Creativity on the go

Who knew how many amazing apps exist for writers? With the glut of applications on the market, we don’t want you to overlook the good ones. Here is our selection of the cream of the crop of mobile apps to stimulate your creative energy and let the words flow.

Rory’s Story Cubes

This app has fifty-four images on nine dice that contain icons to use as story elements. This is based on a physical game with dice. The app comes with original and action sets.

Available for iPhone/iPad. $1.99. Expansion packs are available as in-app purchases.

The Brainstormer

The Brainstormer has three spinning wheels with plot/conflict, theme/setting, and subject/location. You can move the wheels or do a random spin to generate creative writing prompts. The built-in lists can be edited and you can add items to the wheels.

Available for iPhone/iPad. $1.99.

Spice Mobile

The simplest way to describe this is thesaurus, and it is so much more. They call it a creativity generator. I quite agree. With this app, you enter a word, and then short phrases or concepts that describe an aspect of the word appear, along with similar words in case the concepts don’t quite fit. Two of my favorite phrases from the video: his heart’s gallery of intimate portraits for nostalgia, and for affair, afternoon prowess. The concepts could also be used as writing prompts for dropping deeper into a scene or character’s psyche.

Available for iPhone/iPad and Android. Free app, but requires a paid subscription to access.

OFlow

This app contains 150 creative tips and prompts to help blast through writing blocks or any other kind of stuck thinking. You can export to Evernote, set daily reminders, keep notes, and set bookmarks.

Available for iPhone/iPad. $1.99.

Prompts for Writers

From the creators of Oflow, this is a collection of more than 1,000 randomly selected creative writing prompts and daily reminders to get to your writing practice. You can share the prompts by email, push out to social media, export to Evernote, and sync to Dropbox.

Available for iPhone/iPad. $1.99.

Writing Prompts

Works offline, has writing prompt generators that use current events, scene elements, words, sketches, colors, genres and writing types.

Available for iPhone/iPad, Android, and Kindle. $1.99.

Songza

This app plays music and sounds based on the time of day, your mood, and activity. I used this today while writing. First I tried the park and then I tried the crackling fire, then soundtracks from the American Film Institute. To say that this is comprehensive doesn’t quite cover it. The range of music and white noise choices is amazing.

Available for iPhone/iPad and Android. Free.

I hope you can find some inspiration in the apps in this list. Now, grab your favorite mobile device, your pen and notebook, and start writing!

/Leslie