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For writing enthusiasts, the end of October only means one thing – NaNoWriMo is about to begin! NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is an annual creative writing project where participants are challenged to write 50000 words during the month of November. The site is where the challenge takes place, but you’re free to use any software to do your writing before uploading it there. Given the difficulty of the challenge and how time-consuming it is, we can’t think of a better way to kickstart your project and keep up with your goals than on your Android device. After all, it’s always with you and can help you through every step of the way.

That’s why during this whole week, we’ll take an extensive look at the creative process, starting with a few general tips, then collecting and organizing ideas, mapping the storyline, using different onscreen and hardware keyboards, writing and editing the text, keeping up with your goals, and always syncing everything between phone, tablet, and computer. By the end of the week, you’ll be fully prepared and ready to tackle NaNoWriMo.


There’s no shortage of clock and calendar widgets in the Android Market. You can find everything from the super-sleek MIUI clocks to the highly functional Simi Clock Widget and a whole bunch of them that come with launchers and widget sets. But in my experience though, not one of those fits my requirements to a T. There is always some customization I have to have, but is not possible with the widget I choose.

There were no bounds to my happiness last week then, when I finally bumped into one that was so customizable, I’m now lost for ideas on what to do with it! The widget is called Minimalistic Text, and I’m going to take this opportunity to introduce you to the basic concept behind it, discuss the interface and try and walk through the creation of my own customized home screen clock widget.