42 Free Writing Apps And The Best Free Writing Software

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Free Writing Tools

Writers are spoiled for choice when it comes to free writing tools.

Are you are a blogger, author, content writer or student? You want practical writing apps and software that will do the job for you.

But you don’t want to pay out a lot of money to be able to write more effectively. There is no need for you to spend a penny to get some of the best applications to help you write more productively and accurately.

You can choose and try so many terrific free writing tools and apps today. Most of them are fully-featured, unrestricted and free for you to use.



What writing apps can you get for free?

You can find creative writing apps, grammar checking apps, word processors, mind maps, index cards, book writing programs and productivity tools.

All of them will help you get on with what you do best, which is writing, of course.

There are also many free versions of popular premium apps available that can offer you tons of fantastic features.

I have tried all of the apps listed in this article and use a lot of them every day.

But you will want apps that work best for you and your writing process and style. I always start with a free version to make sure a new app does what I want it to do.

Very often, a free app will do everything I need. But yes, sometimes I opt for a premium version to get all the features if it is a fantastic tool.

It doesn’t matter if you are an author, a blogger or article writer. Choosing the best tools for your writing needs will save you time, effort and lots of money.

If you are a student, free writing software and apps are a huge bonus. They will help you at school, college or university.

For every type of writer, here are some of the very best free, free to use and freemium apps for you to make a choice.

Scan through this list of writing apps and software below to see if you can find a few new favourites to download for your laptop or to use online.


Apps to Write Accurately

6 Writing tools to help you write more accurately

The essential writing tools you always need must be a reliable grammar corrector and a spellchecker.

There are a lot of online writing app choices to check, correct and improve your writing. For every writer, the options will be different depending on your writing style and needs. There is no one best or better choice.


Some writers might only need a simple online checker for blog posts, articles or essays. But for a content writer or author, it is different. You are probably looking for more developed programs and options.

In my case, I always use two programs to check my writing. I use one for grammar and spelling and another for writing style and readability. It always pays to check and double-check your writing before you publish.

Here are six of the most popular free grammar apps to get you on your way. Each one will help you improve the quality and accuracy of your writing.

Try them all to see which one or two work best for you and your style or type of writing.


1. Prowritingaid (Free and Premium)


Prowritingaid is one of my favourite writing checkers. I use it every single day of the week.

You can use the free version of ProWritingAid. It offers you a lot of functionality to help you write more accurately online using a simple Chrome extension to check your grammar and spelling.

Are you an author? Then you should consider all the editing and checking tools that are available with this app.

It is a superb writing aid for authors and writers of long-form content articles. There are over twenty different writing analysis tools and reports in the premium version. These will give you a huge range of suggestions to improve your writing.

There are also easy to use extensions available for Chrome, Microsoft Word, Google Docs and Scrivener too.

It is my number one go-to editing tool when I need to work intensively on very long documents such as long-form articles or book manuscripts.

You can also read my full Prowritingaid review.


2. Grammarly (Free and Premium)

GrammarlyWithout a doubt, Grammarly is the number one online grammar checker for a lot of writers

I have used Grammarly for a very long time now. It is one online writing tool that I always have switched on in Chrome to use with WordPress.

It works with so many sites, platforms, software and applications. So it is always on and always helping me correct my writing in real-time.

Grammarly has a desktop app. It also has a plugin for Word in Microsoft Office for PC users.

You can use it in any web browser, with WordPress and even on your social media sites. It also works on mobile devices as well as with an iOS Grammarly Keyboard app.

There is also support for Google Docs, but this feature is still in beta.

No matter what, when, or where you are writing, Grammarly is always helping you write better and more accurately.

The free version of Grammarly works exceptionally well for most users. But for more advanced features to help you in your writing process, there is a premium version available.

You can read more in my Grammarly review.


3. Ginger (Free and Premium)

ginger grammar


Ginger Grammar is another very popular free grammar checker.

There is a free Chrome extension, and it works similarly to most of the other popular online checkers.

There is also a sentence rephraser and vocabulary enhancement tools.

