EvernoteThis is by far my favourite organizing app. This is how I keep track of all my ideas and life details. This app consists of different virtual notebooks that you fill up with virtual notes. Notes can be made up with pictures, voice recordings and simple written notes. You can also add reminders to notes, if you need a deadline on a project.
The genius of this is that it syncs with all your devices. For me, I use it on my phone and on the computer. Sometimes I get an idea for a blog post at work, I jot it down in Evernote or use my voice-to-text feature, then when it comes time to write the post, I open it up on my computer and there it is! Evernote also allows shared notebooks, so you can collaborate with other writers. This app requires internet to sync/update your notebooks, but is still usable if you're not on a network. It's a simple concept, but a brilliant one.
Merriam Webster Dictionary
This is a must have app. It's a dictionary in your phone; perfect for those times were you encounter an uncommon word and need a definition. The great thing about this app is that it's completely offline (except for pronunciations, I believe), so you don't need the internet to search for a word.
If you use Bloglovin' to follow the blogs you read (which I highly recommend) then this app is great to keep up with your reading. The nice thing about this app is that is simplifies the blog posts to just pictures and text, which makes it a lot easier to read on a small screen. It also gives you the option to click through and see the original post on the blog/website itself for commenting and the like.
I absolutely love this app for one reason. This app allows you to scan a book's bar code (using the camera in your phone) and bring up all the Goodreads data on it. I was in the bookstore this morning and I saw a book that I wanted to buy. I pulled out my phone, scanned that bar code and looked up the general rating (decent) and saw that a few of my Goodreads friends had given it three stars and then I read a few other reviews of it. I just love that I can confidently buy a book and not just base my decision off the flap. The scanning feature will also work to automatically "shelf" books on your Goodreads shelves. I still prefer to do the normal Goodreads stuff like rating and reviewing on the computer, but the scanning feature is great.
Story Plot Generator (ARC Apps)
There are tons of different story plot generators out there, but this was my personal favourite. In this app you first pick your genre. The options are: Action/Thriller, Misfortune/Drama, SciFi/Space, Murder Scene, Fantasy/Magic, Horror/Suspense and Romance. Each genre has four or five different parts of the prompt (see below). I like that it goes beyond the usual "a purple dog in the park" or "a woman walks into a restaurant alone" prompts and adds categories like themes and details. I also appreciate that each genre has categories specifically catered to it (e.g. Murder scene has: where, how, who and detail).
This last one is more just for fun, although it might help with your spelling, tehe. This is crossword app, but there are no clues, and you can only use each letter of the alphabet once. The aim of the game is to fill in the whole puzzle before the timer runs out. It sounds hard, but I find it so much easier than a normal crossword puzzle. Plus, there's hints for those tricky spaces.
Those are a few of my favourite writer/reader apps. I'm sure the list will grow as I use the phone more and more, but for now that about covers it! Have you used any of these apps? What are some of your favourite apps? Any recommendations? Do you have any tricks to getting the most out of your cell phone? Let me know in the comments!
Reading: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (still!)
Listening: Plain White T's
Watching: God's Not Dead