Last week, I gave a recommendation as a reader. Today, it is the writer in me with the recommendation.
First, some background. It took me 3 years to write the first draft of my novel. I had written probably 20,000 words by the time NaNoWriMo 2016 came around. That was 2 years and 9 months since I had started the first draft. I just wanted to get that first draft done. I wanted to pound out a whole lot more words and I wanted to do it at a fast pace.
So what does any self-respecting Millenial would do? I downloaded an app: Writeometer.
It is honestly one of the best apps that I have ever used when it comes to my writing. It allowed me to set up my novel as a project and select a target word count for the final project. There are two ways to monitor progress. You can set a target for each day and it will tell you how long it will take to get there OR you can set a target finish date and it will calculate how much you need to write each day.
There is also a 25 minute timer within the app that lets you earn guavas for ‘treats’ like going on Facebook or eating a cookie. If you try to leave before the timer is up, it asks if you are sure you want to fail the session. When you insist that it is important, they give you one last chance to stick around. They guilt you with a quote about writing and make you choose between procrastinating or writing. The entire app is geared towards getting you to your writing goals.
It is in part because of the focus provided by this app that I was able to finish my first draft. I am strongly reminded it to those who need a little focus or motivation. I was able to go back as I wrote this post and see all my progress for my novel. It was neat to look back and see the notes I made about not being able to edit a blank page. It was a constant reminder that I had to give the procrastinator hiding within myself.
It worked. And thus, it is my recommendation as a writer.
Get it here on Google Play. Not available on Apple Store.
Signing off for now.