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NaNoWriMo: Apps

Writing Apps

NaNoWriMo is both a fun and exhausting event, so why not increase your abilities by using some of the fantastic writing apps available?  Whether you need some inspiration, help staying productive, or are jumbling plotlines, there is an app for you.  Check out some of the ones below to get started!

Inspirational Apps

Inkflow Visual Notebook

Free way to visualize your ideas. Available in App Store.

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Paper by FiftyThree

Write and sketch ideas, create diagrams and more.  Available for free in the App Store.

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Use for prompts and inspirational images. Free in the App Store.



Imagination prompt generator

Look through short prompts to get the juices flowing

Daily Writing

Improve your writing with help from this free site!

Agent Obvious

Want to know the ins and outs of getting published for real?  Check out this advice from an editor turned agent.

Productivity Apps

Cold Turkey Writer

This app shuts down distracting apps and websites until you have reached either a time limit or word count.  Free desktop app for Mac and PC.

Write or Die

Choose from 3 modes, then get writing!  If you stop typing, you will get punished in different ways depending on your mode of choice.  Available free as a web based tool, although a more detailed paid version is available.

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Focus 45

A customizable Google Chrome extension that limits access to distracting sites for 45 minutes at a time.

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Site blocker for Mac which allows you to block designated sites for blocks of time.

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Keep focused with ambient coffee shop noise options. There are a variety to choose from.

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Editing Apps


Use their templates to think through your story, then save in the cloud. Free and paid versions across desktop and mobile.

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Writer's Blocks

Create storyboards in an environment that is similar to Microsoft Word. Free, Windows only trial for 14 days