For budding tech-savvy writers, there are many apps available to help you hone your writing skills, but with about 2.1 million of them currently vying for our attention on Google’s Play Store alone, finding the most relevant and useful ones can be a chore.
In this post, we’ve taken our time to wade through the sea of apps out there, and we’ve fished out the top 5 most useful apps for budding writers we could find that would take you from amateur to professional, and keep you on track on your writing journey. Let’s explore them.
- Grammarly – Grammarly is one of the most popular writing assistants on the web today. It’s an app that helps you check your writing for errors anywhere online. As an aspiring writer, you can use Grammarly to check your work for spelling mistakes, punctuation errors, errors with syntax, and more. It’s also a great tool for checking plagiarism. And whether it’s just one sentence or thousands of pages you need edited, Grammarly is up to the task.
Furthermore, Grammarly is super easy to use. The app can work as an extension in your web browser to track your writing on the web or you can have your editing done directly on the Grammarly website, whichever works for you. Another plus is that a lot of its features are free, so you’ll only be required to pay if you’d like to access more advanced features. Nonetheless, it’s a cool and useful app for creating documents with little or no errors and for improving your writing skills.
- The Brainstormer: Writer’s block—every writer’s nightmare, from amateur to professional and everyone in between. There’s nothing like staring at a blank page and having absolutely nothing come to you. That’s not how writing is supposed to work, right? And what if this harrowing ordeal lingers for hours, days, or weeks? That’s valuable time lost that may never be recovered. But that’s where Brainstormer comes in.
If you’re fleshing out your first or next book and you hit a brick wall, the Brainstormer app can be helpful by randomly combining plot, setting, and style to spark or boost your imagination and creativity. It functions like a wheel which you can spin to generate unique sequences of plot, settings, and subjects, and can provide you with an endless supply of ideas!
- Index Card: Sometimes the difference between keeping a good idea and losing it is how fast you can record it. And with the number of distractions we have around us these days, it is more important than ever to jot down ideas as soon as you get them. You don’t want that shiny new plot twist that just divinely popped into your head to vanish without a trace in seconds. Herein lies the usefulness of Index Card.
Index Card is a lovely virtual corkboard you can use to jot down and organize ideas as soon as you get them. You can jot and organize ideas on the go on your mobile device or on a desktop computer.
With this simple but quite useful app (downloadable on iTunes) you can write on the notepads, edit, and drag your stories across the screen any way you want. In addition, you can share your work with other users.
- Scrivener: Even if you’re a newbie writer, chances are you’ve heard the word Scrivener being used around the world of writing. Akin to MS Word but with more authior-centric features, Scrivener is one of the most popular apps amongst writers today. Specially designed for authors, this application is bliss for producing and managing long manuscripts.
The Scrivener software is replete with features. These include a corkboard for pasting notes and templates for fiction, non-fiction, and screenplay manuscripts. Furthermore, you can easily plan chapters and export text into document formats like EPUB and Kindle. With Scrivener, keeping track of your research and ideas as you flesh out your novel, short story, or other piece of writing is made convenient.
- Microsoft Word: Of course. MS Word needs no introduction. With a long history in the tech space, this application still maintains its relevance in the world of writing today. One of the benefits of this app is its ease of use. Pop it open and you get a blank page ready to be flooded with creativity.
This veteran application will allow you to create, view, and edit your novels (though not as easily as Scrivener), blog posts, short stories and other texts. In addition, you can insert images, charts, etc. to your work in a few simple steps, either on your mobile device or a desktop computer. You can also access your writing on a host of devices, be it a smartphone, tablet, or PC.
To learn more about the similarities and differences between Scrivener and MS Word, watch this short video.
There you have it, our top 5 useful apps for budding writers. These functional tools will help you boost your productivity and hone your skills, and will, in addition, help you form good writing habits over time. With consistent use, you also wouldn’t have to depend on them so much eventually, and would be able to whip out spellbinding stories more efficiently without a lot of tech help.
Using any of these apps already? Please share with us how it has impacted your writing. And if you use other apps than the ones mentioned that work for you, we urge you to share them with us as well. Also, check out our post on finding the best time to write.