But where Ginger shines is in its ability to find and fix incorrectly spelt (or spelled) words depending on the context.

Try it to see how Ginger contextual correction works.

4. Hemingway Editor (Free)

Hemingway EditorI have a love-hate relationship with the Hemmingway Editor app.

The love is due to how quick and easy it is to check my readability score and grade.

The negative is that it always tells me to simplify my writing. It hates the passive voice.

But with that said, it is one of the handiest tools and grammar checker a writer can have at their fingertips.

You can choose which Hemingway mode to use – either write or edit.

The free online version is very convenient for checking up to a page or so of text. It gives helpful hints to improve your writing.

It’s free and one of the must-have grammar apps for writers.

There is a paid version, but I am not sure it offers much value.

Read more about this app in my Hemingway Editor review.


5. Online Correction (Free)

Online Correction

Online Correction is a free application to check your writing.

When I tested the app, it did a very good job of finding basic spelling and grammar errors. It also found some typographical points.

It is an advertising-supported tool, but the ads are unobtrusive. I pasted a text of over 3,000 words into the checking tool, and it analysed it very quickly.

Would you prefer to use a quick and simple online checker instead of downloading software? Then this is one of the best apps to check your writing quickly.


6. Grammar Lookup (Free)

Grammar Look Up

Grammar Lookup is another good choice for a free online grammar checking app.

I used 3,000 words from one of my book manuscripts to test the app. It started checking for grammar, spelling and punctuation errors almost immediately. It is a good app for checking short-form writing, such as blog posts and short stories.

If you’re looking for a totally free grammar app with a generous word limit, this one is well worth trying.

Again, like a lot of free online writing tools, the app is ad-supported.


Free Word Processors


The first name that writers tend to associate with word processing is almost always Microsoft Word

microsoft-word-logoWord is very well-known as the word processing component of Microsoft Office.

It is the default writing tool for many writers, bloggers and authors. But it is definitely not cheap.

Depending on your country, the annual licence for Office 356 can range from $60 – $100.

If you want to buy the one-time purchase version, which is called Office Home & Student, it can cost you as much as $150.

Microsoft Office is as its name implies, is software for office use. It includes Outlook, Excel and Powerpoint and other programs. You will never use these software programs for creative writing.

Do you need to pay for all these extra programs to have a word processor to write a blog post, article or short story?

Is there a free word processor that is equal to Word?

Yes. If you want to write, you can always find great word processors that are free to use. Often they come with many other alternative tools that are better suited for writers.

Most of them will be suitable for your writing goals and any form of short creative writing project.

But you should note that a word processor is not the best app for writing a book. You can find better apps for authors in the next section of this article.


12 Free word processors to replace Microsoft Word


1. Google Docs (Free)

Google DocsLike Microsoft Office, Google Docs is a suite of office tools. The big difference is, of course, is that Google Docs is available for free online.

If you are familiar with Word, you will have no problem at all adapting to Docs, which is the word processor component.

All the formatting options are very similar, as is the user interface.

Unlike some free word processors, Docs does have a word count so that you can keep track of your word count goal.

I know that many writers, particularly content writers, use Google Docs because of the simplicity of sharing documents online.

Writing projects can be quickly and easily shared using Google Drive, which comes with 5 gigabytes for free. It usually is plenty of storage space for writers. You can also use Docs offline.

If you are writing every day and working with other writers, content editors, proofreaders or editors, Google Docs allows you to collaborate with ease.

There is no need to know what file format or program others are using.

As long as each person has a Google account, and who doesn’t, working together is very easy.


2. Apple Pages for Mac Users (Free)

Apple PagesIf all you need is a word processor, Apple Pages can handle everything you could possibly need to do.

Like Word, you can start with a blank document or use the template chooser.

The word processing in page layout document view is easy to work with, and all the text formatting, fonts and writing tools are easy to find and use.

There is a spell checker, word count and track change with an add comments option.

It also autosaves saves directly to your hard drive, or your iCloud drive when you are online. There is also the file duplicate function. It gives you very easy version control of your revisions and edits.

