In case you have never heard of NaNoWriMo
it stands for National Novel Writing Month which happens during the month of November. All throughout the month, participating writers from all over the globe, both pros and novices, work to write a novel in a month. Although this is my second year participating, I have yet to finish and so I'm looking to my trusty tablet to help me meet my NaNoWriMo goals. Here are 6 writing apps for Android and the iPad to help you write your novel and thankfully, they will continue to work long after the month of November is gone for those of us who have trouble writing a novel in a month.
: Who can resist an app with a 'stache? If you're focused on word count and have a few projects that you are trying to complete for NaNoWriMo check out this free app which lets you easily track where you are with your writing projects. The clean design is great and while I'm a little tired of the hipster appropriation of the moustache, I do grin whenever I spot this icon on my iPad. Free
: Hands down my favourite writing tool for the iPad. I love the editing tools and export options which include ePub and think that the beautifully sharp design of the app reminds me of my favourite sketching app, Paper
, in all of the best ways. $4.99
A Novel Idea
: One of my biggest challenges in novel writing is keeping my characters and worlds straight. While I have used various tools for this that I also use for everyday organisation (ie Evernote
), I have found it can be a little more complicated than I like to easily see at a glance who lives where and what they are all about. This is a simple app takes care of that and if the ads drive you as batty as they drive me, the Pro version is a $2.99 in-app purchase. Free, $2.99
: The best text editor formatted for Android tablets that I've seen (yes, I know Google Drive
is also quite good), it also has a handy word count tool to help keep you on track for your NaNoWriMo goals. If you're tired of using phone apps on your Android tablet to write, give this one a whirl. $2.99
: Like the name implies, this app, built for Android phones let's you track where you are on your NaNoWriMo writing goals. Free
: If you prefer to handwrite your novel or have a combination of both typing and handwriting this app might be worth checking out. Available in both free and paid versions it allows for documents which contain handwriting, typed text, and images. Free, $2.99
What apps help you make your NaNoWriMo goals?
(Top Image: Joelle Alcaidinho, all others as linked above)