With the New Year freshly turned, I’m looking for ways to increase productivity and organization in 2016. It’s not a new goal, but because of technology, every year there are more choices, and with more options it becomes harder to find things.
I’ve started a list of apps and programs to help, support and assist writers that I’m exploring or already using.
For Desktop: The hammer, screwdriver, and saw of writing.
Scrivener – literatureandlatte.com – This is the program that I mainly write in. It’s cross platform and works very well with my need for visual organization. There are many things to love about Scrivener.
Grammarly – I’m a new convert, and while I’ve taken it out for a test drive, I think what I like best about it, is that it brings focus to potential problems. I don’t always agree, and that’s okay.
Hemingway – The best way to highlight your overuse of things. Less intensive than Grammarly and because of that more friendly, IMHO.
Slick Write – Stats. Did I mention I love stats? Have fun, but carve out at least an hour to play.
Aeon Timeline – I have yet to sit down and use this, but I keep hoping to backtrack and plug all my notes and paper data into it.
For Mobile: The goal on mobile is to keep track of word counts on the go and set daily goals across projects. What I dream of is an app that stacks sprint counts, but I’m still searching for one.
Writeometer (Android only) – Jury is out. Wish it was on iOS.
5000 words per hour – I downloaded it today so we’ll see if I use it.
Ink on – seems like it could be useful, but the interface is clunky. I’m hoping that I’ll get used to it.