There are all kinds of writers in the world today, and there is a whole new creative breed in modern story telling. Today’s writers have to stay nimble, up-to-date, and prolific. There is no better tool currently available than a good smart-phone. With the popularity of the Android operating system, truly functional mobile devices are available to more than just the “iCrowd”. Here is a list of some of the most useful Android applications for the “New Writer”:
WordPress offers great social interaction with Twitter, Facebook, and sharing sites such as Digg. Like most platforms, it offers numerous ways of posting, including having multiple authors updating the same blog. My favorite part, though, is the Android application for WordPress. It looks great, functions smoothly, and gives me quick access to comment moderation, stats checking, and post editing.
For taking notes and jotting down ideas before they are lost, I rely heavily on Evernote. This application sits on your phone, your PC, and is available from any web browser – your notes are always available to you. The free version of Evernote allows text notes, audio notes, and photo notes from your phone’s camera. The convenient notebooking feature, tags, and automatic syncing add to the convenience of the excellent home screen widget for your Android device. In fact, all of the research, writing, and formatting of this article was done in Evernote.
An invaluable aspect of today’s technology is social networking. Not only does this give you an instant audience, it gives you news updates, rumors, and a clear idea of what’s popular at any given moment. It’s the kind of crystal ball that topical writers used to dream of. A standard collection of social networking apps should be on your Android device right now:
Integrating the three, plus your blog, makes you a publishing power house able to compete with any online news agency in reach and speed. These services are all free, but it takes great creativity and thorough understanding to really get the full benefit of the social phenomenon.
There is no limit to which email clients you can use on your Android device. Most of the major providers have very useful apps custom built for your device. Email is your connection to almost everything, from receiving updates to sending posts to your sites.
Your blog may be popular, but to get your words out to a massive audience quickly, and make money right away, an online publisher is essential. There are several to check out, including Helium, eHow, and Associated Content. With the recent purchase and takeover of Associated Content, Yahoo! Contributor is a great option. With it, you’ll gain instant access to 60 million viewers each month.
A great place to look for work as a freelance writer is eLance.com. Here you can set up a profile and actively seek out high-paying writing jobs. Many of these pay in excess of $1000 for fast, professional work. Though they don’t have a custom Android application yet, placing a shortcut to their site on your device works fairly well and is of great use.
With all of these tools in place and given a few weeks to get a handle on them, you’ll find your productivity skyrocketing and your income should soon follow. Get out there and take advantage of the world of the New Writer available to you thanks to technology.