Extra: Apps for novels

If you always wanted to write a book, there are now greats apps that can make your job easier.

As a rule of thumb, published authors suggest that if you have an idea, run with it quickly — don't save it for later because later never happens.

Another main point is to plan your story, develop characters and set aside time to get stuck into it.

Here are the top writing apps on the market (suggested by Tech Radar):

A Novel Idea: helps break down the writing process into manageable chunks. Work through the screens, enter character names and backstory, location descriptions, scene developments and even random ideas. Free.

Contour: A professional film-plotting tool that has much to offer to novelists. It starts with four simple questions that help define your story; then breaks it all down into three acts and shows you how to structure each one while guiding you through developing the characters. Price: $7.99.

Novel in 30: An editor geared towards writing a novel within time constraints — to deliver a target of 50,000 words in 30 days. The deadline can be extended to as long as a year and the word count to 300,000.

Other useful apps include MindNode, Dragon Dictation, Write or Die and Poetreat.

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