I might be mucking up words from one of the best know writers on the planet, but I’m just having a little fun with words. As a writer, it’s our obligation to have fun with words—when we write, scribble down inspired plot lines, and even record a few words of inspiration for that next best-selling novel.
The following five smart phone apps will help you tap into your inner wordsmith. So hop on your nearest smartphone or tablet and get those creative juices flowing…
1. Verses: A Notebook for Creative Writers ($0.99 – for iPhone)
Regardless of if you’re a children’s storybook writer, a sci-fi novelist, or a short story writer—all similarly struggle with ideas when they come suddenly. I know I’ve had ideas for a story in the most inopportune of places, such as in bed, on my commute home from work, or during a board meeting with a bunch of stuffy suits. Too often, writers are hit with the muse when they are unable to capture it fully. Unfortunately they end up forgetting their best stuff when they don’t have something to write on or record their ideas down on. The Verses app will capture all of your inspired thoughts. It’s allows users to take notes whenever and wherever they’re struck with genius.
2. INSPIRO ($2.99 – for iPhone)
The INSPIRO app will wake you up from writer’s block faster than you can spell “metaphor”! I use this app whenever I’m feeling particularly low on ideas or when I’m procrastinating. This idea-generating app features 3 “chapters”: The Muse, Scenarios, and the daydream, each chapter will randomly produce a ton of inspiring phrases that can help kick-off your creative endeavors—from short stories to screen plays.
3. Kindle (Free – for Android)
To improve as a writer I constantly seek encouragement, inspiration, and education through the reading of other great writers. That’s why the Kindle app is a great way to enhance your skill and creativity as a writer. The Kindle app gives users access for searching and downloading a huge database of books via your Android device (plus the cost of individual books). Plus, you can use the Kindle device to sync all your books back to your laptop or desktop so they are always available in the cloud. Once only available on Amazon’s own standalone devices, Kindle is now available for popular devices like the iPad right through to more obscure devices like the G-Slate Android tablet from T-Mobile.
4. Instant Audio Recorder ($0.99 – for iPhone)
Taking notes on the back of envelopes and napkins isn’t very effective when you want them to be legible later on. Luckily there’s the Instant Audio Recorder app to take an audio recordings of your most inspired creative musings. This app is handy for capturing ideas, expert research interviews, and prime sources. Simply launch the app and it will automatically start recording so you always have a copy. Plus, you can forward your recordings to your email or iTunes library to listen to, store, or transcribe later on.
5. Dictionary.com Dictionary & Thesaurus (Free – for Blackberry)
The most well-known, comprehensive dictionary and thesaurus duo from Dictionary.com is available for mobile! Giving users access to a database of more than 500,000 words, definitions, and antonyms and synonyms, this app also offers phonetic pronunciations, recent history on words, a new word of the day, spelling suggestions, and social networking functions so you can brag about all the new words you’ve added to your vocabulary and be dubbed a “word snob” by your Facebook friends.