A vast compilation of great writing apps and word processors, for all your writing needs. From office suites to publishing tools. //

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  • LibreOffice

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android Android Tablet ... BSD Website

    My favorite word processor, far superior to its competitors. * *


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    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted Website

    Office suite. *


  • JotterPad

    Freemium Android Chrome OS Android Tablet Website

    Best writing app on Android, hands down. Totally worth the full-version purchase. * *


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  • yWriter

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Wine Mono Website

    Perfect for breaking down your novels and organizing plot ideas.


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  • Scrivener

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux iPhone iPad Website

    Aimed at novel authors, Scrivener is know for being resourceful and reliable.


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  • Nimble Writer

    Commercial Windows Steam Website

    Interesting acquisition on Steam, and those achievements are a fine productivity boost! *


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  • bibisco

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell Node.JS Website

    Helpful for novel writing, allows for character descriptions and helpful sorting. *


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  • BlankPage.io

    Commercial Web Website

    Aimed at novel authors, promises to boost procutivity and help achieve goals.


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  • Manuskript

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Feature-packed and distraction-free outliner and novel assistant.


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  • Write!

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Website

    Paid but feature-packed, Write! has many exclusive perks. *


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  • Typora

    Free Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell Website

    Both minimalistic and feature packed. *


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  • FocusWriter

    Free Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com Website

    Immersive and clean word processor, to simply get stuff done. *


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  • Notion

    Freemium Mac Windows Web Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Software as a Service (SaaS) Website

    Docs with real-time collaboration and simple formatting. * *


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  • LanguageTool

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... Chrome Microsoft Office Outlook SDL TRADOS Visual Studio Code Microsoft Office Word Eclipse TinyMCE TeXstudio Google Drive - Docs Thunderbird Vim OmegaT Sublime Text GNU Emacs Fidus Writer LyX LibreOffice <oXygen/> XML Editor Apache OpenOffice Firefox Website

    Free proofreading tool, perfect partner in crime for LibreOffice! * *


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  • Hemingway Editor

    Commercial Mac Windows Web Website

    Highlights common mistakes and aims at making your writing bold and clear. *


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  • Grammarly

    Freemium Mac Windows Web Chrome Microsoft Office Outlook ... Safari Microsoft Office Word Firefox Website

    Proofreader, from common grammar mistakes to specific contexts. *


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  • Reedsy

    Free Web Website

    Gets professionals together and helps authors publish their books. *


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  • GitBook

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Self-Hosted Website

    Write, collaborate and publish books.


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Comments on Writing

· Apr 2018 · Helpful Not helpful 5 Helpful Report as spam

Some comments / suggestions


Closed source and Chinese. You have to ask why they're offering their product for "free". That makes me suspicious enough not to want to install their software on my PC. Plenty of other Freemium software from China has proved insecure / privacy-invading (e.g. Maxthon). Libre Office is preferable in all regards and Only Office covers more ground for Microsoft compatibility.


No Android app (what are they smoking?) and the pricing is very high if you're just one person.

Typora vs Mark Text:

Typora is nice, but will be free only during beta. For a similar open source app, see Mark Text. Another one to check out is Ghostwriter.

If you rely on a service to store your data, you should know that they can read your stuff if they don't use "zero-knowledge" or "end-to-end" encryption. Without this, they can also be forced to give your data up to government surverillance programs and your information is readable to any hackers that manage to breach the servers on which your stuff is stored. Here are some suggestions for writing apps that offer encryption and therefore cannot read or give away your data.

Collaboration + Encryption?

See Cryptpad. Open source, of course.

Encrypted html-based text editor

Try Airborn. It looks like Word, but it saves your stuff in .html format. Open source, as always.

[Edited by JohnFastman, April 30]

[Edited by JohnFastman, April 30]


· Apr 2018 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

Fantastic! A delightful and productive list to stumble on. Thank you so very much..


Hey, no problem! Glad it was useful to you. (:

I should actually add a few more entries to it...

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