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Scrivener Alternatives for Android

Scrivener is not available for Android but there are some alternatives with similar functionality. The best Android alternative is yWriter, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Scrivener and eight of them are available for Android so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Android alternatives to Scrivener are Microsoft Word, Rentry.co, Novelist and Plottr.

Scrivener alternatives are mainly Novel Authoring Tools but may also be Note-taking Tools or Word Processors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Scrivener.
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  1. yWriter icon

    yWriter

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
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    • iPad

    yWriter is a writing tool that uses "scenes" as a unit of text and allows you to associate that text with all manner of story elements (characters, locations, items) as well as place it and rearrange it within the context of chapters.

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    yWriter vs Scrivener opinions
    Most users think yWriter is a great alternative to Scrivener.
    isahbellah

    it's free, it's easy to use and intuitive. The only thing that would make ywriter better is if it had an option to sync to other devices or such. Seriously, this is so much better than scrivener!

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    robyellow95

    For some reason, this reminds me of my high school notebooks: Flipping through pages trying to find crap.

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    I hated it. It kept trying to force me to follow its workflow (invented by the author, I think), and I use a different one. Scrivener suits my workflow, and yWriter does not. It is still on my hard drive, however, just in case.

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    Written and maintained by a novellist/software developer, yWriter is free to use, has a no-frills UI, supports cloud saving/device sync via Dropbox and Google Drive, takes automatic backups, and has an Android app (my main dealbreaker with Scrivener).

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    Free, reliable, logical layout. It also has a phone app that can sync with the desktop app if you use a cloud drive. Lots of other great features.

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    In my traipsing about the world of effective writing applications, like many, I blindly downloaded and attempted to utilize Scrivener. As noted, this was an attempt and, to better, expound, it was a failed attempt as Scrivener lacks a WYSIWYG approach. yWriter, however, is an absolute gem providing all of the necessary development tools broken down in a logical format that follows the lifecycle of story development from inception to completion.

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    have not the same versatility

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  2. Microsoft Word, part of the Microsoft Office Suite but also sold as a standalone application, is Microsoft's word processor.

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    This alternative is disputed. Microsoft Word is still a legitimate alternative to Scrivener, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    MS Word is a nice text editor, but it really doesn't have the ability to make ebooks that stand out like Scrivener does. Scrivener is a complete author's workshop.

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    Scrivener is not a word processor. Microsoft Word is nothing but.

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    Word has none of the benefits Scrivener brings for organisation, research, collecting and so forth. They couldn't be much more different really.

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    MS Word is a word processor, not an authoring tool. It has no knowledge of scenes, let alone characters or locations or items. It has very limited ability to handle text that is about the document but not part of the document and attaches to no specific point, or multiple specific points, in the document.

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  3. Rentry.co is a markdown pastebin and publishing service with preview, custom urls and editing. Fast, simple and free.

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    Novelist

    • FreeProprietary
    • Android

    A portable writing assistant for novelists.

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    Most users think Novelist is a great alternative to Scrivener.
  5. A visual story plotting tool that makes it simple to plan out your next novel. Drag and drop scenes, and plot lines. Keep all your notes in one place. It helps you to organize, simplify, and have more time for writing!.

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  6. The new version of Character Story Planner, planning and building a story cannot be easier with the help with this app.

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  7. Firedraft is a self-hosted privacy focused note-taking and knowledge management app.

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    rrbaker

    Firedraft is a clear and solid alternative to Workflowy or Dynalist but I couldn't see myself ever writing long form content on here.

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    Character Notes

    • FreeProprietary
    • Android

    Character Notes is an excellent tool for developing characters for novels and stories. There are five different areas of traits to build on: physical, personality, history, relationships, and character development.

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