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3 Apps for Writers

Danielle Donaldson

It's basically impossible to narrow down my typical technology-filled day. I use so many facets of technology that I'm pretty sure I've seen smoke coming from my iPhone in the past. So, I think this might become an on-going segment on my blog. 

Here are 3 apps that I am currently using and my reasons why I think they are great for writers, aspiring or professional. 

1. Scrivener 

You can Google "Apps for Writers" and Scrivener will almost always come up on the list and with good reason. I understand that it has a learning curve but there's plenty of services to help you learn. I like Learn Scrivener Fast. It's a bit pricey but the instructor is smart and definitely knows what he's talking about. 

With Scrivener, I can write out of order. I can outline at my leisure and have all of my research, character sketches and even setting pictures in one place. (Also, if you use a cloud service, you can access these files on any computer with Scrivener. See section below on Dropbox.) 

Scrivener is a powerhouse word processor that help organizes your work and if you plan on self-publishing, you can export into .mobi and other file formats easily. 

My favorite parts about Scrivener: I can outline and save that outline format as a template. I can bounce around the timeline in my book without shuffling through pages. It's fast and free to try for 30 app instances. Give it a try and watch some Youtube videos to help you navigate! I can set project or daily word targets and watch as a little progress bar keeps going as I write. 


2. Evernote 

I have so many things bouncing around in my head. I have so many things to take care with my household, my kid, my writing and various other projects. I don't know how my brain doesn't explode sometimes. I use Evernote to organize all of these thoughts. I use their checklist feature a lot for my To Do lists. I brain dump blog ideas and put photos and links directly in there. I free write when I'm stuck on a scene or with a character. I can tag the notes with character names, project titles or anything else.

It is very helpful when I'm working on a project and suddenly get an idea for another book or story or poem. Usually, I'd love to jump right into a new project. Instead of doing that and getting distracting, I just dump the idea into a note and notebook and keep working on my current project for a while. Everything will be save and synced in my Evernote account until I'm ready to come back to it. 

Plus, it's free!! 

3.  Dropbox 

Are you in the cloud? I love Dropbox. I have loved it for years. I store everything there nowadays. Pictures, documents, gifs from Tumblr, whatever. You can store everything online. You can access it on your iPhone. I automatically upload pics from my phone into my Dropbox so I'm never going to lose the pictures of my kid picking his nose or making a funny face. 

I can save a file on my laptop at home and access it on my phone later. I can alter a poem on my home desktop and then read it at a poetry reading on my phone later in the day. I feel like I'm living in the future. It's also free to use! 

Also, I can save my Scrivener projects on my Dropbox from my Windows laptop and then go to my Mac desktop and work on it there too. It don't have to worry about losing or frying my computer or an external hard drive. It's amazing.