5 Apps to Help You Through NaNoWriMo

Wednesday 5 November 2014 by

Evernote, App, Technology, Writing

Evernote

I’ve talked about how useful Evernote is as a tool for writers before, but a reminder for you in this month of crazy word counts and cramming your writing in whenever and wherever you can: Evernote is fantastic for two reasons. One, it’s free. Two, it syncs across all your devices. Writing on your lunch break at work? Pick up exactly where you left off at home on your computer. It doesn’t have as many formatting/editing functions as a full word processor, but when speed is the name of the game, you’re not worrying about that anyway…

Write or Die, Writing, App

Write or Die

Are you the sort of person who needs a bit of a kick up the backside to keep yourself from procrastinating? Write or Die can be programmed to do one of three things if you stop writing for certain periods of time – play a scary noise, pop up reminders, or quelle horreur untyping the words you’ve done. If it’s your sort of thing, it’s a great way to keep focused, and available on the web for free. You can also purchase a desktop version for $20.

Written Kitten, Writing, App

Written? Kitten!

Write or Die sound a bit much for you? Perhaps Written? Kitten! will be more up your street. This simple web based app rewards you with a new kitten, puppy or bunny picture after every 100 words (this can be adjusted). Positive reinforcement and cute cat pictures are bound to help some people whizz through their words.

Voice recorder, Apple, iPhone, App, Writing

Voice Memo Apps

Most phones come with one of these as standard. For those moments when you don’t have the hands free to write, why not dictate your ideas or even a scene or two into your voice memo app. They don’t have a massive amount of memory, so you probably won’t want to be talking for longer than a few minutes, but to quickly capture that brilliant idea before you forget it, voice memos are great.

Writing, Notepad, iPhone, Apple, App

Notepad Apps

Again, they usually come as standard on phones. Not as good as Evernote, perhaps, but Evernote depends on internet connection, and you don’t always have one. Especially if you live in the sticks like me. Your basic notepad can be a lifesaver, great for jotting down a few words on your lunch break, or just to record thoughts and ideas as they occur to you throughout the day, ready to turn into scenes and words when you sit down to your NaNo session that evening. Remember, NaNo is all about making the most of what time you have – so coming to your writing session prepared with a ruck of ideas will make the words fly out of your fingers.

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