Saturday, May 26, 2012

New web app features

Let's face it - it has been a while since I showed the My Writing Spot web app some love. I've been busy with the very popular apps for iPhone and iPad, and with porting the app so that it is available on Android devices such as the Kindle Fire and the Nook. All through this, the web app has remained fast and stable, even though it now supports thousands of users daily.

Well, I'm pleased to say that I have taken some time over the past few weeks to add a few nice new features to the My Writing Spot web app. There's nothing earth-shattering here, but these are some things that you've asked for, and that should make the web app that much more useful to us all.

  • There is a new Download All button in the toolbar. Clicking on this button will bundle up all your documents into a ZIP-compressed file, and download that ZIP file to your local computer. There is still the option to download a single document, but the Download All feature makes backing up your work to your local computer a snap. Or should I say a click?
  • The Email Document feature now emails your document as an attachment instead of as the body of the email. The document is attached as a plain text file, which should be able to be opened by most any word processor or text editor in existence.
  • The web app now supports longer document names. Document names can now be up to 40 characters.
  • There are a few super-secret background features that have been added to support some coming features in the mobile apps. I can't say much about them now, but watch for updated mobile apps in the coming weeks.
Please keep your feedback coming in. Your comments and suggestions help to shape the future of My Writing Spot. Thanks for your support in making My Writing Spot the best writing app available.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

My Writing Spot - Now on NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color

The My Writing Spot world domination plan continues. My Writing Spot is now the best writing app on the NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color. Now you can read great novels on the NOOK, and then go ahead and write a great novel yourself.

Some of you that have been using the app for a while might see this as an ironic plot twist, but hey, I say it's water under the bridge. Live and let write, I say. The goal of the app is to allow you to Write Simply Anywhere, and the Nook tablets are a nice place to be.

Click on the link below to grab the greatest writing app on the Nook.

NOOK App : My Writing Spot

Thursday, November 17, 2011

My Writing Spot is the best writing app for the Kindle Fire

You're used to reading novels on your Kindle - now you can write novels on your Kindle Fire! I'm pleased to announce that My Writing Spot is available for the amazing Kindle Fire device from Amazon.

Continuing on our quest to allow you to Write Simply Anywhere, we're excited to be on the Kindle Fire. Now you can write your novel whenever the muse strikes, and can sync your writing to the web app, or any of the other My Writing Spot mobile apps. Your writing is with you wherever you go.

For more information, you can check out the product page for My Writing Spot at Amazon.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Indie-Author Lament

Here's a humorous look at one self-published author's struggles with being lost in the great ocean of publishing. I think it's brilliantly done, and hopefully will help her achieve the goal that she's working so hard to achieve - being noticed.

Watch The Indie-Author Lament.

Be sure to check out her books, too. You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Novel in 30 helps writers become novelists

I took a short break from working on My Writing Spot and created an iPad app that will challenge and motivate you to write a novel.

Novel in 30 is an iPad app for novelists. Writers can set a deadline and target word count, and Novel in 30 will help them stay on track, offering encouragement and motivation along the way. Novel in 30 helps writers become novelists.

For more details about Novel in 30, please visit

To purchase the app, click this link.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My Writing Spot for iPad in Incredible iPad Apps book

My dreary Tuesday morning was brightened considerably by an email I received from someone at Wiley publishing. They informed me that My Writing Nook for iPad (now My Writing Spot for iPad) is featured in the recently-published Incredible iPad Apps for Dummies.

It was selected as one of the top 10 iPad apps in the Miscellaneous category. The book is now in stores. I can't wait to go grab a copy.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

New release of My Writing Spot for Android

My Writing Spot is the best writing app out there for Android devices, and with this new release, it's even better! In this new release, we've added the ability to password-protect the app, so that you can keep your writing safe from prying eyes.

What haven't we added? Distractions. My Writing Spot is still distraction-free, allowing you to focus on getting the words out of your head and into your novel.

Oh, what a glorious time we live in! Get out there and write!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Help My Writing Spot support Girl Scouts

It's Girl Scout cookie time again, and that means that once again My Writing Spot is pitching in to support Girl Scouts and our troops. Operation Thin Mint helps bring a taste of home to US troops deployed all over the world. They also get handmade notes of thanks in addition to the cookies.

Until the end of February, any donations to My Writing Spot will be given to Operation Thin Mint. In addition, I will match your donations dollar for dollar.

Click here to donate.

Thanks for your support.

Friday, December 10, 2010

New logo vs old

I wanted to take a few moments to discuss the new logo. Several people have mentioned that they preferred the old one, so I wanted to explain the thinking behind the new logo.

First, let's just take a look at them side-by-side:

As you can see, there are some things that haven't changed. OK, one thing - the background. The same soothing blue gradient tones. Ahhh. Feel the tension drain from your shoulders as you take in the tranquil blue background.

For the person-shaped thing, I wanted to go from the amorphous blob to something a little more defined, and refined. Especially when blown up to larger size, the brown snowman-looking dude wasn't cutting it. Once a family member asked me if I thought it looked like a toilet with the seat up, I knew I needed a change. The new guy looks much better, and certainly won't be mistaken for a toilet. You can clearly see where he's come from, but he's evolved. Look ma! I've got arms and legs!

Keeping with the evolution theme, I decided that the big fat pencil had to go. It has now been replaced with a sleek-looking pen.

Finally, I decided to tie the logo into the new name, by having the guy cast a round shadow. A spot, if you will.

I quite like our new mascot and logo. I think our mascot is also quite pleased with the result. After all, he's smiling.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Free ad-supported version of My Writing Spot now available for Android

The hits just keep on coming this week as we celebrate our new name. Today, I'm pleased to announce the availability of a free version of My Writing Spot for Android devices. The app is now available in the Android Market, so go check it out.

Now, there's no such thing as a free lunch, so there is a catch. This version of the app is ad-supported, which means that you will see the occasional advertisement while using the app. If you'd like a completely distraction-free writing environment, the original paid version of the app is still available, and will never contain a single ad.

But hey, different strokes for different folks. Now you Android folks have a choice.

Tomorrow: the great logo showdown!