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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!

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English: This is a picture of bookshelves in a tiny library in upper New York State. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What Role Should Libraries Have in an Electronic World? | Nathan Bransford, Author.

I have said this before about libraries.  But I like how Nathan Bransford puts it.  That libraries could be going the way of the dinosaurs.

The only issue I have is that if I don’t want to buy a book but I have to read it then I want to borrow it from the library.  I would hate to lose an institution that provides a big service to those of us who just wants to read a book and give it back.

Only time will tell what will happen to the libraries in the world. What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you support your local library? Do you use a library to check out an author’s books before deciding on buying?

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Be on the lookout for a feature story.  Starring (hopefully) someone from this writing world ….  famous-authors

Also the news on e-books doesn’t look great according to some.  Authors could be hit with the crazy price cut of their ebooks by companies who want to sell used e-books.  Is it possible?  Could readers really tell the difference between used and new digital books?   Read the full article here:  Used e-books  or  at  What the…

Three children, with bare feet, stand waiting on the hot sand. My middle-grade fictional book is now ready for editing.  Hunting for the right editor at the right price is a gamble. Anyone who knows a good editor for children’s literature, please shoot me a line.

Editing, illustrating and writing tirelessly on my picture book.  I am getting closer to  self-publishing, or cutting the cord, with this baby.

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I have just returned from a great empowering writer’s conference.  Every author new to the craft or veterans wanting new information should attend conferences.  The publishing industry is changing and the news sounds grim for traditional publishing.  There are a lot of great new doors open for writers in this technological age.  We can self-publish with  Createspace ( https://www.createspace.com/ ), which is a part of Amazon.  Selling ebooks online with the biggest book seller would be a smart thing to do.  But there are other companies to consider.  There’s Lulu (http://www.lulu.com/) and Apple’s iBookstore (http://www.apple.com/ibooks-author/ ) that offer a great way to self publish.  But wait there’s more!  You have Barnes & Noble, Pubit! (http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/pubit_app/bn?t=pi_reg_home ).  And then there’s Google where you can submit your book with the biggest search engine and have millions of views from consumers.

Are you overwhelmed yet?  I know I was today.  Everyone is self-publishing.  And what does that mean for readers?  There are a lot more good and bad choices now.  Not all indie books are edited.  Which could mean for some tough reading.

So I listened to David Harrison (who has sold millions of books) talk about writing what you know or have experienced.  I kind of already knew that.  I heard Terry Miller (who is a fantastic illustrator) talk about the new age of eReaders and where our publishing world is heading.  I had a clue a couple of years ago when the first iPad hit the country with all it’s cool apps that people everywhere would want one.  And then I was privileged to hear Ellen Hopkins talk about her books like her best-seller CRANK.  Everyone on the panel had lots of information and good advice.  There was a panel of authors of YA.  And editor, who I am sure everyone knows, Emma Dryden (www.drydenbks.com) .  Hearing from professionals is always uplifting.  I can’t praise SCBWI enough for all the work they do for their members.

So what am I telling you?

What I am saying is that even though you feel like you know everything.  It is always good to attend a conference and get information and also to network.  Someone there might just have the right information to help you out.  If you need it.  I know I came away from this conference with some critiques that are pushing me to revise my own stories.  I knew my manuscripts needed work.  I just didn’t know where.  It was great to hear from professional editors what they thought of my work.  I am glad I have some fresh new opinions from the conference.  Adding a few new friends was just the icing on the cake.

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