A writer armed with the right technology is a force to be reckoned with. If you’re an author who’s learned to embrace the Digital Age, it’s probably dawned on you that the Internet is a friendly place for wordsmiths. Sure, there are the myriad distractions fighting for our eyeballs (and precious time!) across the social media networks. Perhaps you’ve had to fine-tune your concentration powers to block out the incessant notifications and buzzing of your smartphone.
Yet, we’d argue writers have plenty more to gain than lose from digital innovation. The web is bubbling over with resources for the curious, tech-hungry author. Here at the Writers Circle, we’d like to acquaint you with tech tools that can make your life a whole lot easier.
At just under $8 a pop, you really can’t go wrong downloading the Storyometer app to your iPhone or iPad. Part inspiration bot, part digital secretary, Storyometer is a dynamic tool geared toward writers of all backgrounds. Creative types in particular will benefit from the app’s storehouse of unconventional ideas and prompts. The app is designed specifically for fiction writers, playwrights, screenwriters, improv writers, and creative writers of all kinds. It’s a great digital sidekick for storytellers seeking some direction.
For the price of a Gingerbread Latte and a scone at Starbucks, you’ll have a portable:
- Idea library. Hundreds of prompts that get your wheels turning, as well as ready-made sample answers that you can tweak to your liking. Brainstorm characters and plot elements from Storyometer’s Ideas Menu. The app has an auto-generator of characters and ideas that you can later customize to suit your needs!
- Details generator. Got the basics covered but lost when it comes to the details? The app is filled with all kinds of ideas separated into sections like Action, Events and Dialogue, and then broken down into sub-sections for Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi and more. Special prompts are designed to get you thinking about your characters’ desires and your plot’s twists and turns.
- Personal organizer. Storyometer is built for note-takers. You can juggle multiple projects and organize your thoughts neatly within the app. Easily email the notes to yourself as a formatted outline, and use them in conjunction with your ordinary writing software.
- Expert advisor. Keep your audience on the edge of their seats with pro tips on building suspense, uncertainty, tension and mystery. Then explore various storytelling strategies. Storyometer is chock full of solid advice on points of view, framing devices, pacing, voice and tone. Brush up your narrative skills and try out different techniques to see what fits best.
Intrigued? Learn more about Storyometer in this tongue-in-cheek teaser created by the app’s developers: