9 of The Best Writing Apps

Are you an app junkie? There is an app for everything these days. Being a writer, we should take advantage of the writing apps out there. We have technology that the writers of old probably never dreamed of. Make sure you check out these writing apps.writing, apps, writing apps, amwriting, Devin Berglund

1. Evernote 

I love Evernote. It’s a great place to save things from the web. It’s also a great place to keep all of your notes and story ideas.

2. Rory’s Storycubes

This is a great app for story prompts. It’s also a fun game to play with family and friends. Love this. They also have a NONE app version where you actually get to roll dice.

3. Pages

Also available on the iPad.

4. Index Card

This app helps you organize your thoughts using index cards. It also syncs well with Scrivener. They also have this for the iPad.

5. WriteChain

This app is great for keeping track of the words you write daily. Log the word count every day so that you don’t break the link.

6. Word

You all know what word does. It’s a great app to have on your iPhone. They also have this for the iPad.

7. Google Docs

Do you work on a bunch of computers? If so, Google Docs is a great way to be accessible to everything.

8. Notes App

This comes automatically on your iPhone and iPad. I love it for jotting down ideas.

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9. Word count Dashboard

This is a great app where you can keep track of your project’s word count. It’s really inspiring. Here is a screenshot from my last project. It’s really cool, because you can set a deadline and also upload a cover. How cool, right?writing, apps, writing apps, amwriting, Devin Berglund

 

 

Did I miss some of your favorites?  Share them in the comments below.

Running a Half Marathon is a Lot Like Writing a New Novel

I’ve found running a half marathon to be a lot like writing a new novel.

Lately I’ve been in a funk when it comes to writing my new novel. The Mason of Hearts is still away with her Editor and since I’ve been settling into a new job and balancing everything else in life, it seems like I’m running a half marathon with beginning and finishing this story.

I really can’t wait to share more information with you all about my new project, but I’ve been marinating in the world and characters of it. It is quite unlike anything I’ve ever written before. But, until then, I’d like to share with you how I believe running a half marathon is a lot like writing a new novel.

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 Mile 1:

Maybe you just got a new idea for a new novel? Now you just have to write it. But, sometimes this moment is the most important part of starting. Allow yourself time to just marinate in it all. Get to know the land and people inside your mind.

I’ve recently seen a Walt Disney saying.

“The way to get started is to QUIT TALKING and BEGIN DOING.”

I’ve always really struggled with this, because I love sharing my ideas with others to get an idea if they think it’s good.

In the future, I am going to try this out.

Mile 2:

This is the point where you start writing ideas down. Either in your favorite notebook or in the Notes app on your phone. I do both! This is my current notebook.

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Green chevron Moleskine. Love the color and size.

Mile 3:

It happens at the most unlikely moment. Say you are laying in bed, when your eyes shoot open forcing you out of bed to write.

So you sit down  & write.

Mile 4: 

After going strong for up to at least 25,000 – 30,000 words (this is usually where I get stuck) you have a tough moment where you aren’t quite sure where you are anymore. Sometimes I feel like Derp, here.

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Experiencing A Novel Writing Intensive.

Novel writing intensives
are great ways to
build yourself as a writer

I recently got back from a novel writing intensive with acclaimed authors Steven James and Robert Dugoni. It was amazing.

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Me, Robert Dugoni, Pam Johnson (Steven’s assistant & editor) and Steven James

The intensive was held on Whidbey Island in Washington, which was a beautiful place for a writer’s imagination to go wild. Or as Anne of Green Gables would say, “So much scope for the imagination.” I love quoting her. 

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© Devin Berglund

I learned so much!

The intensive was definitely intense… but, why would they name it an intensive if it wasn’t going to be intense? Continue reading “Experiencing A Novel Writing Intensive.”

What Not To Do When Editing Your Novel

You DON’T Want To Do This, while Editing…

What Not To Do When Editing Your Novel (1)Editing a novel can be a lot of work.

Many people don’t know how much work really goes into the books on the shelves at bookstores.

