Guest Post: 5 Apps for Writers

I would like to thank Charlotte Rains Dixon for having this guest post on wordstrumpet.com. I find her to be a phenomenal writer with a lot of wisdom to impart on her readers. In addition, the website is fantastic and I would recommend this article on basic writer mistakes, because it is important to review the fundamentals every once in a while. (Editor's note: I did not pay her to say this, I swear!)

Depending on your niche, freelance writing can be a very competitive career path or an extremely competitive career path. Either way, you need every edge you have that is coming out and that means to be a successful freelance writer these days you need to be in the know when it comes to apps and technology.

One of the benefits of having the smartphone you almost certainly need for your career is its customizability and versatility. Has your smartphone replaced your notebook and pen? Has your smartphone even replaced your laptop in certain instances?

Phone in hand

Here are 5 apps you should be using to make sure that you have the technological advantage in your freelancing career:

TeuxDeux

One of the best calendar and to-do list applications out there, TeuxDeux is great for freelance writers that have a lot of trouble organizing their busy lives and managing their deadlines. This app is probably the closest to pen and paper out there, and editing tasks is easy and moving them around is even easier.

This app is useful for the freelance writers who merely want to get other aspects of their lives under control as well, as the recurring tasks feature allows you to set up weekly tasks for yourself (for example taking out the trash or doing laundry). Great for carving out a balance between work and other things in your life, or for managing time and making personal business decisions.

Advanced English Dictionary and Thesaurus

Not too much needs to be said about the Advanced English Dictionary and Thesaurus app, as the value of a good dictionary is self-evident. While you can always look online for words, with this application you won’t have to worry if you can’t get a connection. Another bonus is that you won’t have to deal with ads, and this app goes a great deal deeper than most thesauruses out there. This is great to have by your side when writing on paper.

Evernote

Evernote is probably the best note-taking app out there in general, considering the great range of ways you can put notes into your device. In addition, writers will like that the account can sync up from anywhere you input information. This way, you won’t have to fish around for information you wrote on your phone late at night in a moment of inspiration when using your laptop. It even allows for alarms and different file types other than text.

While there are subscription options out there which allow for greater data usage within the app, a lot of users won’t need to bother with them and just stick to the basic application. Even if the limit is met for some users, the premium options are not all that expensive.

A VPN

If you are a freelance writer you will at some point deal with client data that is sensitive and should not be released to the public. If this data were compromised it would cost you the client and a good deal of your reputation, not to mention the time you already spent on the project. In addition to this, your own personal data is just as important to maintain your brand and your financial stability.

To protect this sensitive data, you are going to want to get a Virtual Private Network application on your smartphone. It will connect your smartphone to a secure server via an encrypted connection and guard you when you use public networks (where your important data is most vulnerable). In addition to this, it will mask your location data and your browsing to anyone who wants to take a look at what you are doing or any website with regional restrictions. This can be extremely beneficial to a journalist or a travel writer of any sort.

WordPress

WordPress has a mobile app, and of course you should be using it if you have a blog. You should most certainly have a blog. It is a way that you as a writer can connect with an audience all your own and a hub that people who are interested in your work can travel to in order to find your other work.

While no app is perfect compared to the website that it is based on due to the limitations of a smartphone, you can expect a great deal of options from the WordPress application. In fact, you won’t really be slowed down much at all other than having to deal with a smaller screen than you are normally used to and your typing speed on a smartphone. This is an absolute recommendation for any serious freelance writer.

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Thank you for reading, and keep on writing!

CassieCassie Phillips is a technology enthusiast and blogger. She enjoys writing about all kinds of technology and gadgets but has a special interest in internet security.

Do you use any of these apps?  Have any other favorites?

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J.D.
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J.D.

I swear, I am living a charmed life. My new smart phone is on the FedEx truck, making its way here as I write. My old smart phone dumbed down with time. Of course, if someone asks to see my apps, I want to impress them. I’ll say, “I’m a writer. See this dictionary/thesaurus: that means I’m a writer.” And if you want on my Teux Deux list, I’ll make space. WordPress? No way. Why would I blog when I can visit the best writer’s blog on the planet every morning? You listening, Charlotte?

Charlotte Dixon
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And forgive me if the last part of that last comment sounded a little, um, forward.

On Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 1:26 PM, Charlotte Rains Dixon <wordstrumpet@gmail.com> wrote:

I'm listening, but I'm not buying your reasoning, even if I do appreciate your compliment!  And I'll be checking your apps in France.  🙂

J.D.
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J.D.

I think we have differing views of your authority at this retreat. I know you are an excellent teacher and I have much to learn, so I will probably attend class.

Charlotte Dixon
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We definitely need to work on your view of authority.  YOU WILL ATTEND CLASS.  AND YOU WILL LIKE IT.  There, how's that?

J.D.
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J.D.

This is too much like college. Where’s the fun? I’m ready for the student Charlotte. She’s buried in there somewhere, not too far below the surface I’m thinking.

Charlotte Dixon
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I got lots of fun ready for you.  Wine every night, views of the water and mountains, fun day trips…what's not to like?  And unleashing the student Charlotte may not be the best idea.  Let's just say she had some wild college years and leave it at that.

Beth Westmark
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Thanks for these Cassie. I have WordPress and Evernote, but am busy downloading TeuxDeux and and Advanced English Dictionary and Thesaurus right now.

and p.s. Charlotte — I’m so jealous of all ya’ll going to France I could spit.

Charlotte Dixon
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Glad you enjoyed her post, Beth.  And, come with us next year! We go someplace in Europe (so far its been France) every September!

Caroline B
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TeuxDeux is fantastic, you should find it really useful.

Is there anyone out there who isn’t jealous of Charlotte heading off to France?!

Charlotte Dixon
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You guys just need to join me, I'm telling you!

Cassie
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Cassie

I’m so glad you all enjoyed the post! I hope it gives you some good ideas for some really useful apps.

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