Saturday, October 30, 2010

NaNoWriMo madness is nearly upon us!

In less than 36 hours, the madness that is NaNoWriMo will be in full swing.

Are you ready? I'm not. I wish I had about another week or so to finish plotting and researching. This year, I've decided to tackle a Historical Fiction novel, so I've had to do more research than in past years. It should be a fun change of pace though.

I'm bummed that the 1st is a Monday, because that means that I will not be able to attend the local kickoff party at midnight. I've got one of those oppressive day jobs that prevents me from writing into the wee hours of the night. It really gets in the way of my noveling, let me tell ya.

I'll also be working on some major updates to My Writing Nook during November, with plans to release them in December. There will be much joy for iPad users, and iPhone users will get some love as well. There might even be something in it for Mac users, hmmm? More information to come in the next few weeks.

So basically, November is going to be total madness. How will I fit it all in? Well, I think I've got that figured out. I'll just forego sleep. That'll work, right?

Friday, October 22, 2010

How JK Rowling plotted her novels

For those of you busy planning, plotting, and preparing for NaNoWriMo, I thought I'd share this interesting glimpse at how JK Rowling did her plotting for the 5th Harry Potter book.

After getting 50K words into my last NaNovel and then having absolutely no idea how to end the thing, I can really appreciate the attention to detail that she put into her outline. Ya gotta love her "retro" spreadsheet - cutting and pasting must have been a pain, though.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Updated Android app in the Market today

I just published the 1.3.0 release of My Writing Nook for Android devices to the Android Market. This release greatly improves landscape writing mode for devices with on-screen keyboards, and updates the color scheme to match the iOS apps.

I have also added auto-correction to the editor, which should provide a boost to your productivity.

I'm planning several more enhancements in the coming weeks, but I wanted to get these useful improvements to you as soon as possible.


Saturday, October 2, 2010

A totally rad endorsement from an 80s icon!

I want my AppTV

OK, this is a trip, so I have to share. As someone that grew up in the 80s and can remember the early days of MTV, I was surprised to receive an email today from non other than former vee-jay Adam Curry.

Apparently, Adam has moved from the small screen to the very small screen, and hosts a daily review program for iPhone/iPod touch apps. It's called Adam Curry's Big App Show, and Adam was writing to tell me that today he reviewed My Writing Nook. Whoa. Wha'choo talkin' bout, Willis?

I grabbed the Big App Show app from the App Store (it's free) and, well, there was Adam superimposed on my app.

Adam could have done his homework before reviewing the app, because he gets a few things wrong (the app does NOT sync with Google Docs - it syncs with the web app at and he can't figure out how to rearrange documents in the doc list (by using document groups), but overall he gives it a pretty good review.

I can't complain too much. I mean, my app just got reviewed by an MTV vee-jay. That's just totally rad, y'know? I feel like such a rock star. I think I'll go destroy a hotel room or something. Hasta la vista, baby.

Friday, October 1, 2010

My Writing Nook Anniversary - plus an iPad update

Today is the one year anniversary of the My Writing Nook iPhone app. The past year has been very satisfying - it's great to see that so many of you are enjoying the app. Thanks for your support and encouragement throughout the last year - you've helped to make My Writing Nook the best novel writing app on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

I'd also like to announce that the 1.0.7 release of My Writing Nook for iPad is now available in the App Store. This release includes the same delete synchronization and document conflict resolution features that I described in my previous post about the latest release for the iPhone/iPod touch. Enjoy the silky smoothness of the latest release.

Happy writing!