People don’t see the thousands of hours spent in a dark room editing, cutting words, rewriting them, doing all that before a deadline, and then doing it all over again.

I thought I’d share with you all some of the things I learned from editing my book The Mason of Hearts this last time. These are the things a writer shouldn’t do while editing their novel. I am going to be fully truthful with you here.

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Don’t Give Up On Your Novel

The Collectibles, Short Story, Writing, Writer, Blog, Blogging, Devin BerglundDo you ever feel like giving up on your novel? Does it feel like inspiration is drifting away? Has doubt grabbed you by the throat and convinced you that your story isn’t good enough to be told? Or that you aren’t a good enough writer to tell it? I’ve had that exact feeling. I’d procrastinate from writing, when the fear would whisper lies like you’ll never finish that novel or your story isn’t interesting enough or your characters are too boring.

When those thoughts enter the threshold of your imagination, it is easy to say to yourself, “My story is dying and I can’t save it.” I believe you have a story, and trust me, your characters want their story to be told. I have found tricks & tips that help writers finish what they have started. Do you want to be one of those writers that finish what they start? Continue reading “Don’t Give Up On Your Novel”

My Editing Style

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I so KNOW this FEELING!

1. What is your editing style?

My editing process is filled with rounds of edits – 4 to 5 at least. After finishing the book, I take a few week break (3-4 weeks) from the book and then I print the manuscript and do a read through. While doing my read through, I write notes upon notes upon notes and mark up the edit.

Then, I edit AGAIN.

After that edit, I save it to my Ibooks on my Ipad and do my read through on there. (I try to switch the format up a bit to see it in different ways.) While doing that, I take notes again.

Edit another time.

Send to critique partner.

Print manuscript. Read through. Make notes.

Last edits.

Send to Beta Readers. (Going to send the books to Beta Readers in the next week or so.)  Want to know more about my writing/editing process? Check this out!

2. While on a deadline, how do you stay on top of your edits?

• Work. Work on it. Work.

• Schedule your writing time.

3. About how many chapters do you aim to finish a day?

Lately, I’ve been trying to edit 2-4 chapters a day.

4. How long do edit for?

As long as it takes to finish the edits.

 

If you liked this editing post, check out the editing posts with other authors:

My Writing Process

What are you working on?

I am so excited to share with you all my writing process.

I am currently working on editing my novel “The Mason of Hearts” which will be the first of a Trilogy titled “The Created Ones Trilogy”

I am super excited about this book. I am currently doing edit number 4. Here are some pictures of my crazy-editing-revision-rewriting process.

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So many things to change and fix… but it’s fun! 🙂

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3 Ways Writers Misuse Repetition

I’ve just come out of the Revision Prison for a break to connect with you all. It’s been a crazy few weeks on the editing/revising side. In the editing/revising stages you find all the ways your novel isn’t working and the ways it is working. And I want to talk to you all today about one thing that puts a damper on our stories. It’s “repetition”.

3 Ways Writers Misuse Repetition

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During edits many writers feel like “everything is awesome!” isn’t what their book is. Remember your book is awesome. But after the edits and revisions it will be “AWESOME AWESOME!”

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Why Traditional Publishing is a lot Like Dating

This is a post where I compare traditional publishing to dating… never thought of that before, right? haha…
(I will be sure to do a post on self-publishing and Indie Publishing – because they are hard too. I think any form of good publishing is hard.) I am in the process of writing a Dating/Writing Series… haha… It is exciting! Check out here if “you are in a complicated relationship with your characters”

Photo Credit : Brooke Shaden
Photo Credit : Brooke Shaden

Do you remember the days when you first started dating?

What are the things that you felt?

Did excitement and adventure circle into your blood stream? I know it did for me. And honestly, I still feel this way with my boyfriend. (I mean for goodness sakes, we are in a long distance relationship… what an adventure.)

But I remember when I was just finding myself as a teenager and how I couldn’t wait to start dating. Every time I saw a cute guy, I started daydreaming. Could that be him? haha… I know… but that is what I’d think. I feel like this is also similar to the publishing life. Continue reading “Why Traditional Publishing is a lot Like Dating”