Tools for the Writer

After last week’s post about free podcasts, I started to search around (read: procrastinate) about other technological helpers made for the writer. Now, I haven’t tried any of these yet, but when I have the time, I certainly will. If you use any, please leave a comment with your opinion and experiences. Hopefully, some of these can be useful tools for the writer who needs help organizing or becoming motivated or just is always on the fly that they need a swift place to record their writing. Also, there might be more exceptional programs, but because I fall under the category of “poor writer of no importance,” the programs & podcast I am sharing today are all FREE. Click on the images to access more information. Enjoy!

8David Morley, Director of the Warwick Writing Programme, leads you through a series of creative writing challenges designed to help you develop your creativity and talent as a writer and reader.



A Novel Idea Use its simple interface to create your characters, locations, scenes, and novels and then link them together to create your story’s plot. Use the Idea feature to quickly jot down your creative sparks and link them to your story elements. Arrange your scenes by dragging and dropping them into place. Add scene goals and objectives for each character.


MoleskineThe look and feel are classic Moleskine; the digital capabilities are inspiring. Enjoy all the things you usually do with your Moleskine journals, and send your creations out into the world, page after page.


WerdsmithWerdsmith turns your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a portable writing studio, so you can write any time, any place.



Pocket WritersGot a great idea for a story? Then why not write it. Pocket Writers has a simple three-step publishing system. Give us a title, write your story, publish. It really is that easy. You can save your stories as drafts and come back to work on them later.


Daily DiaryDaily Diary will make it easy for you to start writing your personal dairy. It has a beautiful interface that will make dairy writing more fun and enjoyable. Daily Diary is safe and efficient. Daily Diary is password protected so that it will be private for you.


Flash Fiction PrompterFlash Fiction Prompter is an easy-to-use and simple writing prompter that provides a instant starting point for your Flash Fiction (or other short literary forms) by giving you a random character, setting, and plot, which are the basic ingredients for any story.


Chain-StoryCreate. Collaborate. Compete.Did you ever play that writing game at school? You know the one – you write something, pass it on to someone else who continues the story, who then passes it on to another person who gets to see what the previous person wrote, but not what you wrote… and so on. This app is that, but with no paper required. You don’t even have to be in the same country, let alone the same room!


A Writerly Gift…to me!

I hope everyone had a marvelous New Year’s Eve. I finally had a night that didn’t end in disaster like previous years (a fellow party-goer laid out on a stretcher covered in his own blood and not moving due to his newly broken neck or getting stuck on a downtown train in the Financial District). No, this year was just friends, Proseco, and baked goods. Perfect.

Today was sunny and on the warmish side in NYC. I had some how deluded myself into thinking that I was going to get work done today but instead I bought myself a New Year’s Day gift. I splurged and bought a three-pack of these Thomas Paul designed notebooks.

I normally purchase three-packs of Moleskine notebooks. They are slim, I like the quality of the paper, and I can easily throw them in my bag. But, alas, I succumbed and rationalized this gift to myself as a celebration of the New Year. I also love nautical artwork and one of my local bookstores was having a 20% off sale today.

Geez, nerd alert! Did I just write about notebooks?  My brain feels like mush now but hopefully not after the conclusion of this coming week. Hooray to 2012!