I created this page to a share a few tools, apps, and websites that I use to help tame my creative process.
There are a lot of ideas that goes through me head on a daily basis and sometimes it gets hard to filter and control it all. These are some things that I have found help. Please note the titles are links.
I cannot even begin to stress how beneficial this app/website combo is when it comes to getting my ideas down.
From the Andriod app, you can…type out notes, take pictures, record audio clips, and even use ‘voice to text’ to take notes. This is extremely beneficial if you are on the move a lot, or if your like me. I recently starting training for a triathlon as a way to get break from writing, but who am I kidding? It’s always on my mind. Speech to text lets me press the ‘call’ button on my bluetooth, say my idea and have it saved as a note, then press the button again, and I’m back to music.
Once you’re done with the app, go home, log on to Evernote’s website, and everything is there waiting for you.
Best of all, it’s free! I probably use the app 10 times a day to jot stuff down.
Free space online. That’s all you need to know. Dropbox is an online database that allows you to store files. You can access from any web browser, or an app from your phone.
I believe signing up for free gets you 2 Gigs of space (more then enough for text files) and if you’d like to increase that, you can purchase more.
I primarily use Dropbox for universal access to my book, as well as a back up should something happen to my computer.
When I do write in a physical notebook (which is rare) I use Moleskine notebooks.
Nothing special here, just simplistic, good looking, quality notebooks.
The do have a special notebook to work in conjunction with the Evernote app, but I have yet to use it. If anyone has and can comment on it, please do!
Found out about this from Pat Flynn over at the Smart Passive Income blog.
It’s a website that allows you to map out ideas into little bubbles. Then you can connect the bubbles, put in notes, and create lists under the bubbles.
Interesting visual representation tool. I haven’t played around with it too much, but I won’t lie, I’m not really a fan of the layout. I knew some people would really enjoy this though so I figured I’d post it anyways. Who knows, maybe I’ll give it another shot soon.
iGE Lite is an app that I downloaded on to my phone. It’s a very well thought out, instructional app to help with grammar. There’s a lot of useful information and interactive tests. Grammar is something I need to work on, so occasionally, when I’m board at work, I’ll pull my phone out and go through a few exercises.
I’ve found a couple different freelance writing site online. These sites are a great way to make a little bit of money, and fine tune your writing skills in the process. Need unbiased criticism and writing exercises to get your creative process flowing? These sites are perfect for that.
This is a s site that I belong to and have so far written 5 articles for. It matches up authors with companies or people who need articles written about certain subjects. You will need to complete a writing sample and a few other pieces of information before they’ll approve you as a writer (if they approve you). There is a rating system from 1-5 and whatever your sample gets scored, is what jobs you have access too. I scored a 4 on my writing sample, so I had access to most jobs on the site. Now, every 5 jobs you complete, they will average the score of your jobs and decide whether or not to change your rating. This is done to ensure Authors continue to produce quality material. Upon completing my first 5 articles, I was dropped to a 3 due to my grammar issues. I stopped writing to focus on my book and this site more, but had I completed another 5 articles, with improved grammar and scored a collective 4, I would have been bumped back up. The pay is processed through Paypal once a week, which is nice, and you will need to submit a W9 form before requesting a payout.
If you’re looking for a way to improve your writing skills and make a little money, this site is the best one I’ve found so far.