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Monday, 3 October 2011

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Staring at a white sheet does not inspire inspiration

One of the great reasons given for writers developing writers block is staring at a blank sheet of paper, or a blank document on the computer screen.

There is now an applelet available for all such afflicted writers, be they journalists, novelists or JK Rowling. The new app, iLiner, is available for immediate download from the Apple store.

"This new app has already helped me out immensely," said App World! editor, Mac Buck. "I had no idea how to start an article about the iHarmony app. A few options selected later, and I had the opening lines to get me going."

The applelet takes information about the writers style, subject matter and proposed length, before generating some opening lines. Should the author desire it, writing the whole article or novel in the app can allow the applelet to keep track of the progression and, at any point, suggest the next sentence to keep the author writing.

"These days," said Buck, "I can hardly write a line without getting a suggestion out of iLiner. Most of the iHarmony article came from suggestions that iLiner came up with."

With the amazing success of iLiner, the creators, MyApps, have already hinted that version two will be available soon, with a facility for creating the whole article at the touch of a button.

"The one thing it can't do," said MyApps development director, Val Hume, "is write humour. We can't get the AI routines to be funny."

This entire article was written using a beta version iLiner2.

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