It is difficult to think of a standard feature or function in Word that is not available in Pages documents.

There is one other area where Pages shines. It has a lot more control over images compared to Word.

One other big plus with Pages for authors is that you can export directly to epub. You don’t need to convert your file formats in another program.

Pages is a terrific word processing option for all Mac, iPad and iPhone users. You can download it from the Mac App Store.

Related reading: Can Apple Pages Replace Microsoft Word For Mac?


3. MS Notepad and Mac TextEdit (Free)

notepad end texteditThese two writing programs are already under your noses. They are installed by default on Windows and Apple computers.

They are both ideal little apps for writing blogs or short articles.

However, they are both worthy of a mention because of their usefulness in converting to plain text.

Most word processors can add a lot of background code over the time you take to write a long document.

Cut and pasting, saving, deletions, forgotten tabs and spaces and formatting changes or inconsistencies all up add to a lot that can go wrong.

Because of all this code, there is the chance that the text might have issues when you use it online. It can be especially true if you use WordPress and also in publishing in ebooks.

The quickest and easiest way to clean a document, big or small, is to copy all the text into a basic text editor such as Notepad or TextEdit and then convert everything to plain text.

Then you can copy back the clean text into your blog editor or word processor for ebook formatting.


4. Libre Office (Free)

Libre OfficeI used Open Office for many years. It is an open-source project and is still available.

However, Libre Office is now favoured by many writers.

These two free office suites branched from the same development stable, so they have a lot of similarities.

Learning to work with Writer, which is the word processor, is easy.

However, it uses traditional and straightforward menus, toolbars and icons, but does not have the ribbon function found in Word.

In some ways, this is a good thing because it lets you get on with the writing process instead of hunting in ribbons for buttons.

If you want a word processor, and that’s all, Writer in Libre Office won’t disappoint you.


5. AbiWord (Free)

abiwordIf you want simplicity, AbiWord is well worth trying.

It has been around for a long time now, and while it might look a little outdated, its functionality is not.

The best way to describe AbiWord is uncluttered. It is ideal if you are looking to write distraction-free.

It has all the basic, such as spelling and grammar checking and auto-saving.

It also works with most common file types, including docx.

Abiword is not fancy, but it’s free, and it works. It’s ideal for writing blog posts or article content.

However, due to its print limitations that require an external program to see a print preview, it might not be the best alternative to write your book.


6. WPS Office (Free Edition)

WPS OfficeIf you have used Microsoft Word or Google Docs, then you can work with WPS Office immediately.

Similar to other alternative word processors, it has all the standard features you would expect and works with most file types.

One of its key features is that it allows drag and drop paragraphs, which can, at times, be practical.

Another time-saving yet straightforward feature of WPS is tabbed documents.

While Excel has had this for years, Word never has, so working on two documents at the same time is much more efficient in WPS.

WPS also has a cloud storage service with 1G free space for PC and iOS.


7. SoftMaker Free Office (Free)

Free OfficeFree Office gets a mention because it can export .epub. It is a convenient tool for self-publishers.

TextMaker is the free word processor in this office suite.

But it doesn’t come with the ability to save in docx format unless you opt for the premium version.

But you can open and edit docx files.

Apart from that inconvenience, it has all the advanced features you would expect in a modern word processor.

It comes with advanced formatting options, the ability to create databases for bibliographies and footnotes, as well as track change.


8. iA Writer (Free Trial)


If you want a web app for clean no-fuss writing, iA Writer might be just what you are looking for.

Forget about fancy keyboard shortcuts and menus.

All you do with this app is to write.

The NYT says it creates a clean, simple and distraction-free writing environment for when you really need to focus on your words. It’s delightful to use.

For long-form writing, it is one of the best free word processors and will suit any writing style.

It is available for Windows, Mac, and apps for Android and iOS.


9. Focus Writer (Free)

Focus Writer

FocusWriter is a simple, distraction-free writing environment.

It uses a full-screen hide-away interface that you access by moving your mouse to the edges of the screen.

