The 10 Best Writing Apps of 2019

Get your thoughts organized with these apps for writers of all genres.

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Whether you pen screenplays, write historical novels, or create pieces for your local newspaper, one thing is for certain: you need all the useful writing tools you can get your hands on.

To get you started, we've compiled a list of ten of our favorite writing apps and programs you need in your writer's arsenal.

Scrivener: Best Writing App for Long-Form Content

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What We Like

  • Keyboard shortcuts make writing a breeze, plus the templates are ready-made to jumpstart your creativity.

What We Don't Like

  • Scrivener does have a learning curve and is best for users who have intermediate understanding of word processing.

Are you a long-form writer who pens novels or works of non-fiction? If so, you need the space for non-interrupted writing with ready-made templates to save you formatting time. After all, you might be striving to hit that critical deadline. Scrivener is known for its various templates, places to store your character information, and so much more, all in one place.

Scrivener is the perfect word processing tool, available for macOS, Windows, and iOS devices. Scrivener offers a 30-day free trial for first-time users. After the trial, a standard license costs $45.00 and $38.25 for students.

Evernote: Best Writing and Note Companion for All Genres

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What We Like

  • Your notes aren't strictly word-based. You can add photos and so much more to your Evernote notes.

What We Don't Like

  • To receive more space and to be able to sync to more than two devices, you'll need to upgrade your Evernote account. Currently, only 60MB of monthly upload space is available for free users.

Most writers no longer carry a notepad and pen with them throughout the day. Instead, when inspiration strikes, they whip out their mobile device to capture it. Instead of using the built-in note-taking app on your device, Evernote captures your notes, ideas, and more beautifully. Plus, you can separate your notes into different notebooks for multiple projects.

Evernote is free to download for both Android and iOS devices. You can also now use Evernote online. Users can upgrade to Evernote Premium or Business for $5.83 per month or $12.50 a month per user.

Werdsmith: Best Writing App for Novelists

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What We Like

  • Werdsmith is easy to use as soon as you download. No learning curve here. You can get right to the writing that made you download it in the first place.

What We Don't Like

  • To use the novel and screenplay features, you'll need to purchase a Werdsmith membership.

If you're attempting to write the next bestselling novel while on the go, this is the app for you. Werdsmith is a portable writing studio, complete with instant formatting for novels and screenplays. You can even publish to your writing portfolio online using this app. It's clean, easy to use, and the perfect place for keeping your notes and finished work.

Werdsmith is free to download and use for iOS devices. However, in-app purchases are offered through a Werdsmith membership for $4.99 per month. Members receive four new themes, novel and screenplay writing tools, and more.

Microsoft Word: Best Word Processor for All Genres

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What We Like

  • You can add images, design elements, and more to your document.

  • The hundreds of templates make creating any document or work simple and fast.

What We Don't Like

  • Microsoft Word doesn't offer the same distraction-free writing environment as other programs on this list.

No writing tool list is complete without Microsoft Word. This word processor is the best option for all genres, complete with hundreds of templates to choose from, endless formatting tools, and an online support system to rival them all. From an intricately designed sales page to an e-book or novel, Word can process it all.

Microsoft Word is available for macOS, Windows, Android, and iOS devices. You can start with a free trial of the software, then, if you choose to purchase, packages range from $69.99 a year to $149.99 depending on your needs.

Google Docs: Best Writing Software for Bloggers

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What We Like

  • Google's Microsoft Word extension allows you to open, edit, and save Word documents through Docs.

  • Changes to your documents are save automatically - no more lost work.

What We Don't Like

  • The Google Docs app for your mobile device tends be slower than the online desktop version.

If you're a blogger, you need a place to store your work that's easily accessible by you and editors alike. Google Docs allows you to collaborate with others seamlessly. Plus, Google stores your work for you so you don't have to. It's easy to use, easy on the eyes, and allows you to send your work fast.

Google Docs is an online tool and is also available as an app for Android and iOS devices.

Lyric Notepad: Best App for Songwriters and Lyricists

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What We Like

  • The built-in notepad allows you to add notes about your songs as you write.

  • The built-in metronome helps you keep time easily.

What We Don't Like

  • The interface is currently a bit clunky to navigate.

For songwriters and lyricists, inspiration can strike at any moment. That's why it's important to have a tool available at your fingertips. Unlike most word processors, Lyric Notepad tracks rhyme and syllable schemes, helps you find new words, and allows you to record your lyrics, all in one app.

Lyric Notepad is free to download for both iOS and Android devices.

Final Draft: One of the Best Screenwriting Apps

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What We Like

  • For screenwriters who want to pursue their career in production, Final Draft has everything you need to meet industry standards without having to lift a finger.

What We Don't Like

  • For the beginner, this software is a bit pricey and comes with a learning curve.

Final Draft is the screenplay software used by 95% of film and television productions. Why? There are hundreds of templates to choose from, making creating your screenplay a breeze. Plus, Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to the industry standard, allowing you to focus on writing.

Final Draft offers a free 30-day trial. After that, Final Draft is $249.99. The program works with both macOS and Windows and also offers a new mobile app for iOS devices.

Dictation: Best Writing App for Journalists

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What We Like

  • This app is used for one thing and one thing only - to dictate. This simplicity makes it an easy tool to use on the go.

What We Don't Like

  • Without the pro version, you'll see an ad after each dictation you create.

For journalists who interview individuals for news stories and features, a good dictation tool is a must-have. The Dictation Talk to Text app is used often for translating voice to text for mobile devices. However, it is also used to dictate any voice while on the go. It's perfect for capturing ideas, too.

Dictation is free to download for iOS devices. However, Dictation Pro is available for $13.99, which removes ads.

FocusWriter: Best App for Distracted Writers

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What We Like

  • FocusWriter allows you to focus on what matters most: writing.

  • The tool is extremely easy to use and ready to use as soon as you download.

What We Don't Like

  • There are no editing functions outside of cut and paste. You'll need to copy your writing to a word processor for editing purposes.

Sometimes you simply need to write. FocusWriter allows you to do just that, without the distractions. The interface is basic, with all the tools hidden beyond the screen until you need them. With this, it's just you and the document in front of you. Of course, there are timers and alarms so you can be alerted when it's time to stop.

FocusWriter is available for both Windows and macOS devices and is free to download and use.

TextEdit: Best Writing App for Editors

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What We Like

  • When the full-scale capabilities of Microsoft Word or Pages in unnecessary, TextEdit fills in the gap.

  • For editors, converting files such as Rich Text to another format is simple.

What We Don't Like

  • TextEdit is only available for macOS devices including the MacBook Air and Pro.

Need to change a Rich Text Format to another format quickly? Apple's TextEdit is the perfect app for that. You can also create and edit HTML documents easily for the web. This simple tool is perfect for editing documents on the fly, including Word files, and converting them into other formats seamlessly.