Once upon a time, not so very long ago, a writer’s toolbox consisted of a notebook, a selection of pens and pencils, erasers, a dictionary, and, if he or she was lucky, a typewriter. Today’s writer may still use pens, pencils and erasers but the typewriter has been replaced with a computer and the dictionary with a smartphone app. Besides a dictionary, here are other free apps that are useful for writers.
If you have ever wished for a portable filing cabinet/notepad combination, Evernote is exactly what you need. If you want to remember something, make a note of it in Evernote. You can capture screen shots, scan receipts, write notes (or even whole chapters), attach files and more. Notes can be categorized, tagged and searched. Your data can be synched across devices and stored online. Evernote is available for both Android and Apple devices.
Have you already said, remarked and replied? Thesaurus.com will tell you that you can also announce, tell, or explain. When the exact word escapes you, put in a close synonym and a multitude of options will appear. Download the Android or Apple versions from Thesaurus.com.
If mind maps are your favorite way of brainstorming, IMindMap HD is a valuable tool that allows you create and add to mind maps and synch them with mind maps on your other devices. Use a template to get you started and insert links, text notes, photos and more. Download the Android version or the Apple version.
Available for both Apple and Android products (and your desktop computer), Toodledo is a to-do list on steroids. It includes a scheduler and it sends notifications to you as requested. You can even get reminders based on your current location. Outline your current projects, delegate tasks, attach files, and even track the time you spend on a project. You can share lists with friends, family or co-workers and even create a hotlist of the most important things to you (or those that are due the soonest).
Find Me Coffee:
While yesterday’s writer may have toiled at a desk in the attic, today’s writer is apt to be on-the-go and juggling multiple projects for a number of employers. Coffee shops are known to be good places to charge your laptop, get a bite to eat and even get some work done. Find Me Coffee is available for Android and Apple and claims to show all coffee shops near a location. Phone numbers are given so you can call ahead. You can also search for amenities such as WiFi, a drive thru or parking.
If you are a writer looking for work, Freelancer is a website that connects those seeking work with those who need writers or other professionals for particular projects. Employers offer projects; freelancers bid on them, and employers can hire one of the bidders. While few will get rich from the offered jobs, picking up a few odd jobs is not difficult, and if you need help on a project and do not know who to call, you can hire help. Their app is available for both Apple and Android.