It allows the program to have a familiar look and feel to it while still getting out of the way so that you can immerse yourself in your work.

It’s available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.


10. Calmly Writer (Free)

calmlywriterCalmly Writer has been designed to help you focus on writing.

As you start typing, all the distracting options disappear from the interface.

Calmly also includes “focus mode” option, which highlights only the paragraph you are editing at the time.

If you are a writing minimalist, it could be a good choice for you.

It is a browser-based app, and there is a Chrome extension available.


11. Zoho Writer (Free)

zoho writerZoho Writer is a free online alternative to Microsoft Word.

You can sync between your PC or Mac, iPhone, Android or iPad.

Almost everything you do in Word, you can do with this word processor. There are even collaboration tools.

You can import your existing Word documents and get to work.

There is also a plugin to link your Zoho documents to Word.

That’s not a bad deal for at all a free online writing tool.


12. Scibus (Free)

scibusScribus is an open-source program for desktop publishing.

It gets a mention here because it is free, but also because it is such a feature-rich cross-platform program.

Scribus is a page layout and desktop publishing program for Linux, FreeBSD, PC-BSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, OpenIndiana, Debian GNU/Hurd, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4, eComStation, Haiku and Windows.

Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK colours, spot colours, ICC colour management and versatile PDF creation.

Perhaps it is not a choice for most authors and bloggers. But you might have a desktop publishing need one day.


Free Book Writing Software

4 Free book writing software and apps for authors

Are you ready to start writing a book? You need to hunt a little to find good book writing apps for books and novels.

A writing app for a book is totally different from a word processor. The best book apps have many components or parts. You need plot timelines, character builders and event tracking. It should also have note-taking and research pinning tools.

Here are four of the best free book apps and software to help with writing and publishing your books or ebooks.

There are also seven more story writing app free choices for you at the end of this list.


1. Shaxpir (Free and Premium)

shaxpirFor a dedicated book writing tool, Shaxpir gives you a lot of features in its free version.

The Manuscript Builder uses drag-and-drop tools to rearrange your manuscript. You can change the order and hierarchy of chapters and scenes. So you can find a structure that works for you.

You can set goals and track your progress and keep detailed notes about your characters, places and events.

It also allows you to add margin comments as well as collect concept art.

There is also an in-built spellchecker.

As far as free book writing program or author app goes, Shaxpir offers you a huge range of features.

It is available for Mac and PC with offline plus cloud access.


2. Scrivener (Free Trial)

Scrivener-LogoIt is not free, but I have to include Scrivener in this list because there is a generous free trial available.

It is one of the best book writing software tools for authors and screenwriters.

With an outliner, chapters and scenes, corkboard and index cards, side by side viewing, word count targets and a full-screen editor along with print, export and publishing tools, it has everything any writer could ever need.

There is a 30 day free trial period offered by Scrivener.

But it is counted by the days that you use the software. So if you use it every second day, your trial period will last you for 60 days.

If you only write at the weekend, it will last you for a good few months.

Scrivener is available for download for both Windows and Mac. There are also iOS apps for iPhone and iPad.

To access your free trial, click the Download Free Trial link.

You can watch this video to see how Scrivener will help you write your new book.


3. KDP Wizard (Free and Premium)

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KDP Wizard is a free Kindle Direct Publishing management tool. You can access all of your book data and files quickly and easily, all in one place.

It makes editing all your book information a much simpler task than waiting to go from page to page on your KDP dashboard.

It includes a Rich Text Editor for your book descriptions, so you don’t need to go to Author Central and edit in HTML.

You can search & select categories easily, speeding up your listing process or changing your categories. With the app, you can access your search keyword profiles, authors, contributors, descriptions, pricing profiles and more.

You can copy entire page attributes from one listing tab to another to save time when creating multiple new books.

It has so many features to help you publish and manage all your ebooks and books on Amazon. KDP Wizard runs in your Chrome browser, so you can use it on both Mac and PC.

