Application helps journalists get through writer’s block


Lately, I’ve made way too many purchases on iTunes – mainly because I have found several apps that have made my life as a journalist a whole lot easier. Most recently I found Writing Prompts by Writing.Com. The application, which is available for iPads and iPhones, cures any journalist’s writer’s block.

It offers prompts, given by prompt generators, and works with current events, scene elements, words, sketches, colors, genres and writing types to help you start your story. There are 60 sketches, 250 scene elements and 600 text prompts – the tips and prompts are sure to last you for a while.

These text prompts include several phrases, quotes, writing exercises, and story openers. You can also add more prompts by upgrading to additional packs. The normal version of the application is only $1.99.

You can also get ideas for headlines from actual articles – the app lets you know which publication released the story in case you want to check it out.

Obviously, no app is perfect. Some of the prompts and ideas are a bit chessy, especially for hard news. But, if you’re stuck on a lede for a feature, this might be the app for you. For example, it’ll help you set up a scene and start with an anecdotal lede.

Considering the app offers so many different options, the “favorite” feature is useful, allowing you to save prompts or tips you’d like to return to in the future. Another great feature of the app is that it no longer requires Internet connection.

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