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New contribution to Totally Novel on writing, update on Sweet Sixteen Killer

I've been pretty quiet lately on the blog, sorry about that. I've been laying mostly low, though I did recently begin contributing to a new website for writers and readers called Totally Novel. My first contribution for members of the site is a post I titled 3 things that prevented me from writing a novel. To read the post, sign up for a free trial. Take a look around and if you don't wanna stay, don't renew membership. That said, it's a pretty cool effort being put together by a former Google+ member like myself. As a matter of fact there are several members on the site from the old Google+ days. (Side note: there is a free membership option)
I will be contributing to the Totally Novel blog bi-monthly for now. My next addition will be in August. I'm super excited for the site and I hope you can come join us and become a part of the groups, forums, blog, workshops, and more. 
All that said, I haven't given up here. This is still my primary site and blog. 👊

#AppTuesday Installment 1: Notes for Android 📒.

#AppTuesday Installment 1: Notes for Android 📒.

Starting today, I will be giving you a little installment called AppTuesday. The idea is simple, every Tuesday I'm gonna share some app with you. I primarily use Android, Chrome, web and Windows 10 apps, but will always let you know when they are available in other places. I'm a big believer in cross-platform compatibility. Hope you follow along and enjoy the apps.

First up, Notes for Android.

Notes for Android is a pretty straightforward app, but it filled a gap I wanted filled. A document/notes app that had a light and dark theme and which was enjoyable to write in on Android.

Nitty Gritty

+ Available on Android: https://www.notesforandroid.com/

+ Available on the web: https://notesforweb.com

+ Light and dark themes

+ Adjustable font size and font type

+ Create notebooks to organize notes

+ Share to Notes from other apps

+ Rich text via markdown (similar to Google+)

+ Automatically recognizes links

+ Import/backup notes

+ Synchronizations with Dropbox (look under Apps, Notes for Android; notebooks are organized by folders, and notes are in .txt files)

+ Protect notes with passkey or fingerprint

+ Single image attach to note

+ Checklist option

When I look at note apps, one of the main things I look for is synchronization. If you have to rely on a manual backup/import option, you will inevitably lose something. The sync with Dropbox in Notes is solid and since the files are in .txt file format, you can use them with other apps. For example, when I'm on a Windows device, I prefer to use a Windows 10 app with the Dropbox desktop client for sync over the web version. No offense to the web version of Notes, but the input/writing screen is not that great. It strays from the material design and that mismatched design makes it awkward. But again since the notes are .txt files in Dropbox, you can access them directly from Dropbox even.

I primarily started using Notes for Android as my go-to for first drafting my writing on a 2-in-1 Android device. I wanted something that made a great writing environment and which had a dark theme (you can't get a dark theme with Google Docs or Microsoft Word Android apps).

This app is solid. I've been using it all year, drafting a novella, and am 2 chapters away from finishing the novella and I still haven't abandoned the app. Which means a lot. I can bounce right out of an app as soon as I bounce in when it comes to writing. If it isn't helping the process, has an annoying quirk, or whatever, I can run from an app pretty fast. But, almost 7 months in and I'm still using it and enjoying it.

The app is free, ad supported, but the ads are only visible in the notebook screens. Not inside a note itself. Because of this, I haven't even upgraded to the non-advertisement version because it's so unobtrusive. I will be doing so here soon though, gotta throw some money at the developers.

Enjoy some screenshots.

Do you use Notes for Android? What do you think of it? Never heard of it? Give it a shot. Sound off below.


1. Please keep in mind that the web version is in beta, and I mean no disrespect of my assessment of it above. I have hopes for its continued improvement, just like the Android app. I am very fond of the app.


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