One of my biggest pet peeves with the Android ecosystem thus far has been a lack of great apps for writers. Maybe it’s because that’s what I do for a living and I can’t see past my own professional needs, but it’s been a thorn in my side since I started playing with Android in 2010. But over the past year, the ecosystem has made some remarkable progress, and writers haven’t been left as wanting as they were in the past.
I personally prefer Markdown as a writing method, which uses a simple syntax that makes typing HTML a lot easier. It’s been my preferred syntax for almost two years now, and I’ve been waiting for Android to catch up with iOS’s barrage of Markdown editors. At the same time as Android has been catching up, I’ve been asked if I could round up a few of my current favourite apps. Here are five of them.
Ever since I started using Android, I’ve been looking for a beautiful text editor with Markdown and Dropbox integration. I might have been spoiled by my experience with iOS, but nobody can deny the great apps available for writers in that ecosystem. I’ve always hoped to find something similar in simplicity on the Android platform, without sacrificing the advanced functionality many Android users often scoff about when they see iPhones.
I’ve tried just about every Markdown-related app available on Google Play, but I never felt I had found one that suited my needs until recently with Lightpaper Pro. It isn’t perfect, but it has most of the functionality I’m looking for and then some. Read on to find out if Lightpaper Pro is for you.
At the beginning of this week, we set out on a journey to help you kickstart your NaNoWriMo project. Writing 50000 words in 30 days is no easy task, but with the help of your Android phone or tablet, we know that you can do it. After all, you always carry them around, so you have no excuse not to write whenever you have some free time.
With that in mind, our team pulled their efforts together to create “NaNoWriMo Week” – 7 days of apps and tips dedicated to helping you make the most of your Android device throughout the month. From collecting and organizing ideas, creating a storyline, writing and typing, staying motivated and eventually syncing everything between devices, we covered all the aspects of the creative process. Here are our posts:
- Welcome to NaNoWriMo Week – Beginner tips
- Five apps to collect ideas for NaNoWriMo
- Visualize your mind with Mindjet for Android
- Thumb keyboard: Customizable two-handed typing
- Here’s how and why I use a bluetooth keyboard
- Keep your writing simple with Writer
- How to get on track with your writing goals
- Seamless writing with Simplenote
Let us know what you think of it, and whether or not you’d like to see more themed weeks like this one. We are a broad site, and we cover apps, tutorials, roundups and games, but we’d like to focus our expertise on certain topics every now and then. Would you like to see that? And if so, what areas would be interesting to you?
It’s National Novel Writing Month once again, time to challenge yourself to write 50000 words in 30 days, no easy feat! But with your Android device by your side, you can keep working on your novel or non-fiction book anywhere and anytime. Throughout this week, we’ll share our best apps, thoughts, and tips to help you achieve that writing goal.
As any writer knows, focus is absolutely key, and unnecessary distractions can really hurt the workflow. Most word processors are filled with bulky features that aren’t needed except for special projects that require formatting or tables. This means that they can easily distract from the primary purpose of the app.
Writer recognizes these aspects and strives to provide the most efficient writing experience possible on Android. It is an extremely simple word processing app that is designed to keep you submersed in your writing.