4. Kindle Create (Free)

kindle create

If you are self-publishing author on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), Kindle Create is a must-have free software app for you to use.

The program has improved a lot over the last couple of years. Initially, it was a little unstable, and its primary function was to help you format a Kindle book.

But stability is much better now, and Amazon has been slowly adding new features since it merged Createspace into KDP.

Kindle Create can now format not only ebooks but paperback books as well. But this latest option is still in beta.

It is so easy to format beautiful ebooks using Kindle Create.


But wait, do you want more great apps for writing books?

Free book writing software
Seven more free book writing programs for writing a novel

Do you want to try the best apps for writing a book?

Do you want the best novel writing tool that can help you work on individual chapters and scenes?

Here are seven choices for open source free book writing programs and apps for you that are specifically designed for writing a book.

Read our listing of seven free book writing programs for authors.


Free Apps For Bloggers

7 Free apps and tools for bloggers and content writers

Are you are a content writer or blogger? You need to work with ideas, keywords, data, headlines and images all day long.

You also need to stay one step ahead of your competition. You are continually working on improving your content, search engine optimization (SEO) and SERP rankings.

There is no way you can do all this work without having the best tools for the job at hand.

Make your life a little easier with some of these free blogging apps to help you write and rank better.

Here is a choice of seven of the best free blogging tools for busy content writers and bloggers. All of them will save you hours of work every day.


1. Semrush (Free and Premium)


Semrush is a premium pro SEO suite of tools for serious bloggers and content marketing writers.

The subscription price is often too steep for many new bloggers. But did you know that you can use Semrush for free?

To start your free level subscription, just enter a query such as a domain or a keyword in the SEMrush search bar. You will then be prompted to register for your free account.

You can then perform ten searches a day from the Domain Analytics and Keyword Analytics databases.

As a free user, you can create and manage one Project and also conduct a Site Audit for 100 crawled pages.

You can track ten keywords in the Position Tracking tool. For On-Page SEO Checker, you are given a total of 10 SEO Idea units.

You can also create one list in the Keyword Magic Tool.

All the tools you need to start writing high ranking keyword-rich SEO content articles.

If you want to get to work on improving your blog’s SEO or become a content writer, this is a great way to start on the learning curve, and all for free.


2. Hubspot Blog Ideas (Free)


Hubspot’s blog topic generator is an old favourite for many writers. Simply enter a few nouns, and it will produce a list of blog title ideas for you.

It is such a handy tool to have when you are looking for new writing ideas.


3. Portent’s Idea Generator (Free)

portentDo you need a cure for writer’s block?

I adore this free blog topic generator app.

Portent is an easy and clever way to find new writing ideas.

Even though it is an app primarily designed for bloggers to find headlines and titles, and not a genuine headline analyzer, writers can use it to discover new ideas for any piece of writing.

All you have to do is input your base word or words, and then you can select a working title for a new writing prompt.


4. ShareThough Headline Analyser (Free)


How engaging is your article headline?

This must be my absolute favourite little blog post writing app. Once you have a blog or article title idea, run it through this app to see how effective it will be in attracting readers’ attention.

You can edit as you go and the app keeps a record of your variations so you can choose the best one.

The app’s blurb says: “Like the lead paragraph in a news story or thesis in an essay, your headline is your one true sentence: the single most important asset for capturing attention in the feed.”

I agree.


5. Website Grader (Free)

website grader

Website Grader is a quick and easy app to help you improve your blog.

Checking and optimizing your blog’s performance is essential if you want to increase your site traffic.

You should make sure that your website is easy for users to discover and easy for search engines to understand. This is a quick app to check your page titles, headings, and meta descriptions.

It only takes a few seconds to run this performance check of your blog to see if you need to make any improvements.


6. Privacy Policy Generator (Free)

privacy policy

Privacy Policy Generator is a totally free app to help you write your privacy policy page for your blog. You don’t even need to register or give your email address.

It is a huge time and money saver for all bloggers.

Just add your basic information and the app will create the full text for your privacy terms.

All blogs should have a policy page about privacy to make sure that your site is GDPR compliant.


