Writing Wednesday is now “App Day” – first App up – digitizing your Muse


The times they are a changin’, the only constant is change….

In an effort to bring you guys stuff that you can use in your own writing escapades and not just me talking about how to be a better writer, which  countless people who are better at grammer, excuse me, grammar, sentence structure, etc. are already doing, I’m now devoting Wednesdays to discussing the cool, and the sucky apps that are out there for writers. I chose Wednesday because it’s hump day, and hump is another word for ass, and ass and app sound enough alike, so that’s my thinking.

Anyway, to start things off, let’s talk about a couple of iPhone apps that act as our Muse. First one is Idea Generator ($2.99)- Like Urban Spoon, you shake your phone to make the word slot machine make up interesting, and hopefully, idea generators.  The second is Word Twiddle ($.99).  The apps website states that Word Twiddle, “includes over 53,000 words categorized into lists created to compliment each other and stimulate different types of ideas. To use Word Twiddle, select 1 to 3 inspiring word lists and start Twiddling. With the ability to choose up to three word lists, you receive optimum word stimulus. More relevant stimulus means you create more quality ideas.”

A more colorful app that seems to offer more at a lower price, Word Twiddle seems to be the winner between these two.

What do you think? Have you ever used these? Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, would you turn to an app like these to help you break the block?

To the keyboards!

 (Muse pic from http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2009/10/everyone-hates-their-job-sometimes/)


Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author. Bestselling author Sandra Brown recently had this to say about Mark’s latest novel, The Brink: “[The Brink] is a hell of a read. The chemistry between [the main characters] Danny and Sydney is terrific. The action sequences were heart-pounding!” Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at www.markfadden.com.

The Brink is now available as an eBook for Amazon.com Kindle  and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!


2 Responses

  1. Mark – I would like to re-post this post on my blog http://www.brendamccreight.blogpspot.com Of course it will be with full credit to you as well as mention/synopsis of The Brink. I think it’s really an interesting and useful post.


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