It's Friday Fives over at Paper Hangover, and this week they want to know
Hmm. I'll be honest. I use my phone for tweeting and texting. I don't own an iPad or a Kindle. Actually, the only apps I think I use involve a graphing calculator, and I don't think you stopped by my blog today to hear about those. Besides Google Docs and maybe online thesaruses and dictionaries, I don't know that I use any writing apps. Or maybe I am and I don't know they qualify for app status.
So, with that mind mush out of the way, I decided to share the five apps I have recently (some as of yesterday) discovered, have already bookmarked, and plan to use as often as I indulge in a pedicure (which is practically never, but like these apps, I sure could use one).
1) Archetype - a free idea generator for plots and characters. Here's an example:
Your character has problems with impatience, has nightmares about otters, and can't stand foreign affairs.
Also has been researching illegal drugs.
Huh. The site also has visual and writing prompts and a bunch of other cool stuff.
2) If I had an iPhone I would download Nameshake - it sounds like a Magic Eight Ball for character name inspiration.
3) And Writing Prompts. An endless supply of creative inspiration? But *sigh*, also for iPhone. I think I may have to trade in my Crackberry sooner than later.
4) Write or Die. And Edit Minion. They just look and sound awesome.
5) And finally, Scrivener. Helps you create order from chaos as you navigate through that first draft. It has a corkboard, an outliner, places to input target word counts - oh here, just look at this sample
and this one
*sigh* I want this. And it's not super expensive, but it's only available for Macs. Take that back. There is a beta version for Windows. I'm toying with the download. I'll let you know how that goes.
So, any writer apps YOU love? Or other apps that are just fun?
Have a great weekend!