7. Canva (Free and Premium)

canva logo blueNow, this is not an article writing app so it might not really belong in a list of writing programs and author apps.

But Canva is a fantastic free tool for promoting your writing.

Canva is a free online tool for creating images.

Because using Internet images you find on Google images are very often copyright protected, it is a much better idea to create your own unique images.

You can find and use free stock images to upload to Canva that you can then design and transform into a unique image.

You can use Canva to make images for social media promotion, images for your blog posts, Facebook headers and even for quick and dirty ebook covers.

While there is a paid option, the free version offers more than enough free images, graphics, icons, shapes and backgrounds for almost any image creation project.

It’s so useful, I sometimes feel a bit guilty, because I use this free app almost every day.


Free Writing Productivity Apps

10 Free productivity apps for writers

There are so many facets to writing. It would be great if all you had to do was write.

But we all know that a writer’s life consists of lots of tasks, and distractions.

You have to be organised to be able to write. Just collecting and collating your ideas takes a lot of time in your day. Then there is your to-do list and probably a long list of pending items.

It would be great if there was an all in one help for writers app. But until it ever eventuates, here is a selection of some of the best productivity apps for writers.

Hopefully, some of them will help you stay organised and perhaps save a little time that you can invest in writing.


1. Trello (Free and Premium)


Trello must be one of the most popular free apps for writers.

There is so much you can do to organise your writing projects, notes and to-do lists. You can collaborate and assign tasks, start discussions, and so much more.

Trello is a beautiful as well as highly functional app. It is available for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, iOS and Android.


2. Evernote (Free and Premium)


Evernote is a favourite application for lots of writers. It is one of the most popular note-taking apps, but it is much more.

Never let an idea escape when you are not at your keyboard. You can organise your ideas, create checklists and to-do lists.

There is also a handy web clipper that lets you save parts of web pages to help you with your writing research.

The free version comes with more than enough storage memory to suit most writers.


3. OneLook (Free)

onelookOneLook lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept.

Your description can be anything at all: a single word, a few words, or even a whole sentence.

Type in your description and hit Enter to see all the related words.

This little writing app is a thesaurus on steroids.


4. Free Pomodoro Timer (Free)


If you are a fan of the Pomodoro technique to improve your productivity, then you will need a free Pomodoro timer.

There are many to choose from. But I like this one because it’s easy to set and to read. Nothing fancy, but effective.


5. Read-O-Meter (Free)


How long will it take to read your article?

Find out with Read-O-Meter and then you can add reading time to your blog post or article.


6. Wordcounter (Free)


Wordcounter ranks the most frequently used words in your text. You can use this browser app to see what words you are repeating too often and then make changes.

All you need to do is paste your text in the box, and this little app will go to work and list all your repetitions.


7. Quetext (Free)


Quetext is a free online plagiarism checker. Many paid apps feature checking plagiarism as a premium option.

But with this browser app, you can check your documents for free.


8. Otter V0ice Notes (Free and Premium)


Otter is a free dictation to text app for iOS and Android.

All you need to do is hit the record button, start speaking, and watch your words appear in the app. It even adds in punctuation.

There are many paid and premium dictation apps, but Otter offers a generous free option of 600 minutes a month.


9. Freemind (Free)


If you are into mind maps to develop story ideas, here is a free software download for you.

Many authors use mind map apps to help write a book by keeping their ideas connected and logical.

Freemind is open-source mind-mapping software built in Java.

It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

It has a wide variety of features, including location-based mind mapping, collaboration tools, restore sessions and more.


10. DiffChecker (Free)


Do you sometimes get into a tangle when editing different versions of a text?

What and when did you make a change? Is it nearly impossible to remember every edit you make?

Well, with DiffChecker, it is easy to compare two versions of a text and find the differences between them.

It is a free browser app, but if you want to save your revisions (Diffs), you will need to create an account to log in.

Fun Writing Apps

3 Free fun writing apps

Writers can sometimes be a serious bunch of people. But everyone needs to have a bit of fun from time to time.

