Writing Toolkit

Writing Toolkit is an app that helps aspiring writers organize their ideas, helps spark new ones, and gives the user the ability to explore different types of plots and settings, as well reminds us all about simple and complex English terms used for writing.

I was a bit skeptical of this one at first, but it caught my eye because I write short stories, and am always looking for a way to help organize my ideas better.  And to my surprise, this app works for people on all levels of writing, and could actually help kids in their writing for classes.

Sometimes I have trouble thinking of scenarios for my stories; this app has a scenario helper, as well as a button for places, and can give you interesting random, albeit sometimes strange, scenarios.  Or you can write your own and save them as ideas for later.

Do you have difficulties thinking up names and occupations for your characters?  This app has the option to help generate random names, as well as let you create your own and start a character list complete with a small ‘roll’ or bio area.

There’s also a note area for when you’re out and about, away from your computer, where you can title and write ideas for your story and save them for later.

Do you have trouble with big flowery descriptive words?  The dialogue button gives you quite a few words with a ‘normal, loud, questioning, or soft’ description.  My only problem here is that there isn’t a short dictionary meaning for these words, so if you aren’t a walking dictionary, you may have some trouble knowing what some of them mean.  There’s also a list of prepositions for all of you non-English majors out there, you may have problems remembering what in the heck prepositions are for, or why you even need to know what they are for that matter.  Just remember the rule, don’t end your sentences in a preposition!!

If you’ve completely forgotten English terms and punctuation, the Toolkit has buttons to lists that describe all the various mysteries of things like commas and adverbs.  “I like the definitions, they’re lovely.”  Can you pick out the comma and the adverb?

The average iPhone user probably has little use for an app such as this, but for all the help it can give a struggling student, or an author with writers block, this app does wonders.  I can even listen to my playlist while in the app.  Which means I can write, listen to my favorite music, and look up what a participle is all at the same time.  Sounds like a typical night for a student to me.

Author: Brie Kocian

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