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Long gone are the days when writers used to bring quill pens, dark ink and paper along with them to keep the flow of words going. Today, the modern-day writers use high tech gadgets such as computers, smartphones and tablets to stay on track. These gadgets are without a doubt making the process of writing easier, faster and more accessible. One good news is that Android has the most number of free apps in the entire mobile planet, and all these apps are free!
Probably the most recognized apps for writing in the Android market is Evernote. Evernote allows you to write notes, create to-do lists, clip photos and even record your own voice reminder. What’s more is that Evernote will automatically sync all your stuff among your devices, such as your home PC, work PC and Android phone/tablet. You don't need to copy files around any more.
While other writers prefer hitting the page early hoping for a good flow of words to come out, others like to take it slow by carefully preparing the outline and mapping out their ideas first. Now writers can map their precious thoughts with Thinking Space – a mind mapping application now available for Android devices. It is completely portable and it has a pack of mind mapping tools including notes, links, colors and icons. This tool is great for planning and organizing those rough ideas before finally putting them into writing.
Finally, a simple app that will enable you to write notes, edit them and either import or export those files. One of the favorite apps for writing in the Android market is SimpleNote Notepad. It also features various themes, font size for note editor, pin a note to homescreen feature, backup and restore notes capability to an SD card, synching with Dropbox, reminders and password protection.
Springpad is another alternative tool for writers - both non-professional and professional. Springpad offers a completely different package. Make no mistake, this multi-awarded app is known for its three-step process: Save, Organize, and Act. Springpad will allow you to take notes, create tasks and to-do lists, and search for products, movies, and the best places to visit via its user-friendly interface. You can also record a voice memo, scan a barcode, and use the web clipper to save stuff from the Internet. Springpad is perfect for organizing your writing projects. It will definitely push your game into a whole new different level.
Every writer has to have a dictionary and a thesaurus. The Advanced English & Thesaurus app for Android is a comprehensive dictionary that stores more than 1.4 Million words in its database. What’s exciting about this app is its totally different approach. This app features nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs according to sets of cognitive synonyms, opposites and hyponyms plus some hyperlinks to its word category. This app is developed by the Princeton University’s Cognitive Science Laboratory.
Some writers prefer reading their work aloud prior to finally approving it for publishing. And it makes perfect sense, reading it aloud will help you feel what your content is entirely about. Good thing there is the Classic Text to Speech Engine app for Android. This app features a wonderful set of voices that are all natural and are capable of phrasing words in 25 different languages.
Of course, we can’t exclude Quickpedia in our list. Quickpedia is the equivalent of Wikipedia and is the gateway to accessing all those informative articles from Wikipedia. This free app is packed with awesome features including the following: search with autocomplete, news, featured Wikipedia page, random page, popular searches and send articles.
Writers are always on the go. Fortunately there’s the Voice Recorder app for Android devices. It’s actually a very simple voice recording app that might just help you finish that novel that you are writing. As you can see, writers will usually get those ideas anytime and anywhere during the day. And if you are busy, you can always choose to record your thoughts first and then do the writing later. This app will allow you to send data via Gmail, set recordings as ringtones, search by title, and use the timer recording feature and the much needed “Pause” button to give you a breather.
Get motivated and inspired to keep writing with the Best Wisdom Quotes app. This app features more than 3,000 well-chosen quotes from the best leaders and philosophers who ever lived. Features include search by quotes, author and category, add to favorites, and share quotes via SMS , email, Facebook and Twitter.
This app is a favorite among many writing professionals. With a five-star rating in the Android market, this app will simply remind you about all your important tasks by installing widgets on your home screen. If you are busy, this app will help you get organized and will remind you to stay focused and updated. Counting down the days is the perfect way to manage your time.
This is another great dictionary that every writer must have. This app will get you all the reference contents that you will need from Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com. This app also has a voice-to-text search and audio pronunciation feature plus the famed Word of the Day. It houses more than 375,000 words and over 300,000 synonyms and antonyms.
It takes two to tango. And for most writers, reading is vital in keeping the mind sharp and creative. Kindle is probably one of the best tools for avid readers. Nothing beats flipping those e-pages once in a while to stay inspired while writing. Kindle has a search option that will allow users to input keywords that would lead to useful excerpts from books without having to spend a single penny for it. Kindle also has a note-taking feature that helps writers improve their craft by highlighting the best writing styles of the masters from their work.