Write Your Novel on a Smartphone
You cook your own simple meals and iron your own shirts. You know, like normal people. You clean your bathrooms and do your own dishes. You don’t have the money to “outsource” your everyday chores to make time to write.
You certainly don’t have a ghost writer. The only person who will get your writing done is…you.
When I sit down to write, I remember the literal laundry list of dirty clothes and folded laundry. The sticky floors, the dirty dishes, the overflowing trash is all calling my name. It’s hard for me to be tied to a chair in front of the computer for 30 minutes when I know I have to get lunches packed for the next day.
Does this sound familiar?
Sure it’s hard. It’s a fight every day for mommas to carve out time to pee much less to write for thirty minutes. I do sometimes write on my phone WHILE I’m peeing. As long as the baby is in his playpen and not crying (he cries because I’ve put him down for literally a minute.) He’s been very attached lately. He’s an eight-month-old so I can’t really blame the poor little guy.
Lately, the best time to get a little revision or hurried writing in is while I’m breastfeeding. If have more energy than the bare minimum that allows me to scroll aimlessly through Facebook in order to keep my eyes open, I will whip open one of a few apps. Here are a few that I find useful to get some writing in while I have a few minutes during my day.
The app that I use most often lately is Scrivener. The app has only recently become available at the time of this blog post. It’s awesome. Well worth the money I spent. It syncs with my computer via Dropbox.
Google Drive allows me to basically brain-dump ideas for books, articles and blog posts. I have designated folders for blog ideas and creative writing for books.
Notes occasionally serves me well as a quick spot to write down a story idea. Mostly I use it for grocery lists and copy/paste recipes from Facebook.
WordPress is an excellent way to post pictures from your phone onto your blog without having to upload them to your computer. It’s also nice to do some last minute revision.
I used this for a while. It didn’t do anything for me. But you can check it out for yourself via the link above. It’s supposed to be like a notecard and file folder all-in-one.
Also helpful are some pointers from Michael Hyatt on strategic iPhone use.
I hope you find these useful and get some writing done, especially if you plan on doing NaNoWriMo this year. Every extra word counts!