Today I’m going to be talking about apps. More specifically, the apps I use for writing or when I’m writing. Now, some of you might be wondering what apps have to do with writing. Surprisingly quite a bit as I have found out in recent months. From social media to note taking, email to coffee, apps have a lot more to do with writing than I ever thought they would. So I am going to tell you about my nine favourite/most used for writing apps.
First up is Evernote. When I first got this app I wasn’t sure I would ever use it as it’s a notetaking app and I already had one of those. Now however, it is probably one of, if not the, most used app on my phone. I use it for everything: my schedule of what to post on my blog and when; lists of characters for my novel; even for typing up actual blog posts. The words you’re reading right now? Being typed on Evernote while I’m at my Physio appointment.
However, I think my favourite part of the Evernote app is that is not only accessible on your phone. Once you download the app you are also able to download it onto your computer. The program syncs all the time so everything you do on your phone will also be waiting on your computer when you get back. You can make checklists, point form notes, record audio and video, and even add pictures. All around I think this is a great app.
The second app that I find incredibly useful is the WordPress app. The reason I like this one so much is probably obvious as it makes accessing my blog easy. With this app I don’t have to wait until I get home to post something or to respond to other people. With this app I can create posts and pages, edit things, respond to comments, and even change my theme. You get notifications when someone likes a post, leaves a comment, or follows your blog, allowing you to know exactly what is going on at all times. I would highly recommend to anyone who runs a blog that they see if they can download an app for their web host.
I never used to be a fan of Twitter, but since I started blogging and writing a lot more I’ve found that Twitter is a great way to connect with other people who do the same things as myself. Having the Twitter app on my phone makes it much more convenient to do exactly this.
Just like with WordPress, having Twitter in the palm of my hand means I am able to message people and respond to notification almost as soon as I get them rather than waiting until I get home.
It doesn’t matter what email app you use so long as it works for you.Whether it’s Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, or something else, I find that having an email app on your phone is incredibly useful. For the longest time the app I had didn’t work properly and while at first it didn’t seem like a big deal, when I downloaded a new one I realized how much better it was and just how often I needed access to my email. Whether I’m being notified about something on social media, a writing site, or a job prospect, this app allows me to stay connected even when I’m on the go.
Pinterest started out as something I hardly ever used. I didn’t really understand how to use it or, like Twitter, what the point of it was. Like, I pin pictures of things I like on different boards? Okay, great, now what? But slowly, over time, I started using it more and more, and now a big of my Pinterest is used for writing ideas. From writing tips to prompts, quotes to actual ideas for novels. Pinterest has become a surprising large part of my writing. With this app you can create boards for specific pieces of work and pin photos and information that you think will come in handy. You can
find pictures of what you think a character looks like and pin it to your board and now you have a visual while you’re working.
I’m not sure if this counts as an app as I’m pretty certain all phones have them. I was very fortunate with my phone that I can add icons and colours to my calendar. This is very useful when I have more than one thing on a certain date, the icon will show up so I know what I’m doing even if I can’t see the full event. I can honestly say that without my calendar I would probably be very lost. To some it may not seem like I’m very busy, but looking in my calendar you can see when I upload a blog post, when I update a fanfiction, when I worked, and anything else that is going on. I’m not totally certain the calendar really counts here as I think that regardless of your job or anything else you should take full advantage of the calendar on your phone.
Not going to lie, this app probably doesn’t get used as much as it should. Mostly because I sometimes forget I have it. However, as a writer I feel it’s important for me to have a dictionary at my fingertips at all times. Whether I use it to look up the meaning of the word or sometimes to see if I’m spelling something correct, I find this app to be incredibly helpful. The Dictionary app also has a word of the day, so even if you don’t use it to look up definitions, I sometimes like looking at the word of the day as often times it’s a word I’ve never heard before.
So I didn’t even know this was an app until quite recently, but now I am so glad I have it and I would highly recommend it to others! While the Facebook app is great for connecting with your friends and posting pictures, I found I was never able to update or post anything on my Facebook page. With this app I am now able to share posts on my page and respond to others who post there. I used to get the notification on the regular Facebook app, but couldn’t actually respond until I got home. Now if I get a question or comment I am able to respond and I find that, like I mentioned for Twitter, I am able to make connections much easier.
For some of you, this may be the most important app I talk about: The Coffee Finder App. The one I use only requires me to turn on the GPS on my phone and then it finds all the coffee shops in the area. I can change the distance it searches so it looks for places five minutes away or five hours away. I can decide if I want it to look for any coffee place or I can change it so it only finds Tim Hortons or Starbucks or something else. This app has been great in finding places when I’m not at home and even finding little shops I may not have even known about before.
If you’re a frequent coffee drinker or just like finding little places to sit and work, I would recommend an app like this. It’s come in a lot handier than I ever thought.
What are you favourite apps to use when writing?