There’s a scene in one of my favorite books, “Dance, Dance, Dance” by Haruki Murakami, in which the protagonist refers to his job as a commercial writer as little more than “shovelling snow”. A euphemism for something someone has to do. To counter that feeling, I’ve put together a list of labor-saving smartphone writing apps that are sure to put the joy back into writing, or at the very least, make the process pain-free.
Evernote When I first started out as a copywriter, I used to keep a little book just for collecting ideas. Evernote allows you to collect your thoughts and musings while on-the-go. You can also save pictures and voice recordings to it too… and for free.
Swype and SwiftKey X We all know the keypad on a smartphone can never replace a full-sized keyboard. But download Swype or SwiftKey and you’ll be the swiftest typist in the south, or north or wherever you live. Here’s how. Swype works by letting you swipe your fingers across the keyboard to get the letters you want. It then turns those letters into the desired word. SwiftKey works on the same principle, and even suggests entire sentences based on your writing style.
Dropbox As the tagline suggests, its aim is to Simplify Your Life, which is no bad thing when you’ve a hundred pressing things to do. Dropbox lets you share large files easily and synchronize them for access on your smartphone, laptop or computer. You can also invite people to your Dropbox folder so they can access your work at every stage of the process.