Wait, what? Why would someone ever choose to write on his or her phone, do you say? I used to ask myself the same question. I used to think I would never ever write on my phone.
So I may have eaten my words a bit (pun intended). Using my phone to jot down an idea, a bit of dialogue, or a full scene or *gasp* MORE became practical during doctor’s visits, intermissions of my son’s choir concert, while waiting in a long line, or waiting the fifteen minutes for the dinosaur of my office’s copy machine to finish a print job. I have heard that a phone may become useful even in the bathroom, though I admit to nothing. I have a friend who drafted an entire book on her phone while sitting up during the wee hours of the morning with a child with chronic night-waking issues.
Today I’m going to share with you my can’t-do-without apps for writing on my phone. A few things about these first:
- I am an iPhone
addictuser, so the following are iPhone apps. Most of these have the same or comparable apps on other platforms. These are ones that I actually use and have kept using, and I have a lot of apps that I have tried and deleted off my phone for the sake of saving space. So yes, these are my keepers.
- There are many apps like Dropbox, Google Docs, Writing Journal, etc. that are excellent for facilitating the writing process and transfer of documents, but this post is specifically for apps that help you actually get those words written/revised.
- These opinions are 100% my own and are not sponsored by any of the creators of the apps or the App Store or anyone associated with Apple, though if anyone would like to send me some free apps for all of the nice things I’m about to say, I wouldn’t say no.
Here they are, in no particular order.
What I love: My critique partner Tasha and I both use this app regularly, and we both love how Evernote allows you to easily organize your notes, annotate, do full searches within notes, and attach reminders on notes. We also love how Evernote automatically syncs between devices. It’s also easy to share documents for the purposes of collaboration. It’s password-protected so you can keep your documents safe (which is only a pitfall if you’re like me and always forget your password). This is a full-capacity app that does have a free version so you can test it out and see if you like it.
What I don’t always love: Honestly, there isn’t much I don’t like about this app. Because it has more features, it obviously took me longer to learn about the features. Sometimes I tinker a little too much and want a distraction-free writing zone, and so I use one of the other apps below.
What I don’t always love: There can’t be a lot of background conversation or it will pick up those words as well. The app isn’t YOU, so the app will sometimes not know what word you mean (but again, it’s a lot better than any of the other dictation apps I’ve tried). Character’s names in particular tend to get butchered (but not always), and it doesn’t learn from correction. Accordingly, there will be a bit more clean-up than with other apps. There is no auto-sync feature, but you can email yourself what you have dictated. Great for times you need hands-free writing for whatever reason. Maybe for when you’re in the shower?…. (ooh, I should try that!).
What I don’t always love: Same as for Penultimate. I use my stylus, and it offsets the cons of trying to “pen” on your phone’s screen.
One more thing: There are always updates on these apps, and sometimes I don’t like a particular update for a specific reason. I always recommending reading the app’s “current version” reviews before updating to see what how people like the latest changes and/or what’s been improved.
Those are my favorite five! Thanks for stopping by our blog and letting me nerd out on my favorite apps 🙂
What about you? Do you ever write on your phone? If so, please share your favorite apps!
Helen Boswell loved to get lost in the pages of a story from the time she could sound out the words. She credits her dad, an avid fiction reader, with encouraging her to read ALL OF THE BOOKS on his shelves from the time she was a teenager. An author of both urban fantasy and contemporary romance, she loves to read and write characters that come to life with their beauty, flaws, and all. She is the author of YA urban fantasies MYTHOLOGY, THE WICKED, THE ETERNAL, and NA contemporary romance LOSING ENOUGH. She is also one of the authors of the YA/NA crossover anthology LOSING IT. She writes on her iPhone, iPad, and MacBook.