Free, writing applications that I use daily.
As mentioned previously, the majority of my writing is completed on my phone. I find ten minutes here and there, to write a hundred words at a time.
Writing applications can be an expensive business. As this is my side-hustle and I have a family to support, I can’t afford to spend money.
Here are the phone apps that I use. Although many offer a paid version, the reviews are for the free versions. These are my honest views and not sponsored by any company.
The majority of my posts are written in Apple’s notes application. This is the app, that is automatically downloaded onto iPhones.
I love the way you can have folders for different stories. You can also input handwritten notes, photos and links. The transfer between my phone and my computer is seamless. There is never a problem.
If you don’t have an Apple then I would suggest Evernote. The functions are very similar. The transfer between machines is also, seamless.
I used to write straight to the Medium app, but on more than one occasion I lost posts. For this reason, I stick to notes. If you delete something by accident you can always find it in the deleted items folder.
For images, I use the phone version of Canva. Canva allows you to personalise photos, with text and stickers. This application can change a standard stock photo into a personal post photo.
I prefer to use the phone version, to the website one. I find it easier to navigate.
Canva can also be used to design banners and logos for other social media. It is my one-stop place, for everything images.
Over the months I have tried every scheduling app for social media. The one I am sticking with is Hootsuite. It is super easy to use and has a clear view of everything scheduled.
The free version has a limit of three on the number of accounts, but it is more than adequate for what I need. On it, I schedule posts to my Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook accounts.
Again it is an application that I find easier to navigate on my phone than on the website.
To check grammar I use the plugin for Grammarly. There is some negative press as it records your keystrokes. People are concerned it may be collecting personal data. I’m no expert, but I would say it’s scaremongering. To be on the safe side, you could always switch to your standard keyboard when typing in passwords etc.
I have to say the keyboard has taken some getting used to. Over time it has become more natural to use. I also always double-check posts through the web version before publishing. It has, however, saved me many blushes.
Three Interesting Applications
Yahoo Mail — I love reading newsletters from other writers, but don’t always want them filling up my inbox. For this reason, I have a separate email address for newsletters. I then send these to my yahoo mail application to read when I have time.
Who Unfollowed Me — This studies your Twitter account and tells you who has unfollowed you. It’s a brilliant way to get rid of those dishonest follow, unfollowers.
Followers — Is exactly as mentioned above, but for your Instagram account.
Writing does not need to be expensive. Free writing applications often provide enough functionality to be more than adequate. If you are new to writing, I would suggest you look into these applications before spending money.
Which writing applications would suggest?