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The Best Android Apps for Writers

Updated on July 5, 2014

Everything You Need To Improve Your Writing

Whether you are a new writer who is just starting to learn their craft or a seasoned pro who has been writing for years. Whether you write informative articles (like me!), short stories, novels, poetry or anything else - there are plenty of great apps which can make your life easier and help you to improve your work.

Using the right apps can improve your productivity, improve the quality of your work, help you to beat writer's block, and just make the whole experience of getting your work out there more enjoyable.

Writing Prompts - Inspiration for Creative Writers

If you are suffering from writers block then rest assured that there are plenty of apps available to help spark your imagination and get you writing again.

One example of this is 'Writing Prompts' from the well regarded website writing.com. There are lots of different prompt types including images, sketches and scenes. Basically the ideas is for the app to give you a few different elements and for you to then think about how they could be combined into a piece of creative writing.

In addition to being a fun remedy to writers block, this is also a great tool for new writers to learn their craft.

Plottapus

Another tool to help you overcome writers block and get fresh new ideas is Plottapus. Plottapus is a new Android tool which helps fiction writers with brainstorming for various different aspects of their work. You can use it to get writing prompts for daily practice, to generate 'quick plots' to draw on if you are having trouble thinking of a new project, and you can even use it to design characters. The character design tool looks like one of the best, giving you names and some interesting information to get you started building up a profile of a new character in your story.

You can find out more on the Plottapus website.

A Screenshot from Plottapus

5 stars for Writer Word Processing App

Word Processing Simplified

There are a range of different apps out there which bring a simplified version of a word processor to your phone. Of course many phones can handle sophisticated word processing software as well - but do you really want or need that?

Most people are not going to complete the final version of an important writing project on their phone, so if you just want a simple, clutter free and easy to use word processor then apps like 'Writer' are well worth taking a look at.

Organize Your Inspiration

One of the most popular apps amongst writers, as well as many other people of course, is 'Evernote'. Basically, Evernote is a way to keep your ideas and inspirations properly organized, and to share things between different devices which you own.

You can quickly create notes on your phone when you are out and a great idea comes into your mind, and then access them on other device when you get home - which I personally think is a very important thing to be able to do. In the old days many writers used to carry a notebook and pencil around with them to jot down their ideas when inspiration struck, and Evernote is one of the best modern alternatives to this. It also allows you to draw together many other things like photos, social media posts and more and organise them together in the same place.

You can also do some other pretty cool stuff, like text searches which include writing in your photos, sharing your notes, creating to do lists, and generally keeping your life, your research, your inspiration, and your writing organized - which makes it a very powerful tool for any writer to have at their disposal.

Dictation

No matter how fast you can type, speaking will always be faster. So if you need to get a complex idea down before you lose your grasp on it, or a big idea before you forget it, or any idea at all when you are pushed for time for some other reason, a dictation app is a 'must have' additional to your writer's toolbox.

A good dictation app is 'Olympus Dictation for Android', which includes voice note searching, the option to add pictures to your notes, and quick sharing features. The basic version is free, but there is also a pro version with extra features for more serious users.

Also Available in Desktop Edition!

Write or Die

Ok, so you have everything you need to be the next J.K. Rowling, or whoever you writing hero happens to be. You have a great idea, you have talent, and you have all the tools apps and other tools to make it happen. But every time you sit down to start writing you end up spending 90% of your time on Facebook, playing games, or indulging in whatever on-line addiction is taking your fancy at the moment.

The best solution to that problem - the problem which all modern writers face and which is arguably the main problem for most - is to use Write or Die. This handy app lets you set targets for the amount that you want to write, and then does it's best to harass you and cajole you into sticking to your targets.

You select how much you want to write and over what period of time, and whether you want the consequences of falling short on your target to be 'gentle', 'normal' or 'kamikazee'.

Poet's Pad

If poetry is your thing then the 'Poet's Pad' will provide you with everything that you need to come up with great ideas for new poems and to improve your writing.

This handy app helps you to organize your work by letting you write stanza by stanza, with each one separating on your screen. It also includes a high database of more than 70,000 English language word rhymes, and has an idea generator for when you are stuck for a subject to write about.

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      Margaret Perrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Great list of useful apps for writers. I especially want to try "Write or Die", since I've been having trouble writing lately, and seem to just spend hours reading other people's work or investigating topics of interest to me, but never writing about them. Voting up, useful and interesting.

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      Dean Walsh 3 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Thanks! Hope it helps you to get those creative juices flowing.

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      Adam 3 years ago

      If you into poetry this is the best app on the market that I could find.

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=appi...

      You should add it to your list xD

      Cheers.

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      Dean Walsh 3 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Thanks, looks like a good app!

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      Leni Sands 3 years ago from UK

      Not to seem a cheapskate but money is a little short at the moment - are there any freebies out there is APP Land.

      Great hub btw very informative.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      I don't use any apps, so never knew that there are aso apps available for writers. I will doubtless get into one of them.

      thanks so much for introducing me to apps and particularly, apps that would be useful to me.

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      Dean Walsh 3 years ago from Birmingham, England

      No problem grand old lady, I hope they help.

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      Laura Brown 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I haven't bought into the mobile phone craze. But, I did just buy a Samsung tablet so I can get online while I travel or tour the local coffee shops. I thought I wouldn't do much writing with that small screen. I had a mini laptop and adapted to that but the tablet is even smaller.

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      Lizzete 2 years ago

      I am trying to ddecie on a WR since Nicks keeps letting me down by not playing. I have Travis Benjamin and Alshon Jeffery. Also need some suggestions for RB pick ups. I got Jonathan Stewart to put in but I am still not sure.

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      Dees Nuts 2 years ago

      Best writers appvis writers block for ios only though.

      That's the only thing that sucks

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