Android Apps for Writers

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One of the worst things that can happen to a writer is to lose an opportunity to work on a project when inspiration hits. If I come up with a new idea, it is easy for me to jot it down in the journal I keep in my purse. But what happens when I get inspired on a project that I’ve already started?

Well, before Android apps could keep up with iPhone apps, I use to write in my journal and hope I remembered where to put my new ideas. I would also get Apple envy. Thankfully, I can put all of that envy aside and work on my projects when, where and how I dream up ideas.

I use the following apps to help my writing process and productivity.

JotterPad X

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I write most of my novels, articles and personal essays in Scrivener because its autosave feature is a little more advanced than Microsoft Word’s. The downside to Scrivener is that it does not have a mobile app on Android. This is where JotterPad X comes in.

Scrivener + Dropbox + JotterPad X = Easy Writing Integration

JotterPad X is a plain text editor that has full Dropbox integration. Write in Scrivener. Sync it to Dropbox. Use JotterPad X to edit the text files in Scrivener via Dropbox when you are on the go. Easy breezy.

Celtx

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Over the past year, I’ve been working on my scriptwriting abilities. While many people in the film industry use Final Draft, I haven’t quite decided on whether or not I’ll make the investment. In the meantime, I’m using Celtx. There is a free version. I use the $14.99 version along with the Celtx app. However, Celtx is not an automatic sync. You must remember to upload each time.

What on the go writing apps are you using?

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Makasha Dorsey is an award-winning author, motivational speaker and public relations professional. Her personal essay Diary of an Aspie Mom is included in The Motherhood Diaries (Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster). She blogs about being a writer, mother, wife, woman and Christian over at a wife in progress and has written for Absolute Write, The Midwest Book Review, Snaps1000Words, The Daily Times Leader, and ModVive Magazine. You can purchase a copy of her book First Family Secrets on Amazon.com.

2 comments on “Android Apps for Writers”

  1. Michael Reply
    Makasha, Thanks for sharing this. I find myself in need of your Jotter Pad X expertise. I use Scrivener for my novel writing; unfortunately, my laptop is going in for an overhaul tonight (I know, bad planning, right?) and I still need to continue writing for NaNoWriMo. I'll be without my laptop (and Scrivener for Windows) for two days! I have synced my Android tablet with DropBox and can see the folder where my Scrivener backups reside. However, Jotter Pad cannot read the back-up files - I'm guessing this is because they are ZIP files. Is it as simple as unzipping the backup file and editing the individual files? It looks like Scrivener has saved my chapter files in RTF (rich text) format. Thanks for any tips you can provide! Michael
    • Makasha Dorsey Reply
      Michael, Thanks for stopping by. If your files are ZIP files then you will have to unzip. Scrivener saves all files in RTF, even when importing items from MS Word. Let me know if unzipping works for you. Makasha

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