As some of you know, I’m a software developer when I’m not writing fiction. I have been looking at exploring some new technologies lately, and would like to do so by working on a meaningful side project. After some thought, I settled on wanting to create something that would be useful to writers.
I could cheat and make something that I would personally find useful, but what fun is that? Instead, I want to hear from you, in case maybe you are sitting on some amazing idea, just waiting to be realized. So, the question stands – as a writer, what app would be most helpful to you?
This would be something accessed online (I’m not a mobile app developer, yet). It can be complex or simple. It can be anything, really. Some spit-balled ideas that I’ve had are:
- Timeline Tracker: Visual informational tool to make sure all of your story’s events fit nicely into your continuity.
- Character Tracker: For those who might have stories with lots of characters, keeping a handle of all of them can be daunting. Who’s dead, again? When did he die?
- Collaborative Universe Designer: This is kind of a pie in the sky thing that relates to another dream project. Essentially, this would provide a framework for multiple people to collaborate on creating a shared universe. This would encompass both of the previous ideas and more.
Those are just some general ideas, so don’t let them restrict what you might come up with. I’m interested to see what would be really meaningful for people. I’m also not opposed to replicating something that’s a pay-to-play platform, if you find that a burdensome limitation.
I’m feeling extra generous, so let’s throw some prizes into the mix here. Everyone that comments with an app recommendation gets a chance to win a paperback copy of Fauxpocalypse or Heroes and Villains (not yet released). I’ll pick one winner randomly, and if I choose your idea for my side project you will also win a book. No firm deadline on this, but get your ideas in soon, as I want to start working on the project. I’ll pick winners when I feel it’s appropriate.