Hayley Milliman
Marketing and Customer Support Ninja
Published Nov 28, 2018

10 Free Writing Apps and Tools

Writing isn’t always the easiest thing. Thankfully, there are all types of apps out there to help you stay organized and focused. Whether you are writing for a living or just making a grocery list, these apps will help you complete your project with ease.

Contents:

  1. 1. ProWritingAid
  2. 2. Freemind
  3. 3. LibreOffice
  4. 4. Scribus
  5. 5. FocusWriter
  6. 6. Evernote
  7. 7. Hubspot's Blog Topic Generator
  8. 8. Canva
  9. 9. Diaro
  10. 10. Todoist
  11. Let Writing Apps Ease Your Life

1. ProWritingAid

ProWriting Aid is an online editor, writing coach, and style guide, all rolled into one. It highlights a range of potential pitfalls in your writing that your grammar checker misses, like overused words, transitions, vague and abstract words, and more.

The free ProWritingAid online editing tool allows you to upload your documents and access more than 20 in-depth writing reports, which will help you improve the strength and clarity of your texts quickly and easily.

ProWritingAid

Take a 2.5 minute tour here.

ProWritingAid also has more software integrations than any other editing software, including MS Word, GoogleDocs, Scrivener, Open Office, or Chrome so that you can edit wherever you write.

2. Freemind

Brainstorming is an incredibly important part of the writing process. Freemind allows you to diagram out your thoughts in a number of different formats.

Freemind

Freemind's mind-mapping tools help you visualize workflows and add organization to complex ideas. It's definitely easier to keep organized than a wall full of sticky notes.

3. LibreOffice

LibreOffice is an amazing word processor option for people who are looking for a free alternative to Word.

LibreOffice

LibreOffice has a number of great features, including a clean and sophisticated word processing layout and support for a vast number of file formats. You can create everything from a simple memo to a complete book using the online editor, which makes it a great choice for people looking for a word processor for all types of projects.

4. Scribus

Do you need to create beautiful layouts for your words? If so, Scribus may be for you!

Scribus

Scribus is a free, open source platform that allows you to create rich, professional layouts for everything from one-pagers to magazines. While it takes a bit of learning to get started, Scribus is both easier to use and cheaper (since it's free!) than tools like Adobe InDesign.

5. FocusWriter

Distraction is Enemy #1 to many writers. Facebook never looks as enticing as when you're on a tight deadline or trying to meet a goal. If this sounds like you, FocusWriter is here to help.

FocusWriter

FocusWriter minimizes your work into a clean, distraction-free word processor interface, so you can simply write without worrying about the clutter on your computer screen. FocusWriter isn't the best tool for going through your second or third draft, but it's great for getting through that first run so you can do the in-depth editing elsewhere later.

6. Evernote

Evernote is an amazing "second brain" which allows you to flexibly take notes and capture ideas in a variety of areas.

Evernote

You can do just about everything in Evernote, from creating to-do lists and checklists to drawing out specific notes to capturing receipts for tracking business expenses. Evernote offers up to 60 MB of space on its free plan, which is plenty if you're just using plain text notes. If you'd like to add more graphic or larger files, you can upgrade your storage for small fees.

7. Hubspot's Blog Topic Generator

Even the best writers run into blocks sometimes. Hubspot's Blog Topic Generator can help you when it feels impossible to come up with new content.

Hubspot's Blog Topic Generator

Simply input three nouns into the generator and get a week's worth of topics in seconds! Now, THAT was easy!

8. Canva

As writers, we don't just have to worry about the words we put on the page (or the word processing document). Many of us have to create images for our work, whether that's a cover photo for a blog post or a graphic to promote your book on social media. Canva is an amazing, powerful free tool to help create beautiful images.

Canva

Canva's drag and drop templates can help you create everything from a Pinterest graphic to a book cover. If you're hesitant to learn Photoshop, Canva is an amazing alternative to help you create rich, high-quality graphics.

9. Diaro

Your life is precious, and if you’re the documenting type, you want to remember every moment good or bad. Diaro is an advanced diary application, but it can be used for keeping a journal or simply writing notes.

Diaro

Use Diaro to help you keep your thoughts and memories organized and well documented. Attach photos or locations to your entries and share with others via email and social networking sites. With Diaro, you never have to worry about others stumbling across your deepest darkest secrets, because your diary will be password protected.

10. Todoist

The best writers are able to organize and prioritize their work. Todoist is a task management application that helps you create to-do lists and custom schedules so you can work more effectively.

Todoist

With Todoist, you can create recurring tasks (e.g. "Write every day at 7 pm!") to help yourself set and achieve goals. Never worry about forgetting an important task again!

Let Writing Apps Ease Your Life

Writing is hard. Simplify your life and kickstart your success with these writing apps.

What writing apps do you use? Anything we've missed? Tell us in the comments!

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Hayley Milliman
Marketing and Customer Support Ninja

Hayley is a former teacher turned writer who works for ProWritingAid as a marketing and customer support associate. Hayley loves writing content that's engaging and informative. Bonus points if it's about Star Wars. She co-wrote the book, Museum Hack's Guide to History's Fiercest Females, which you can pick up on Amazon.

While I like this piece of advice, I find it hard to follow. Things change a lot and very quickly in the modern world. Beautifully said, nevertheless.

By lisa85 on 20 September 2012, 09:15 PM

Want to write

By Lambrosia7 on 30 January 2014, 07:07 PM

Check out Manu for writing books and novels, screenplay etc... find at http:writerstat.com and @WrtrStat on twitter.

By C Catlin on 04 September 2015, 02:54 PM

Check out Manu for writing books and novels, screenplay etc... find at http:writerstat.com and @WrtrStat on twitter.

By C Catlin on 04 September 2015, 02:55 PM

this is nice advice

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By magrn2006 on 31 August 2016, 05:30 PM

I really hope this app can help me write better on a computer. I really need to write fast for my homework. I hope this will work. I searched up 13 apps to try and help me write better but, none helped me a lot. So I found this one! I really hope this helps me! Thank you!

By carol_peck61 on 27 November 2016, 04:54 AM

Your comment I have talked to many people about your program and they love it. I am sure I will too. Thank you for your help.

By reed611954 on 02 September 2018, 09:18 PM

I want to add one more tool to this awesome list, which is character and word count online tool. countingcharacters.com

By adamduzzcount on 07 October 2018, 02:05 PM

I’m a new writer I’m 59 and have had a rich life and varied occupations in Nursing and Teaching I’m now retired and want to document my experiences through the fiction genre. Not wanting to use real nmrs or characters but wanting to document the rich tapestry of my life in India in Adelaide SA and the last 30 years in the Northern Territory:) can I get help with a basic writing guide and just fill in the spaces to start me off???:)

By Maggiejs20 on 13 October 2018, 07:12 AM

The best of everything on this list is ProWritingAid, hands down. Most of these are online programs, and I'd like to see an emphasis on desktop programs. Good article though! Thanks.

By nicholasreicher on 01 December 2018, 03:48 PM

Great information! I really hope this app can help me write better on a computer. I really need to write fast for my homework. I hope this will work.

By warnerjohn1995 on 03 December 2018, 05:33 AM