Writers are busy people. Very few of us have the liberty of being a full-time writer which means we have to steal every minute we can from the busy lives of working writers. I myself squeeze a few minutes in here and there on my lunch breaks, or reserve an hour or two on a Sunday evening for the tap tap tap of keyboard keys. It’s no wonder we’re desperate to make things easier! But have no fear, outstanding apps are here. (I wanna bet you read that last line in a deep voice – if you didn’t try it again!)
So I’m going to reveal my most treasured and sacred writing secrets that make my life easier – this means that I can write on the go wherever I am.
Now this is no surprise to most of you Facebook savvy people as it’s the number one tool for keeping track of your overwhelming engagement on Facebook. Why not use the Facebook app you may ask? Well the Facebook as app is restricted in many ways and managing your page is one of them. This app gives you access to your insights and separates your page to allow easy management.
This is a basic one and if you’re not already using Twitter to grow your following or improve engagement then maybe you should spend a few minutes looking into this effective tool. Twitter is so unique its way of allowing you to connect so quickly and effectively with people all over the world. You can now reach those fans that aren’t necessarily easy to get to.
This is a seriously underrated social media platform and I think all writers should engage with it. Sometimes writing is a very lonely journey. Embarking on the single road of adventure can leave you feeling isolated from the people around you as well as your fans. By documenting your day to day life shows a new side to you as a writer and breaths a breathe of fresh air into your writing approach. Instagram is full of booklovers. It’s time to go out and find them.
This is your basic blogging tool. Wordpress has a sleek and simple app that allows you to edit, update, blog and monitor your stats on the go. If you’re serious about writing then you need to set yourself up on this. When that marvelous blog idea suddenly comes to you, there’s no better way to jot it down than directly into your website ready for later – and you can access it from anywhere. And you even get to view the finished product. Perfect!
Speaking of accessing stuff. Dropbox is the best tool for this by far. Have you heard about this magical thing called the cloud? Well Dropbox is a cloud. Save your documents here and you can log in from any device with internet. It’s a great place for keeping drafts of your next novel and there’s no way that rusty old computer will give up on you, or you’ll lose that memory stick. Just log in to your account. Easy!
This is your dream list builder. I have a million and one things to do on a daily basis so noting my ideas down into categorised lists is fantastic. I use it to organise my blog ideas and focus my intentions for scheduling, content and relevance. It’s just a simple way to keep track of all that choas!
This is literally the best kept secret in the world of blogging! So Buffer allows you to schedule your Twitter and Facebook accounts to post what you want at the best time for you. Remember I mentioned writers that have jobs too? Well I can’t afford to be glued to my Twitter account but what better way to keep in touch with fans than to schedule my content when my followers are online. It guarantees your impact. Genius!
So there you have it. The 7 best apps for writers and a brief how to use them. Are there any apps that you use? What’s your favourite? It would be interesting to see how ours compare. Leave my a comment below!