Author Robert Louis Stevenson once said, “I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.” Lucky for us, we live in an age where we can have our reading and writing materials all in one smaller and more convenient place! If you own a smartphone or tablet, you have options when the urge to create strikes while you’re away from your computer or notebook. Check out this list of great apps for writers that you can start using today!
Evernote (Evernote Corp.: FREE!)
Don’t let the super-low cost fool you—Evernote is one of the most popular apps of the Apple and Android networks and has some major awards to show for it. Keep track of all your ideas—whether in text, image, or sound format—all in one place. When you’re ready to handle them at a computer, you can either attach it to an email or download the Windows, Mac, or Web browser program and it automatically syncs!
Documents To Go (Dataviz: Free, Upgrade to Full version for $14.95)
If you’re more comfortable with the standard Microsoft Office format, this will be the smoothest transition. Similar to other programs, what you create in Docs To Go easily attaches to email and syncs with your computer but can also connect with Google Docs.
My Writing Spot (PT Software Solutions: $2.99)
According to the program’s website, it was created for writers who don’t feel like dragging their laptop around with them everywhere they go (which we can safely assume is most people, if not everyone). In addition to its great organizational format, My Writing Spot autosaves, has its own dictionary and thesaurus, comes with password protection, and—for all the NaNoWriMo participants out there—keeps track of word count.
Poet’s Pad (Paragoni Apps: $1.99)
This one’s especially for the poets: This program lets you break your writing up by stanza, making repositioning simple. In addition to a recording system for spoken word poets or those who just want to make audio notes of their ideas, there’s also an in-app dictionary/thesaurus and bank of rhyming words.
Writing.com’s Writing Prompts/A+ Writing Prompts (21×20 Media: $1.99, $4.99 respectively)
If you’ve got the urge to write but aren’t feeling particularly inspired, Writing.com’s array of apps provides all sorts of methods to get you thinking. Although you obviously get more with the upgrade (it’s an education version with a lot more prompts), you won’t get shorted with the original. (Plus, Writing.com has a Character Prompts app that gives you sample character profiles to play around with.)
QUESTION: What writing apps do you use?