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Perpetual list of apps

31 Jan

http://evernote.com/ This is every multi-taskers answer to organization. You can text notes to yourself, share folders and create a hierarchy in your tasks… and it’s FREE!

http://www.projectstat.us/ Let friends and publishers see where you’re at with a particular writing project using this appl.  It helps knowing you’re accountable to others watching could help                                                  you keep on task.

https://bubbl.us/ This free mind-mapping software will let you get your thoughts out and share them with others for feedback.

http://vue.tufts.edu/ A mind mapping freeware that does the same thing as Bubble but without the online sharing aspect. Good news is, it is free, you own all your maps at no cost.

http://wridea.com/ Wridea is an online idea management and collaboration service which is developed for anyone who is interested in managing their ideas on an innovative service with their friends.

http://www.officearrow.com/small-business-management/drill-down-word-oaiur-4113/preview.html#oaiur-in-line-comments-4113 This app helps you break yr projects into discreet proportion and time.

http://www.creativity-portal.com/prompts/imagination.prompt.html Get helpful prompts to get your creative juices flowing from this site.

http://thestorystarter.com/ The Story Starter provides 1,108,918,470 creative ideas ad writer prompts for writers of all ages. All of the story starters are randomly created. This idea generator can be used for short stories, novels, plays, scripts, or just for fun.

http://www.writingfix.com/Classroom_Tools/dailypromptgenerator.htm Whether you’re writing a story or just in your own personal journal this site can help you get started right.

http://www.writing.com/ Create a free online writing portfolio, share your work, meet and bond with fresh minds

http://workingcreativity.com/activities/index.html- This website is full of creative excersizes.
http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter5.html – writing software designed spec. for writing novels!
http://storybook.intertec.ch/joomla/ Open Source Novel Writing Software
http://www.lyx.org/Home Open Source Novel Writing Software
http://jott.com/default.aspx- If you’re out and about and you come up with a great idea, this application will let you simply speak it into the phone and send it to yourself for later.
WordPress: Start your own blog with this free site and let everyone know what you’re working on.
http://slimtimer.com/ Track your tasks to make sure you’re getting paid for the time you’re putting in with this app.
http://www.efax.com/?CMP=OTC-us_tx_houston Email a Fax, membership based.
http://faxzero.com/ Fax right from this site for free anytime
http://www.mailchimp.com/ mass email marketing that actually has good design.

https://my.pbworks.com/- Create your own personal wiki about you and your work using this site.

Pandora.com Music- create your own stations- perfect for all-nighters

dictionary.com – Obviously this is useful for writing anything.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/ – Don’t use slang the wrong way and lose all your hippest readers.

http://storymash.com/- collaborative fiction website, meet up with other people and start a story or finish someone else’s

http://www.writingclasses.com/InformationPages/index.php/PageID/106 Try out this tool to create fun and original characters which you can use or discard at your will.

Jott for iPhone will not only record your notes but also transcribe them. The process involves your recording your notes and transmitting them to a server at Jott, where they’re transcribed and sent back to your iPhone. The process takes a few minutes. You also can get your notes from the Jott site if you want to cut and paste them into an app on your desktop. It’s not flawless but worth a try. Free.

SnapTell Explorer, a free app from SnapTell is pretty remarkable. Snapshoot the cover of almost any book, upload it, and in return you’ll get an image of the book and a list of places online where you can buy the title and search for more information about it. SnapTell Explorer works for DVDs, CDs and videogames as well.

This week, I’ve been playing with Pinger Phone, a new app from Pinger. It’s free (ad-supported). It has a number of worthwhile features but one that stands out is that you can send instant messages to any mobile phone number (like texting, in other words). The difference is that unlike sending text messages, sending IMs as text is free. On a scale of 1-10, I’d give it a solid 8, maybe a 9, if I use it long enough.

The App Store features several apps that pump binaural audio waves into your head that supposedly will help you be more creative, overcome writer’s block, self hypnotize, feel weightless, meditate, sleep and who knows what else.  I looked at a bunch of them and I didn’t get much out of the experience except a touch of nausea and ringing in my ears. Some people swear by it, though.

http://www.echofon.com/ maybe will help make sense of Twitter- but will at leaste keep you connected in the low left corner of your browser.

http://www.terryburton.co.uk/barcodewriter/generator/— Free barcode generator- Including ISBN!

Finally, the obvious :

  1. Twitter: Twitter can be a great place to share your thoughts as well as promote your new work.
  2. Facebook: Create a professional page on Facebook and let friends and others become fans of your work.
  3. LinkedIn: Make it easy for potential clients to find you by creating a professional profile on this networking site.

Flex your creative muscles: give Kickstarter a ticket to your gunshow.

10 Dec

Kick starter is all about the newest grassroots movement in launching a project: Crowdfunding.

“Crowdfunding = neo-philanthropic-micro-financing for your project.”

If you have a brilliant idea or project in the works but you don’t know about Kickstarter, read on. It is a grassroots, web based platform connecting patrons to aspiring artists to finance their projects.  This is to your project what sliced bread is to sandwiches: the base. It will make it consumable to the public- tactile.  Yancey, cofounder of Kickstarter gives a brief synopsis of how it works in an interview with Ryan Gerber from Movement & Faith:

“Basically the way it works is that you post a project saying what it is you want to do and how much money you need to raise to do it. Then you offer your community and your audience certain things, incentives, in exchange for helping you. For example, if I am a musician maybe if you give me $10 I can offer a copy of the CD, $50 you can come sing on it and for $200 I will give you a music lesson. Whatever you want to offer its up to you. What it all comes down to is banding people together, getting them behind an idea, and bringing that idea to life.”

Having tried my hand at projects soliciting interaction from the public, I know too well how painstaking it is to get any kind of response. Kickstarter is the antonym to this experience- it thrives on interaction. BUT Wait! Here is the catch- the projects have to capture the imagination of its micropatrons — and offer sufficient incentives to drum up the money needed. The most successful projects tend to share similar qualities. A  GOOD video, one that shows the face of those in the project, a personal plea for involvement. The more interactive and personal you are with your pledgers- the larger response you get. Videos, gifts, letters, a blog documenting your progress etc. This is good news for us idea generators- we have all been waiting for a venue that thrives off of good ideas, right?

Get a better picture- take a few min to watch this interview

So far this is my favorite project… and it’s not too late to fund it either!

Mysterious Letters to Everyone in the World!!!

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