10 helpful Android apps for writers on the go

Inspiration can strike anywhere, and with time at a premium, today’s harried wordsmiths need an array of mobile technologies. Check out these online tools.


Today’s writer doesn’t always have time to sit down at his desktop to write.

With more and more writers living the digital nomad style, there is a huge demand for versatile technologies.

If you are an Android user, here are 10 writing apps you should know about:

1. Dictionary.com App. Even the best writers can make spelling and usage mistakes. Whether you are writing professionally or casually, checking the spelling or meaning of a word is important. The Dictionary.com app boasts 2 million definitions and synonyms, and it is guaranteed to help you stay up to date on the terms you use.

2. DropBox. Writers often work on multiple devices, and being able to access your files across them is essential. DropBox offers you a seamless cloud experience, the ability to edit your word files and so much more.

3. Monospace. Monospace offers one of the best bare-bones experiences you will find. It enables you to do the basics, such as bold, italics, strikethrough, bullets, quotes and sizing. Monospace trims away unnecessary features that bloat other writing apps.

4. JotterPad. This plain-text editor can help you write on the go. It’s a favorite among creative writers because of its simple style. It also features a dictionary.

5. Writer Plus. Writer Plus doesn’t shy away from what it really is, a simplified word processor that enables you to write down your ideas, but not much else. Writer Plus has keyboard shortcuts such as undo and redo. You can also save and share files with your friends, which makes it ideal for collaboration.

6. Microsoft Word. A bit more professional than Monospace or JotterPad, Microsoft Word is arguably the most robust writing program on the market, boasting a slew of features. You can edit all Office docs, old and new, and edit docs attached to emails.

7. ColorNote. If you need something simpler than a traditional word processor, ColorNote lets you take quick notes and color-code them to organize your projects. It also offers a password system. If your notes contain sensitive information, simply put a password on the note to protect it.

8. Simple Note. Simple Note is lightweight and fast, and you can pin your notes to specific pages on your phone. (I’ve used this note-taking app for the last two years.)

9. Evernote. This feature-rich app allows you to take notes, organize them, format them and so much more. One key feature is the ability to clip web pages, images and PDF files. The program also syncs with your computer, enabling you to share notes across all platforms, making it ideal for work groups.

10. INKredible—Handwriting Note. INKredible lets you take handwritten notes. The developers of this app created a distraction-free experience, so you won’t have to fight with a clunky user interface. It works best on tablets because of their larger screens.

In the end, personal preference is everything. Some people love feature-rich apps; others prefer plain-text word processors.

If we missed an important Android writing app, please let us know in the comments section.

A version of this post first appeared on Daily Writing Tips.

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