Introducing How We Are Different (HWAD)
Read. Write. Reflect. Grow.
Become a more disciplined reader and writer — become a better person.
How We Are Different (HWAD) is a journaling app available exclusively on the App Store based on Thom Kudla’s award-winning book How I Am Different. This app is an interactive reading and writing experience the likes of which you’ve never seen.
With this award-winning app, you will:
Engage with the book and author in new and exciting ways.
Become a more disciplined, dedicated, and thoughtful reader and writer.
Learn more about yourself so that you can improve your life.
Start your journey today!
All you have to do is download How We Are Different (HWAD).
Everyone Should Read and Write
And they should read and write often.
For two years, award-winning author Thom Kudla wrote something creative every day. Some days it'd be poetry; other days it'd be fiction or creative nonfiction. Regardless of what type of writing he composed, in doing so every day he reflected on his life and the world around him. His idea was to see how he would change over the course of a year—in the second year, he responded to his writing from the prior year.
In completing this experiment, Thom became a more disciplined reader and writer, and he also grew as a person. After publishing this experiment as a book, Thom decided that he wanted to offer this same opportunity to enable development and growth for the world. He believes that everyone should read literature and write something reflective, profound, and creative regularly. That's part of the reason he had the vision for this app and helped to develop it. Thom challenges you to read and write deeply every day on your iPhone or iPad. Can you do it?
Frequently Asked Questions
The first draft of the original book was written in two years. Then it took an additional two years to revise, edit, and produce it. The app itself took about a year to develop, based on the author's original vision for the app. That means you're looking at five years of work here! Enjoy it!
Will there be an Android version of the HWAD app available anytime soon?
While there are no definitive plans to take the app to other platforms like Android, if the original app for Apple devices is commercially successful enough, then To a T Books will certainly develop the HWAD app for non-Apple devices. The HWAD app release for Apple devices was meant as a kind of pilot to see if it would be worth investing in additional platforms. So far the pilot has earned plenty of award recognition and positive feedback, but that hasn’t translated to enough sales to invest further at this time. However, we encourage you to spread the word about the app so that bringing it to other platforms becomes more feasible.
About the Author/Creator
Thom Kudla’s latest book, HOW I AM DIFFERENT, was named a finalist in the Poetry Category of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The ebook version won multiple medals in the 2017 Global Ebook Awards. HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT (HWAD), an Apple app based on that book, recently won the 2019 IndieReader Discovery Award for Writing/Publishing. The HWAD app also earned two gold medals in the 2018 eLit Book Awards and was recognized by the IBPA as a Benjamin Franklin Digital Award Silver Honoree.
Thom’s books of poetry COMMENCEMENT and OUT OF CONTEXT won the 2017 IndieReader Discovery Award for Poetry. Thom's book WHAT MY BRAIN TOLD ME was selected as a finalist in the short story non-fiction category of the 2009 National Indie Excellence Awards. His writing has been anthologized in a number of books, including CHICAGO AFTER DARK and SILVER: AN ECLECTIC ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY & PROSE.
Thom was awarded a Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University. He earned a bachelor's from Indiana University, Bloomington, where he received a grant to write his first novel. To learn more about Thom's writing, please visit thomkudla.com.
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How We Are Different (HWAD).