6 Kick Ass Apps To Help You Write Better

Whether you are working on a blog post or a commercial, documentary or narrative film script using the right apps can completely change how you write. When I’m in the groove my time writing flies by. It’s getting into that rhythm that’s the problem. For me, the biggest obstacles are external distractions (social media, blogs) and internal ones (phantom hunger, mind wandering etc.) Once I get past these then I deal with my tendency to repeat the same words and how to take my unorganized thoughts and make them one coherent thing.

Over the years I’ve acquired several tactics and applications that let me minimize the effects of my own shortcomings.  I’ve listed a few below. These are just the ones I have used and I encourage anyone reading this to do their own research and seek out their own answers. In writing, as in life, what works for one doesn’t always work for the other.

1. GETTING THOSE RANDOM IDEAS DOWN 

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EVERNOTE

Platform: (PC ,MAC, iOS, Android)

Price: Free (Premium Plans available)

https://evernote.com/

Evernote is great because it was created for the express purposes of keeping track of random ideas. It syncs across every device,allows you to attach files and also gives you task list functionality. If you are working with a partner or team of people they can also look at whatever you upload  and make notations. It’s also simple to use which is a must for eliminating those “writer” excuses we all come up with.

2. KEEP YOURSELF ON SCHEDULE

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WUNDERLIST

Platform: (PC,MAC, iOS, Android)

Price: Free (Premium Plans available)

https://www.wunderlist.com/

Wunderlist is a fantastic app for giving yourself deadlines. I love the organization options, the ability to make sub task lists and the flexibility you have with how you assign them.

It’s very possible you could use Wunderlist for organizing and sharing ideas as well, but I’ve found that it’s a much better task manager than a platform for sharing ideas. The reason being if you (or a team member) marks a task as done then all the notes and attachments associated with it also disappear. This leads you to keeping tasks around that are already done and that really limits the dopamine rush you get from checking off things you’ve done on a list.

3. INCREASE YOUR VOCABULARY

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DICTIONARY/THESAURUS

Platform: Everywhere (even in book form, yes those old things!)

Price: Free

It may sound simple or obvious, but there is no better friend to a writer than a good dictionary and thesaurus. The english language is vast and we barely use any of it. A thesaurus can open up the ability to get your point home and not sound like every other copy writer out there. The dictionary is vital, not for spell check, but to simply understand every word you are putting down on the page. You shouldn’t be using overly complicated words just to use them but having a bigger vocabulary is an essential tool to being a good writer.

4. ORGANIZING YOUR THOUGHTS

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INDEX CARD

Platform: (iOS)

Price: $4.99 iPad, $2.99 iPhone

http://www.denvog.com/app/index-card/

What a weird digital world we live in. I have an app on my iPad that recreates a cork board and a bunch of index cards. The weirder thing is that it works. Being able to jot down ideas and rearrange them visually in front of me is a key to my success. It frees me up to experiment with placement and helps to avoid the feeling of being stuck that often ruins writing sessions.

There are a lot of index card apps out there so do some digging to figure out which one suits your needs best.

5. KEEPING YOUR MIND BUSY

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SPOTIFY

Platform: (PC,MAC,  iOS, Android)

Price: Free with Ads on Desktop (Premium Plans available)

http://spotify.com

An overstimulated brain might be my most fatal flaw. My mind never seems to be able to focus on just one thing without thinking about 100 others. I also get bored very easily. The only way I’ve found to really focus in my thoughts is to play music while I write. (In fact as I write this I’m listening to “Don’t Wanna Fight” by the Alabama Shakes.) To some this might seem like a distraction, but for me it helps quiet the part of my brain that is always trying to get up from the desk. You can also use Pandora, Apple Music or any other range of music streaming services. But I like Spotify because of the depth of the playlist offerings and some of the weirder movie and video game scores it offers.

6. AFTER YOU ARE DONE

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HEMINGWAY APP

Platform: (PC and MAC)

Price: Free (Premium Version Available)

http://www.hemingwayapp.com/

You’ve finished your script, treatment, or blog post, but now what? How do you know if what you’ve written is any good? Hemingway can’t answer to the artistic integrity of your piece. It can help you improve your sentence structure, cut down on your use of adverbs, help you simplify your language, and make get you out of using your passive voice. It’s an indispensable tool for even the most seasoned of writers.

Do you have any apps you use to help with the writing process? I would love to hear about them. Leave them in the comments below!


1 Reply to "6 Kick Ass Apps To Help You Write Better"

  • Mckesson02@gmail.com
    August 6, 2016 (4:22 pm)
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    I use the Ginger Apps to help me write better. I love the 6 kickass apps. I use one out of the six.


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