Using Your iPhone As A Writing Tool

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Have you ever been out and about and thought of a great line to add to your story, but have no way to write it down at that particular moment?

Recently I found a free app that has helped with my writing in a few ways. The app is called Smart Voice Recorder. I can record a moment of inspiration or a quick reminder to change a scene. I also found it useful to record bits of conversation that I would other wise forget. I especially like to capture realistic dialog from other people that I might hear while walking in the mall or other public places.

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Reference Tools For Writers

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It’s  good to have a few reference tools at your fingertips when you are writing. When you include accurate details to your story, the story becomes more vivid and feels more authentic.

There is nothing more exciting to a reader than to find something they can relate to because they have experienced, saw, or remembered something similar in their own life. Below are three resources that I find useful from time to time.

Purdue OWL

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/owlprint/738/
This site has links to dictionaries, manuals, handbooks, libraries, journal and online magazines.
This page contains links and short descriptions of writing resources including dictionaries, style manuals, grammar handbooks, and editing resources. It also contains a list of online reference sites, indexes for writers, online libraries, books and e-texts, as well as links to newspapers, news services, journals, and online magazines.

Refdesk
http://www.refdesk.com
This site has links from soup to nuts information. The list goes on and on. Automated news feeds, facts at a glance, dictionaries, calculators and a large list of other categories.
The American Society for Indexing

http://www.asindexing.org
This site has gathered many reference resources and list has them listed in an A to Z format.

Editing

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You finally finished that book and it looks perfect. You’ve reread it so many times you couldn’t change a word and now your mind is in a whirl. What can I do to make it shine? Am I missing something? I found a free online editor that helps. Their premium service is $35.00 per year which still isn’t too bad for the help you get. You can find it at http://prowritingaid.com/

Writing prompts

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Sometimes you feel like pulling your hair out to find that next creative sentence.

Have you ever sat there staring at your monitor wondering where your writing project is going next? Should your main character just jump off a cliff and end it all.

I find stepping away from the project and writing something else helps. Here are a few places where you can get free writing prompts.

http://www.jc-schools.net/write/create.htm

http://creativewritingprompts.com

http://www.inkprovoking.com

Memoir contest

Everyone has a memoir in them, but can you do it in six words?  www.smithmag.net/sixwords has a contest for entering a six word memoir about a special time in your life. They also have weekly caption contests. The winner gets a fifty dollar gift card from Shutterfly. The latest contest ends March 15th. My six words to you. “Take the plunge and enter now.”