Choosing to be a writer in the modern age of technology means that you’ll have to overcome some seriously sticky situations if you hope to flourish at your skill. There are numerous issues that you’ll have to face if you want to make it in the competitive world of freelancing, copywriting or penning stories!
The first issue that most writers must confront is an unsuspecting one – which slowly but surely impacts your health over a series of months. Sitting in a chair for 10-12+ hours per day. Yes – it’s as simple as that. Sitting has become a massive issue for both writers and many other professionals within tech.
Another common dilemma that plagues writers everywhere is known as “writer’s block” – which poses a significant threat to both your sanity and your bottom line.
However, perhaps the most difficult aspect of being a writer is the fact that you must continuously push yourself to actually keep writing. Writers often only have themselves available to remain accountable for staying productive.
So – what does all of this have to do with the mobile apps?
Well, the App Store and Google Play Store can equally help you in defeating some of the most common issues that writers must deal with.
Writing can be a tough gig. So, you might as well try using a few iOS or Android apps to help you in defeating writer’s block, remaining productive, or generating revenue from a laptop wherever you may be.
We’ve listed out the 8 Must-Have Apps for Writers to keep you motivated and pumping out quality content for years to come.
1. TextExpander 3 ($4.99 iOS)
A powerful mobile tool that helps you cut down on the time it takes to write content. TextExpander 3 syncs with other apps, and provides you with a custom keyboard that helps writers create content faster. Extremely convenient for publishing long emails or coming up with last-minute content on-the-go.
2. Split Screen ($6.99 Mac)
If you ever want to write on your Mac keeping two windows side by side then this app is just for you. Very easy to use and the resizing can be done by keyboard shortcuts as well.
3. Lumo Lift (Free iOS)
This is the posture app that will keep you sitting up straight as you write. Writers have a tendency to constantly slouch and hunch their shoulders forward throughout the day, which can become extremely detrimental to one’s overall health. Lumo Lift allows you to attach a small digital clip to your body (must be purchased) which then vibrates when you need to readjust your posture – automatically reminding you to sit up straight! You can then track the progress of your posture through the Lumo Lift app for iOS.
4. Hemingway App (Free on Mobile Web)
While this is technically a web app, and isn’t currently available for iOS or Android, it’s still accessible via any mobile web browser, and is one of the most helpful apps that writers can use. The Hemingway App allows you to input any block of text, and then automatically analyzes your content for grammar and clarity. It even shows you how to improve your sentence structure for maximum readability. This is truly a must-have app for writers.
5. Pomodoro Timer ($1.99 iOS)
The Pomodoro Timer is an app which helps you use one of the most effective time-management techniques known as the Pomodoro Technique™. The app will encourage you to work (or in your case, write) for 25 minutes, and then take a 3-5 minute break. You’ll then work again for 25 minutes, and then take another short break. You’ll eventually be encouraged take a much longer break after continuing this cycle a few more times. It’s a great strategy to write in short bursts, so that you remain highly-productive as you write.
6. Noisli ($1.99 iOS)
This is one of the greatest productivity apps which writers can use to help eliminateNoisli writer’s block while simultaneously supercharging your “flow state.” It can be extremely difficult to get in that distraction-free state of mind – to where you’re completely focused on the task at hand. Noisli acknowledges this fact of life, and has made the ability to focus much more attainable for writers everywhere. Noisli provides users with the relaxing sounds of white noise, coffee shops, traveling trains and more to help you achieve ultimate focus.
7. Terminology 3 ($2.99 iOS)
Every writer knows that when it comes time to write, you’ll need to keep a handy thesaurus nearby to find just the right words. However, having a thesaurus in the form of a mobile app is just plain convenient. And Terminology 3 is one of the most powerful and easy-to-use dictionary/thesaurus combination apps on the market for iOS.
8. Evernote (Free iOS/Android)
This is an ideal app for jotting down quick notes whenever brilliance happens to strike. You really never know when you’ll come up with a new story idea, article topic or catchy headline. Evernote makes it easy for you to capture your ideas whenever they occur, regardless of where you happen to be.
By using these apps in your day-to-day life, you can surely leverage your skill as a writer and limit time-wasting through the Pomodoro Timer, improve your sentence structure with the Hemingway App, and read during your lunch breaks using the Kindle app.
Many people still believe that the mobile marketplace mainly consists of silly games and flashlight-utility apps. However, the truth is that there are so many options available to assist you with your craft – that it’s almost unbelievable how extremely lucky we are to live in times like these.
The App Store and Google Play Store are fruitful utopias full of amazing tools to help you write better content in a more efficient manner than ever before.
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