To end my long list of apps for writers, here are three little apps to put a smile on your face.

Have fun, and enjoy being a writer.


1. Hipster Sound (Free)


Do you have time to go to a café to relax and write?

If you don’t, you can bring the sounds of a Texas or Paris café to you with this cute little app.

Go to Hipster Sound, click play, pop in your air pods, and you will have all the ambient sounds you need to get your creative juices flowing. As an extra bonus, your coffee is on the house!


2. FlipText (Free)


Okay, you are not going to use Fliptext often. But it is a fun, and funny little free writing tool.

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Yes, you can write upside down. Did you have to turn your screen upside down or did you twist your neck in pain trying to read it?


3. The Most Dangerous Writing App (Free)

dangerous writing app

The Most Dangerous Writing App is a fun little writing tool with a mean side to it.

You start by setting yourself a writing time of say five minutes. Then you start writing. But if you stop writing for more than five seconds, you lose everything you wrote.

However, if you get through your allotted time without stopping, your reward is that you can save your work.

Yes, that’s a seriously nasty little writing app. It is a brutal yet brilliant idea.

If you treat it like a game, it is a fun challenge and maybe a clever way to help you overcome writer’s block.


Summary of free writing apps


For writers, there are plenty of free apps, software and tools. There are also book writing program choices that work extremely well for any writing process.

You don’t need to spend a lot of money at all to get some great apps for writing.

There are so many open-source and free alternatives for a word processor, book writing, a short story writing app and spelling and grammar correction tools.

Are ready to write your book or get started as a content writer or blogger? Then the writing tools listed above will be more than enough to get you off on the right foot, and all for free.

All of them are user-friendly and are quick and easy to learn how to use.

Make your choices based on what you need and want to achieve as a writer, and what you think you will need to succeed.

Then head off to the coffee shop with your laptop, or pump up Hipster Sound at home, and start writing.

You might be wondering why my list consists of 42 items.

If you are a writer, you will know the answer. The number 42 is iconic, and it is the answer. But, you also know that no one can remember the question.



Derek Haines

Webmaster and Writer at Just Publishing Advice
A Cambridge qualified CELTA English teacher and author of 18 books with a life long passion for publishing in all its forms.
I started my working life as a lithographer and then spent over 30 years in the printing and publishing business.
Originally from Australia, I moved to Switzerland 20 years ago. My days are spent teaching English, writing and wrestling with technology while enjoying my glorious view of the Alps.
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Derek Haines

A Cambridge qualified CELTA English teacher and author of 18 books with a life long passion for publishing in all its forms. I started my working life as a lithographer and then spent over 30 years in the printing and publishing business. Originally from Australia, I moved to Switzerland 20 years ago. My days are spent teaching English, writing and wrestling with technology while enjoying my glorious view of the Alps.

16 thoughts on “42 Free Writing Apps And The Best Free Writing Software

  • November 22, 2019 at 10:56 am

    PowerWritingAid and Grammarly are not free programs. You have to pay expensive monthly subscriptions.

    StyleWriter will make you a better writer and does not get a mention in your reviews!

    • November 22, 2019 at 11:14 am

      Prowritingaid and Grammarly both offer free versions. But I will investigate Stylewriter.

  • June 17, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Very great article with many great Apps. Recently I discovered Neperos, it is very intuitive and gives you the possibility to style your article with multiple pictures.

  • March 7, 2019 at 7:57 am

    I bought Prowritingaid for the Word add-in, but found one of the most important features, the ability to customise reports, doesn’t work. Contacting the Support team led to promises of an investigation followed by nothing. A reminder led to a promise the issue would be passed to a developer who,would be in touch, then nothing. If you want it work with Word, look elsewhere or you’ll pay for a non-functional product with no support!

    • November 25, 2019 at 11:37 am

      Hi Peter, Lisa here from ProWritingAid. I’ve just been through our support inbox and can’t find any emails under the name Peter Caffrey. Do you mind re-sending to hello@prowritingaid.com? We’d like to help!


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