And yet I can picture some of those quillers adamantly clutching their feathers to their chests, vowing never to let their fingertips go anywhere near the cold hard keys of a typewriter. Even today we writers can either reject new technology, or let it help us.
Signing a 3-book contract with deadlines is a teensy bit terrifying. Okay, let me be honest. It is a whole lot terrifying. I need help. Google and my smartphone became my BFF's as I hunted for something that would help me increase my output consistently.
I found 3 apps that work for me.
This little app is simple, yet genius. You create projects, enter your deadlines and it will work out how many words you need to write per day to finish on time.
It also tracks how long it will take to finish at your current pace.
It has an option to write to a 25 minute timer and at the end it awards you virtual guava's, which you accumulate and spend on virtual treats. Who doesn't love a virtual guava?
There are all sorts of writing stats and graphs to track your writing streaks, progress and speed. I love being able to see my progress visually. You can work on multiple projects at the same time.
The nifty toolbox features a dictionary, thesaurus and word salad.
One of my favourite things is the featured writing quote on the home page that changes regularly.
Simply, nifty, and working for me!
2. Character Story Planner
The title of this one is pretty self-explanatory.
This app enables you to carry your character planning with you throughout your day. (If you are like me and take your phone everywhere, of course.)
Each character is assigned multiple tabs that you can fill in with as much, or as little detail as you want to.
So the next time you're sitting in a boring meeting and get struck with awesome insight into your current people, capture it right there. It also allows you to run multiple projects at the same time and list your characters per book.
3. Vocabulary Builder
This is my latest addition. I installed it last night in a weak moment of giving in to procrastination. Basically, Vocabulary Builder is a word quiz that teaches you new words. You have the option of practicing words without a time limit. Once you finish a round of words, it unlocks the next set.
You also get to test your word-knowledge against other random people from across the globe in quizzes .
So this app is what I call 'productive procrastination'. You get to have a break from your WIP but still hone your skills at the same time.
These three apps work beautifully for me. I'd love to know if you have other things that you use to help you with your writing.
Dianne J. Wilson writes novels from her hometown in East London, South Africa, where she lives with her husband and three daughters. She has just signed a three book contract for a YA series, Spirit Walker, with Pelican / Watershed.