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If I could do anything I wanted, I'd train to be a lion tamer. Totally serious. I'm not sure how one gets on that career path, but it's on my list of to-dos. Also on my list? Travel to London, learn sign language and be the best mom I can be to my little boy. Oh, and get published. Yep, I'm ambitious like that. Read more about me here.

Sep 17, 2014

My Favorite Free Apps for Writers

I thought I'd round up some of my favorite free apps that I use for writing. Yay for free stuff! 

Let's start things off with my all time favorite.

1. WPS Office

WPS Office is the best tool if you ever critique things for friends and use Track Changes. This app lets you do it on the go from your phone! I love that I can easily save it to my Google Drive simply by sending myself an email and clicking on the icon. Then I can Track Changes on the document, save it, and send it back. It has a little bit of a learning curve and it took me a few minutes to figure it out, but it's totally worth it.

Apple users get it here, Android users go here.

2. Writing Journal

With this app, you click a button when you start writing, and again when you're finished for that session. You input how many words you wrote and it automatically calculates all sorts of statistics for you. It's a great motivator for me and I feel all special when I get a high word count. It calculates over a long period of time too, so it helps you know how long it typically takes you to write a chapter and encourages you to hit your overall word goal. It's sort of like the charts from NaNoWriMo, except without the social aspect (which I wish it had).

Apple users get it here.

3. Inkflow

Inkflow is great for idea mapping. You can draw on it with your finger, insert text and even insert pictures, which is super helpful when you're doing a mind map with characters. You can easily re-size things too, so your map can be enormous and you can scroll to the part you need.

Apple users get it here.

4. Kindle

This one kind of goes without saying. If you're a writer, you're a reader, and for me, this is the best app for reading on the go. One thing worth mentioning, is that you can use this app on your phone even if you don't own a Kindle. You can download free ebooks from your local library, so it's a win-win. I've tried a few other reading apps, but this one uses the least battery, so you can read for longer, and we all know how awesome that is.

Apple users get it here, Android users go here.

5. Pandora

Okay, so this one isn't strictly for writing, but I'm one of those people who has to listen to music while I write. The station I listen to the most is a mix of Adele, Mandy Moore, He is We, and other relaxing-ish music. I can play it in the background and nothing is so loud that it distracts from writing. I also listen to my Secondhand Serenade station and my classical movie scores station to name a few.

Apple users get it here, Android users go here.

So that's it folks! I could have named a lot of the typical ones (like Wikipedia, or Dictionary) but those get mentioned all the time, and if I'm being honest with myself, I don't actually use them all that much. I didn't list the Goodreads app, because I actually hate that app, and just go to their mobile site instead since it has much better functionality.

What are your favorite apps - writing or otherwise? I'm always on the look out!


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