Apps For Writers On The Go

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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.’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,’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, has a Character Prompts app that gives you sample character profiles to play around with.)

QUESTION: What writing apps do you use?

10 Responses to Apps For Writers On The Go

  1. I like to use Notes on my iPhone
    I write poems and send them to my email
    Very helpful to have also is a rhyme app
    and dictionary app. All those combined
    into one would be ideal

  2. I like MyWritingSpot because you can use it offline unlike Yarny and G Drive, but I don’t like that you can’t purchase it just once. You have the buy the app again for each new device (phone and tablet, etc).

    I love Writeometer on Android. You don’t write in it, but you can log in your writing projects and word count for the day. It also sends out reminders (You choose the day and time and is customizable). You can also set awards for yourself. It’s a good tracker and motivation tool.

  3. Love Evernote! You can attach pics of pages from books and write an accompanying note. Great for research. And everything else

  4. I have been using Evernote for the longest time I could possibly think of soon starting my own blog really excited. I will try the other apps for sure and will share the feedback thank you so much.

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