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The 11 Best IPhone Apps/Widgets Every Writer Should Have

AppsThe truth is I still don’t know the difference between an application and a widget. But for this blog post, let us call anything we download from Apple’s Application Store as either apps or widgets, no distinction. You see, I am not a techie, and I really don’t care much about phones. When someone gave me an IPhone for Christmas, I honestly didn’t know what to do with it. I thought high-end phones were just a waste of money since all I needed was to make calls, text, and email some business partners, investors, and important clients — all these things I could do with just about any other phone and my laptop.

But I had a change of heart when I downloaded some of the best apps/widgets I think every writer should have, assuming you have an Internet connection and using an IPhone. Here they are — the applications that I swear will make your writing life easier whether you’re in transit or in your own room:

1. Dictionary.com

I swear by this application. You will be glad you downloaded it. With millions of words and a comprehensive list of synonyms and antonyms, and favorite words, you’ll have that elusive word in no time.

Description:

Top-rated app with trusted reference content from Dictionary.com & Thesaurus.com. WORKS OFFLINE – no Internet connection needed when searching words. ★ Time Magazine ‘Top 10 Back-To-School App’, Apple ‘Top 10 App’ High School Survival Guide, Winner: CNET Top 100 Mobile App Award ★ (1)

Features: (2)
* English Dictionary and Thesaurus – over 2,000,000 definitions, synonyms & antonyms
* Offline access – no Internet connection needed for most content
* Daily content, including Word of the Day & The Hot Word
* Audio pronunciation
* Example sentences

2. Lists For Writers

Whenever you need some inspiration for your novel, all you have to do is check this application for prompts, and voila, it will release the creative juices you need for that next chapter or for that next book.

Decription:

Lists for Writers is a great addition to any writer’s toolbox. Helpful to both novice and expert writers alike, this app delivers list after list of prompts and ideas for your brainstorming sessions: names, character traits, plot lines, occupations, obsessions, action verbs, and much more. (1)

3. Spice Mobile

Looking for that perfect phrase for your book, or to find ways to describe your character? Are you looking for that phrase that will make your protagonist jump off the pages, then you should download Spice Mobile, the best phrase thesaurus application that will give you the oomph your book needs. With over 8,000 keywords and over 22,000 creative phrases, you can paint your book with beautiful descriptions. Definitely a must-download writing reference application.

4. 15,000 Useful Phrases

The title of the application says it all. With 15,000 “business”, “felicitous”, “literary”, “significant”, and “impressive” phrases you can use for speaking and writing, you can’t go wrong with this application. Whether you are writing creative fiction or creative nonfiction, this will sure surely help you with all the dialogue you need for your characters — and for striking up a  wonderful conversation.

5. Literary Analysis Guide

This application was actually made for students and grad students of prose and literature, but even if you’re already a professional writer, it helps to be reminded of what the elements and concepts of literature are. What’s good about this is that you can dissect categorically the parts of a prose, poetry, and rhetoric, and from there you can give an in-depth analysis and review of a novel, a poem, or any piece of literature. Great, especially, for young book reviewers and writers.

Description/How To Use: (1)

“By arranging the elements of literature graphically around three wheels (poetry, prose, and rhetoric), [you]’ll be able to visualize how the elements of literature develop style and meaning. Click on any of the literary terms listed around the wheels, and a screen appears with a detailed definition of the term, several examples from literature, and additional questions to ask yourself about how that device is employed in the literature you are currently studying. Click on “Figures of Speech” from any of the three wheels, and the “Figures of Speech Wheel” appears, which functions in the same way as the three others.”

6. The Paris Review

Launched in October of 2012, The Paris Review’s Iphone/Ipad app is relatively new, but certainly a welcome addition to the widgets/applications in your Iphone. No self-respecting writer should miss this writer’s holy grail of an application. Although I would still prefer the real printed version, this would definitely suffice as a close substitute. The collection of interviews with authors, thankfully, are free, the other sections are for subscription–but it’s worth every cent. It’s The The Paris Review, damn it. Need I say more?

7. WordPress

Being a WordPress blogger, I was ecstatic when I found out I could blog right from my own Iphone. Trust me, I did it many times, and it’s as good as blogging from your own laptop. It’s easy to learn, and quite easy to navigate. I love it, and I think you’ll love it, too. If you have an Iphone and a WordPress account, you should definitely download this little gem.

8. The Huffington Post

It’s the one-stop shop for all writers of the news junkie persuasion. By far the most successful news/blog site today, The Huffington Post is the best resource of all things relevant at the moment. With sections on lifestyle, arts and culture, politics, entertainment, media, business, and even books, this should be on the home page of your Iphone. You’ll be updated on the latest happenings and you can even get glimpses of inspiration from stories from around the globe. Oh, and the best part is — it’s free!

9. Goodreads

With over 10 miilion members, and over a whopping 300 million titles available, you will literally never run out of choices from one the biggest book sites on Earth. You can share your notes and comments, what you’re currently reading, and your book reviews, bookmark favorites, create a list of to-read books, and download thousands of free e-books. I actually downloaded some of the free e-books by my favorite classic authors. And when you’re it a bookstore and want to include a book in your to-read list, just simply scan the barcode using the barcode scanner, and you won’t have to forget the book that you want to read so you can buy it next time.

10. Amazon

Any writer or author who does not have this on his Iphone should be ashamed of himself. If you want to get the best deals, and check out the latest reviews you must download this. With over millions of book choices, you’ll be breaking the bank in no time with their 1-Click order button once you set up your payment account details. For e-books, you can check it out with your Kindle for PC, Ipad, or Iphone; for paperback versions, you’ll have to wait for days, of course. And who knows? Maybe  the next Amazon Breakout Novel Award will go to your book so tell your other author and writer friends to download this application so they can buy your book.

11. Kindle

Lastly, we have the Kindle application, one of the required applications so you can download and read the e-books from Amazon, which is why it should be included in your top widget/app list. With millions of Kindle e-books out now, and with a wide selection of your favorite authors choosing Kindle as one of their e-publishers, once you buy the e-book you can read them anytime even without Internet connection. You can also use it to read PDFs and other documents you download for work. With these features, downloading the Kindle app is simply a no-brainer, don’t you think?

Well, this concludes the list. I hope this helps you make your decision on picking out the best widget/apps that you wish to have on your Iphone. If there are any other widget/apps out there that you think could complement this list, I’d love to hear it. Question: Do you think some of the popular authors like Stephen King and James Patterson use an Iphone? If so, what widgets and apps do you think they have in that phone? That’s one phone I sure would love to check out, wouldn’t you?

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