Still using a pencil and tablet to write your novel? Guilty! We get it, there is nothing like jotting down your words, thoughts and scribbles with a freshly sharpened pencil.
While it may be hard to incorporate technology into your writing process, it is definitely well worth it. And, we’re not just talking about Word’s spellchecker!
Here are 5 smartphone apps that every writer should download:
We can all talk faster than we can type, right? That’s why this app is great! Dragon Diction allows you to record your voice, then it automatically types it out for you! In fact, it claims to be 5x fasters than typing on a keyboard!
Facebook…. Twitter… Candy Crush… are you getting distracted every time you sit down to write? Put a stop to it with Anti-Social, an app that blocks you from going to time-sucking websites, games and apps. You simply set the amount of time you want to work and it will block you from going to those sites during that time period.
Writer’s Block Buster
We’ve all had writer’s block and our novels can surely suffer from it. This app, Writer’s Block Buster, will help you beat the block. It has an extensive database of questions and explanations for several things that maybe giving you writer’s block.
Want to know if what you have so far is well-written? Hemingway can help! It highlights long, complex sentences and errors. It shows adverbs in blue and provides you with a list of stronger verbs that can take its place. It marks passive voice phrases in green and words that are too long in purple. This app is just as good as having an English teacher with a red pencil.
Okay, this is a given, but it’s really a great app! The dictionary app shows you the meanings of a word, its pronunciation, its origin, and more. It also includes a thesaurus to help you find stronger words. This app even works when you’re offline.