Disclaimer: I am in no way being compensated by these apps for sharing my opinions with you.
I love apps! Anything I can get one for I will. So it's not surprising I went looking for tools to help me write.
As I've already mentioned I use Inkpad Notepad for jotting down notes and ideas. It's great because your notes will sync to your online account and you can access them on the computer. So even if you get rid of the app your notes are still saved in the cloud. You can even keep them organized by tagging them as different stories. However, only three tag categories are available on the free version of the app. You may pay to upgrade and have an unlimited number of tags. But I make do with the three free categories.
If I do any actual writing on my phone, I use the Google Docs app. I actually managed to write 1600 words on it in 20-30 minutes this past November. So it all depends on how quickly you can type on your phone, but you could potentially write your whole book using this app. Plus this way you can do some formatting and your work is automatically saved on the cloud. I have a Chromebook so this way it's easy to jump from one device to another.
My third favorite app is a tool that helps you measure your progress as well as a myriad of other things and best of all, it's free. Writometer allows you to create multiple projects with total and daily word count goals. You can set reminder notifications to help you remember to write. It will track your most productive day, your best daily writing streak, and your average progress rate. Plus you can set a timer for a period of time and write for that set time then take a break when the timer is over. If you work best with incentives, create your own i.e. one episode on Netflix and set a number of guavas (the apps type of currency) for it to cost. You earn guavas by setting the timer, writing, and logging your entry at the end of the timer.
I basically use the timer as an individual writing sprint and while the incentives and guavas don't work as well for me, I still love the progress tracker and reminder to write notification. Plus you can put the writometer widget on your homescreen and it will show a progress bar for one project either a dialy progress bar or a total goal progress bar. Every time i open my phone I see it which is even more incentive to write! This is the best writing progress tracker app I've found and it's super easy and user friendly, and helps me stay on track. As addictive as updating your wordcount during NaNoWriMo. It also shows a progress bar chart. Perfect for all year round writing.
There you have it. My three favorite writing tools apps. What are your favorite? Do you know of any useful apps with features we could all benefit from? I'd love to hear about them. Keep working on those masterpieces in progress.
K. A. Jairl
My name is Kim and I'm glad you stopped by. This is where I post my triumphs and my downfalls as I fight the good fight of being a writer mom everyday.