Working as a freelance writer has many benefits, and one of those is that your workplace is not fixed to one location. As long as your Android phone has a charge, many of your work-related functions can be performed away from your normal desk. Using apps you can track projects, work on projects, do character creation, and so much more.
Benefits of using Android writing apps
How many of you thought becoming a freelance writer was a great idea because you loved writing? If you are reading this article, I’m going to guess you are one of those who answered “yes.” It’s important to like the work you do, because writing is very hard work if you don’t like it. When you love what you do, you want to use the tools that are available to you to do the best job, and what’s better than using the power of some of these Android apps?
When you involve your clients in what you are doing, things take on a very different tone. As a business owner, you have to keep track of clients’ preferences, assignments, deadlines, etc. You might even find some spare time for your personal projects.
You can use Android writing apps in the following ways:
- Write prompts
- Keep your client work organized
- Create characters
- Plan your stories
- Have access to word processing capabilities when away from your desk to jot down ideas, notes, full projects, etc.
These applications can aid you in being more efficient at your work, and they can even help you find more free time for your own writing projects. Here are our top 11 apps for freelance writers. Try them and see if you agree.
#1 Days Left Widget Pro
If you find it helpful to track the number of days you have left before a deadline, you may want to download the Days Left Widget Pro. At just $1.40, it’s a great way to remind you of project due dates, bill payments, birthdays, and whatever else you need to track. Best of all, at $1.40 it’s very affordable.
#2 Lists for Writers
Are you in need of writing prompts? Do you need help with ideas for your novel, short story, or maybe an essay? The Lists for Writers app has you covered with occupations, names, character traits, obsessions, action verbs, plot lines, and much, much more. You can have all this for just $3.38.
#3 iA Writer
This app has no formatting settings, so it’s extremely easy to use. There are English and German interfaces. iA Writer uses plain text files, which you can easily upload to Dropbox.
#4 Power Writer
Power Writer lets you get down to the business of writing ranging from brief notes to a complete novel. It’s a simple no fuss app that keeps things as simple as possible. Best of all, this app has plenty to offer, and for no charge.
#5 Google Drive
You can download Google Drive for free and have all your files from all of your devices including your smartphone right within your reach. Google Drive backs up, so you don’t have to worry about lost files. You can also send out invites to others to edit, view, or leave comments on the files.
#6 Character Creator for Writers
Do you need help creating characters for your writing? With Character Creator for Writers, all you need to do is use a drop-down character creation list. You can even add your own character traits. The app will put them together creating a realistic description.
The story stats feature will let you see your entire story at a single glance, choose the right story outline, choose novel structure, and aid in maintaining a balance in your screenplays and novels.
#7 Dream Writer
Do you get some of your best ideas while catching some down time? Dream Writer is a free app that aids in tracking what is happening in your subconscious by helping you to remember and record your dreams.
What you see in your dreams can be very intense, but it can also quickly slip away shortly after you wake up. You need to record it as quickly as possible upon waking up, usually within a few minutes. This app is simple to use, and just moments after you awake, you can record your dream. Use tags to categorize your dreams so you can look at them later. Dream Writer also lets you export and restore your database.
#8 Writer’s Plot Generator
Do you need an easy way to generate plot lines for stories? You can use Writer’s Plot Generator to put together 10 plot elements:
- Character 1
- Character 2
If you want an even simpler process, use the one-click random plot generator. You can save plots to your favorites list and then copy them to your clipboard. The app costs just $1.10, and you will surely help you generate plots more easily.
#9 JotterPad – Writer
In February 2015, JotterPad was named the “App of the Week.” If your work includes creative writing, this plain text editor app is worth having a look at. The features include phrase finding, word and character count, along with a built-in dictionary. You can use it for free and decide for yourself.
#10 Story Planner for Writers
Story Planner is a powerful organizational and story-mapping tool. At just $1.89, it’s a good price for the features offered that include writing as many projects as you wish, character creation, story locations, writing scenes step-by-step, linking locations and characters to your scenes, and getting stats on your story.
Do you take your own photos/videos to add to your work? As a freelance writer, remembering to properly label them can be challenging, especially when you need to keep track of due dates, projects, and other important information. Tagg.ly is a free app that will automatically add locations, names, logos, and time stamps to any photos or videos you take with your phone.