in the universe.  Take SETI and their mission of finding life in space.  Research them on your own at www.seti.org

Truth #2  A solar flare can cause a communication black out on Earth.  Look at history and see what they say about 1859 and CME’s.  Also check out what a solar flare can do to you if you are on a plane when it hits Earth. http://science.howstuffworks.com/solar-flare-electronics2.htm 

Truth #3  A black hole exists at the center of our galaxy.  Astronomers can show proof that stars near the center of the Milky Way speed up at a central location.   https://www.nsf.gov/about/history/nsf0050/astronomy/milkyway.htm

The proof is in the pudding.  We have brilliant astronomers who have theories that they must prove right.  Can anyone argue with them?  I wouldn’t.  A theory refers to a framework of ideas and assumptions that must be continually tested.

I love astronomy and now I know a little bit more about the subject.  Never stop learning and reading.  Because if one day you decide to write a science fiction book about the sun imploding and turning into a black hole then you will need to go back to the drawing board and learn more about the sun.  There are 12 stages of a star, and we are in stage 7 of the main sequence.  If the sun reaches stage 12 (becoming a planetary nebula) then it has passed the stage of red giant and 100 million years has gone by.  All life had been destroyed when the Sun’s core heated up and expanded.  We would have died in stages 8 and 9.

October in North America means the Orionid meteor shower.  Don’t miss it.  Take out that dusty telescope and start searching the night sky for a spectacular light show.




Oh wow! Changes need to be made in the publishing industry.


When the Publishing Industry Looks at Itself in the Mirror, Does It Like What It Sees? – GalleyCat.




Some of the best friends you can have are those that just listen.

Can you hear me?

The best children you could have are those that really listen.

Can you hear me?

The best students are those that try hard to listen.

Can you hear me?

The family you crave for are those that care enough to listen.

Can you hear me?

The partner you need is one who will always listen.

Can you hear me?

But there is one who will listen.

Can you hear me?

By J. Wilson


This is a another hit for Nathan Bransford.  Again we see how a writer becomes an author.  For everyone starting out or just needing help please read this.


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