As a freelance writer, it’s a bit of an understatement to say I write a lot. And while I have a great laptop, it’s not with me every second. In fact, the first book I wrote was mostly written in an internet café on Google Docs. I often found myself wanting to jot down an idea, but being far from any computer led to lots of little scribbled notes in my pockets.
Well, the notes problem was solved when I got my Touch, thanks to the notepad. But My Writing Nook takes it another level, or two or three, higher.
Designed by PT Software Solutions, this iPhone/iPod app is meant to compliment the My Writing Nook web application, which is free to use and runs on Google’s App Engine infrastructure (in other words, it’s similar to using Google Docs). In short, you can create documents on My Writing Nook (on either a computer or iPhone) and have access to them anywhere for writing and editing, as long as you have WiFi.
The app itself is simple, but this is a powerful tool for writers. The web application is nice and clean, with a short user guide to show you around. The program uses autosave, and to back up your work, emailing or saving the document to your desktop is just a tap away. If you email, the document is pasted into the message, not sent as an attachment.
Both the web and iPhone apps have an easy-to-use dictionary and thesaurus feature, which is a nice bonus. The layout is very minimalist, which I enjoy for writing (less distractions). You can also keep track of your word count, both in individual documents and as a whole (handy if your documents are chapters in a novel, or part of an ongoing project.) The only thing I’d like to see added is the ability to use rich text, at the very least bold, italic, and underline.
Thankfully, the iPhone app allows you to work in landscape mode, so your thumbs can do the typing. As their website points out, this app is great for novelists participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). In fact, it’s great for any writer who knows the value of sneaking in a few hundred words here and there.
One thing that took me a long time to learn is that sitting down to write a minimum of 3,000 words is not necessarily the path to success. Not to mention it’s next to impossible to find the time to do such a marathon. If I can sneak in 150 words before breakfast, 200 on a lunch break, and another 100 in line at the bank, well, that’s not bad progress on a busy day before dinner. Being able to do it on my Touch with My Writing Nook makes writing in “bite-size chunks” infinitely easier.
The web app is free, and the iPhone app is only $1.99. For my money, I’d say this is an incredibly useful app that any writer should consider.
Mental Case Flashcards requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone & iPod Touch