Whether you’re trying to recreate the Great American Novel, want to weave short stories, or just want to tell others about your life experience, writing has never been more accessible.
Thanks to the Internet and smartphones, it’s easier than ever for writers to get their content in front of the right eyes.
However, a quick Google search of ‘writing apps’ shows there are thousands upon thousands of apps to choose from.
What’s worth your time and what’s worth avoiding at all costs?
Read on for a list of the seven best writing apps you can download in 2018!
Even the most well-versed, experienced writer tends to make a few typos every now and again. And if you’re not the world’s best editor, it’s sometimes hard to spot hidden errors or mechanical issues.
This where Grammarly comes in.
Grammarly is a free plug-in that keeps your writing accurate and clear across your entire web browser or phone. Mistakes are highlighted in red, a la Microsoft Word, so they’re easier to spot.
For a small fee, you can also subscribe to Grammarly Premium, which boasts impressive features like templates for emails and business writing. It has a plagiarism detector. too
If you’re looking for the bare minimum, however, Grammarly’s basic service is more than sufficient.
2) Hemingway Editor
Hemingway is the perfect companion app to Grammarly. Where Grammarly focuses on typos and syntactical errors, Hemingway focuses on clarity and brevity.
Like Grammarly, Hemingway is a free web service, though you can download a desktop app for a small price.
If you’re someone who struggles with run-on sentences or wants to see how readable your writing tends to be, this is a great option.
The trick to Hemingway’s success comes from its simple, color-coded system.
The app uses blue for adverbs, green for passive writing, purple for complex phrases, yellow for hard to read sentences, and red for sentences that may be too complex for readers.
If you’re looking for information on how to start a blog, you’ll probably hear a lot of WordPress recommendations. And a little research shows why.
As it turns out, nearly a quarter of the world’s websites are hosted or created by WordPress. More impressively, an estimated 500 WordPress sites are created each and every day.
Downloading the free WordPress app lets you take complete control of your blog or site wherever you are.
The desktop app is remarkably close to the browser app. The mobile app is sleek, fast, and intuitive.
Those starting a blog who don’t know a thing about coding would do quite well to check out WordPress.
This is one of the best writing apps on the market for aspiring screenwriters. For the unfamiliar, think of Celtx as a free alternative to Final Draft, which regularly costs $250.
While Final Draft may be the industry standard, Celtx is a great alternative. It features formatting assistance, movable scene cards, and even generates a title page automatically.
Pretty cool, right?
Believe it or not, it gets cooler. Within the last few years, Celtx has branched out into other forms of writing.
Now, academic writers, business writers, and even game developers can try Celtx. Whatever type of writer you are, you owe it to yourself to give Celtx a download. Your writing will look professional and it’s a free download.
5) Google Docs
Of course, there’s always a chance that you’re just looking for something basic. Something to help you get started on a writing project and help you save money in the process.
Google has you covered.
Google Docs is one of the most popular word processors on the market. Unlike Microsoft Word, it’s free.
If that wasn’t enough to convince you to take Google Docs for a spin, there are tons of other reasons.
Cloud storage, for instance, is a big draw. Your document will save automatically after every single change. Want to begin writing on your laptop and then pick things up on your phone? No problem!
There’s also the benefit of collaboration. You can invite people to collaborate on your project by sending an e-mail invite. Users are even color-coded so you can see who changed what.
Be honest: how many times have you sat down to write only to find yourself distracted moments later?
Admittedly, it happens to most of us more than we’d care to admit.
That’s why apps like Ulysses are such a help. Ulysses is as bare bones and no-frills as it gets — and that’s a good thing.
It’s an app designed to keep you focused on taking up your entire screen. Now you can focus on what really matters, your writing, without worrying about distractions.
7) The AP Stylebook
Finally, the AP Stylebook is absolutely essential to professional journalists or those looking to learn about AP rules and standards.
Published annually by the Associated Press, the AP Stylebook is a comprehensive list of phrasing, spelling, and even syntax.
It’s also a whole lot to keep up with, especially since it changes rapidly.
For instance, did you know that according to the AP guide, “app” is perfectly acceptable upon the first reference instead of “application”?
Having that information handy can keep your writing cohesive and clear. Instead of lugging around a book with you at all times, why not download the app?
You can even subscribe to the AP Stylebook Online which features regular updates, so you’ll never have to worry about making a mistake again.
Which of These Writing Apps Will You Download?
So there you have it, seven of the best (mostly free) writing apps that you can download today.
Each of these apps offers at least a little something for every type of writer, so be sure to check out each one to see which works best for you.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to check in with the Pligg blog to learn about other downloads to make your life easier!