Saturday, July 25, 2015

Apps/ Websites I Use For Writing

There are tons of different apps and websites out there for writing, brainstorming, etc.

Today, I'm going to post about the different apps/websites that I use to help me with all that stuff, and if you are interested, you can most definitely use them too.
Free stuff!

Anyway, feel free to ask me questions about these things, and I will try to answer them to the best of my ability.
Also, keep in mind that I use a Chrome OS, which means that some of these things are only available on that device.
(sorry! D:) 
IDK, I might be wrong, but anyway...
Let's get started. :D

ooh, pretty cover. XD 

Google Drive

     . This is where all of my actual writing happens. Since I don't have Word on my computer, I just have to stick with this. It's easy, fast, offline compatible, and I can do whatever I want with it. 
(and I can also color code all my files!!!!! -happy dance-) 
So that's pretty much it. You do have to have an account for this, but it's pretty simple.


     .This is pretty much the basic of writing. You can find and save pins and ideas for story writing, as well as read different articles on the matter. 
Pretty much, if you are a writer and don't have a pinterest account, I would be sad for you. It has so many benefits, and you can meet so many different artists and writers with their boards for their stories.
All in all, it's very inspiring. :D 
You just need an account and probably a computer as well to get on. 

Progress Bar Timer

     .I'm not sure if the above link is compatible with whatever you are using, but there are tons of timers like these online, and you can find similar ones almost anywhere. 

this is what it looks like 

It's just a really simple timer thing that I use for projects and word counts for my stuff.
You don't need an account for it. It can get a little glitchy at times, but so far, it's been good. :D
You can have three different kinds of progress bars: Counter, Timer, and Clock.
It's been helping me with finishing typing up my stories, and counting down the time I have until important events.
So yah, that's about it. :P


     . This app is one of my favorites recently. It's supposed to be a journal, but I turned it into a writing tool that has helped me so much.

yah guys, I was up at 1:39 Am. deal with it. XD

This has literally changed my life. You can put in entries, and tag ideas (Oh word, I love tagging, cause then I can just find it right away if I look it up). There is even a tab (see the lightbulb in the pic?) that just has inspirational quotes on it.
what even. <<< my first reaction.
You can attach pictures, write down ideas, and there is even a calendar for your entries.
I don't know about you guys, but that is so cool, and being the person I am, I love this.
Another feature: you can have this password protected (just go to settings) so hackers can't find all your ideas. :D
All in all, five stars for this app, because it loads quickly, works offline, and works with all my personalized things.
Yay for five stars!

Concept Board 

     . This is another one that is pretty cool. Although it doesn't work offline, it still has a lot of potential. I was first introduced to this by my critique group leader from the writing workshop I was at. 

It's pretty much a Pinterest thing, but it has a lot more features, and can be used for storyboarding, storing ideas, and collaborating. It's pretty cool. :D
You can literally drag any picture off the internet onto the boards. They are like infinite white-boards, it's so cool.

this part of one of my storyboards.

You can label and comment on anything, pretty much whatever you want.
You do need an account for this, and space is limited, but otherwise, it's pretty swell. You can share it with people, and they can comment and add to it as well.
I look forward to lots of great ideas from this too. :D


     . I also use Scratchpad, but that app is (as far as I know) only on Chrome OS. D: It's pretty cool though, and any Chrome OS users probably have it as a default on their device. I use it for facts about my stories and as a more brainstorming place to write. 

     . Google Keep is also a big one that I sometime use, but it was mostly replaced by Scratchpad and Journey. Reason being, one day it just lost all my notes on my stories and I haven't trusted it much since. I still use it, but only with little things that I won't mind loosing. :)

     . My Noise Net: I can't mention this enough, and I have it permanently bookmarked. It's one of my favorite things to help me write. You don't need an account, just listen. :D 

And that's all I have for today!
What are your favorite apps/ websites that you use to help you write? I would love to hear about them! 
If you have any questions or comments about this post, please tell me below and I will get to them as soon as I can.
Have an amazing weekend everyone! -Saphira. :D  

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