January 27, 2014

Monday Pep Rally: Programs and Apps for Writers

We've changed up our format a little bit for these posts. Because we've all gotten so used to getting our thoughts down in 140 characters, we're taking the discussion to twitter! Every Monday, we'll be talking about our Pep Rally question on twitter and we'd love you to join in. Just keep an eye out for the #MisfitPepRally hashtag!

I've been working on book two of the Between trilogy, and one of my favorite procrastination research methods lately has been exploring the wide, wide world of programs and apps designed to help writers.

I'm sure we've all heard of Scrivener, which I find helpful for planning but not so much for the actual writing. (Which is so bizarre because I feel like I SHOULD love Scrivener. I write completely out of order, so Scrivener sounds perfect for me. But I still just write in Word, skipping around from scene to scene and cutting and pasting all over the place.) I actually prefer to use Subplot--it gives me the organizational features of Scrivener, but you don't write in Subplot at all. You develop characters and plan scenes and set goals, but that's it. It's strictly organizational software--no word processing.

I've also been using Write or Die to help get words out for this draft. As most of you have heard me say a million times, I'm an extremely slow writer. I am really bad about editing as I write, and I can reword a sentence for days. When you're in draft mode, this is NOT an effective way to every finish the draft. Write or Die pushes me to write quickly and meet timed writing goals by giving me my choice of positive or negative reinforcement. 

But lately, my most favorite discovery is an app called Songza. It generates a playlist for you based on the time of day you're listening. If it's in the morning, you choose from a variety of situations, like- working out, waking up, etc. and it gives you a playlist. I like the randomness of it, and it saves me the time of creating new playlists on my own. It doesn't factor in my own musical preferences--which could be considered a downside--but I like that it introduces me to songs I may not have heard before. 

What about you? Are there any apps or programs you like to use to help you when you're writing? 


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