The Glory of Scrivener

Part 1: What’s the point? ~ By Melina Kantor I’m not kidding when I say I wrote my first novel on a whim. I’m also not kidding when I say I had nothing better to do at the time. It was November of 2007, and there was this event I kept hearing about called National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  I had an idea for a novel, so I figured 50,000 words in 30 days? Why not? I had a basic outline in my head. I even had a feel for who the protagonist was. So I opened up a...

Apps With ‘Tude

~ By Melina Kantor Happy Friday! Since we’ve been talking a lot about writing goals this month, I figured it was time to find an app we’ll be able to use once our goals are met. So, I present to you, Story Tracker. (Note: This app has a “lite” free version, and a full version for $6.99) This app will help you keep track of all your submissions and help you stay up to date on the market. From the iTunes store: Story Tracker makes keeping track of your submitted stories, novels, poems, scripts, and articles easy. Never wonder...

Apps With ‘Tude

~ By Melina Kantor Ah, hello Friday! It’s about time you showed up. Finally, it’s time for rest, relaxation, and writing. We’ve been talking a lot about goals this month, so today I bring you a goal-setting app along with some inspiration from a very special author. The Goals Keeper app lets you list multiple goals and shows a progress meter for each goal. What goals should you enter? Well, that’s up to you. Maybe you want to write a certain number or words per day, or write for a certain number of minutes per day, or revise a...

Apps With ‘Tude

The New Year Edition ~ By Melina Kantor Happy New Year! And TGIF! 🙂 Got writing goals / plans for 2011? Need some inspiration? Yes? Perfect. There just happens to be an app for that. The 365 Topics Calendar App will provide you with a prompt for each day of the year. (You can also click the “random” button.) So when you’re stuck at that keyboard and struggling to stick to your writing resolutions, select a prompt and get to work. There’s no time like the present. Let’s open the app get started with an exercise: Write a scene...

Apps With ‘Tude

Writer Care and Recovery Edition ~ By Melina Kantor Happy Friday, fellow chick lit fans! We’re back, with more apps. But first, a lesson: So I took my own advice and used all those cool writing apps I was talking about. At the height of the frenzy (aka NaNoWriMo), I was on a train, drinking a cup of coffee with one hand and writing my novel on my phone with my other hand (using just my thumb). I had a goal, and there was no way I wasn’t going to reach it. Never mind that I made the horrible...

Apps With ‘Tude #3

The NaNoWriMo Kickoff Edition! ~ By Melina Kantor Hello Everyone, and TGIF! As we discussed last week, it’s almost time for NaNoWriMo! Yay! 🙂 Don’t let that scare you! We’re here to help. With apps, of course. As a bonus, we’re even throwing in a few extra resources. (If you’re not participating in NaNo, the just consider this a list of fun writing treats.) 1. Word Count Apps WriteChain allows you to set a writing goal, and then keep track of your writing progress. If you keep up, you create a chain. If you don’t, you break it. WriMoDemon...

Apps With ‘Tude #2

The First Date Edition! ~ By Melina Kantor Hello! And TGIF! I hope you’ve all had a great week! The weekend’s almost here, and for many that means getting ready to dive into some serious writing. Which means that some of us need to wake up our muses. Luckily, like I said last week, there are apps for that! Here are this week’s muse-pleasing apps with ‘tude. * Drumroll please! * Question of the Day — Your Character Building App: Has this ever happened to you? You’ve thought up a perfect protagonist, with a cute flippy haircut, an adorable...

Apps With ‘Tude

Useful, muse pleasing apps for the chick lit writer. . . ~ By Melina Kantor Hello Fellow Chick Lit Writers and Fans! Congratulations! You’ve made it through another busy week. If your week was anything like mine, you didn’t get any writing done. But fear not. The weekend’s here! And for many, this weekend is three glorious days, so there’s plenty of writing time ahead. However, my muses (aka “Basement Divas”), which I told you about earlier this week, have had the week off, and they’ve been sitting around doing nothing but drinking cafe au lait, putting their feet...

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