7 Apps That Will Help Motivate You To Write More [Android]

Joel Lee 06-04-2012

android writing appWriting is tough. As a writer, I know how much of a struggle it can be. Blank pages are terrifying. New assignments even more so. Procrastination is an activity I know all too well.


Yet ironically enough, there has been plenty of material written about the difficulty that exists in writing. I guess it’s easier to write about our troubles than it is to actually face them head on. Perhaps that’s why I’ve been writing an unusual amount of MakeUseOf posts related to writing.

So here’s another perspective on the problem. If you’re like me and have trouble with writing-related motivation, then here are some great Android writing apps that can help boost your spirits with inspiration and ideas.

Catch Notes

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Back in the day, writers would carry around a pocket notebook (most often a Moleskine notebook 5 Ways To Kick Your Moleskine Notebook Up A Notch Over the years, the Moleskine notebook has become a trademark staple for anyone dabbling in creative endeavors. In fact, the Moleskine is almost as iconic as the Apple laptop, the hipster glasses, and the daily... Read More , made famous by Hemingway) to jot down ideas. After all, creativity often strikes when you least expect it, and it’s one of the most frustrating experiences in the world to lose a great idea because you had nowhere to write it down.

Keep a list of inspired ideas in Catch Notes and look over it every once in a while. You’ll find yourself re-energized and motivated to write about those ideas that you thought were long gone.


Google Docs

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As someone who uses multiple electronic devices, I sometimes found myself wanting to write but unable to write because my work was stuck on that other device back at home. With Google Docs, that problem is dealt with.

Access your documents no matter where you are. Knowing that you can work on your project no matter where you are – that’s a great privilege to have.

Habit Streak

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Some experts say that it takes 21 straight days of repeating a task before it becomes a habit. The same is true in the negative form – it takes 21 straight days of not doing a task in order to break a habit.

The application of this concept is simple. Write every day and it will become a daily habit for you. Use Habit Streak to aid you in that process. Every day, you input to the app whether or not you successfully accomplished your goal for the day. When you have successes on consecutive days, you build a chain. The chain acts as a motivating force, pushing you towards writing so that you don’t break the chain you’ve built.


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A good portion of “writer’s block” comes from the overwhelming nature of writing. Whether you’re writing a paper, an article, or a book, the project might seem too daunting. Saying that you want to “write a novel” is akin to saying that you want to “build a city.” There’s so much you have to do and it can end up bogging you down.


That’s why you should break it up into more manageable chunks. Instead of “writing a novel,” break it down into parts, and then chapters, and then scenes. Organize these chunks into tasks, and then use a to-do-list to track your progress. After all, it’s easier to write 100 words 10 separate times than it is to write 1,000 words all at once.

There are plenty of to-do-list apps available for Android, but my personal favorite is Any.DO. It looks sleek, it works fast, and it makes the process of keeping an up-to-date list easy.


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If you lurk on any of the huge forum communities out there (e.g., Reddit), then you’ve likely come across someone posting a link to TvTropes followed by the obligatory warning not to click. There’s a sort of ongoing joke that once you visit TvTropes, you’ll be stuck there for hours on end, reading through pages and pages of interesting tropes used in fiction.


But for those of you who write fiction and are creatively blocked, TvTropes can be a godsend. View a random page and meander through all of the links you can find. Engross yourself in that web of information. Inevitably, you’ll find something that will spark inspiration within you.

Use DroidTropes to easily browse through TvTropes from your Android device. I’ve used it a number of times and there’s no telling how many new ideas I’ve gained from using this app.

PomLife Lite

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The Pomodoro Technique is a productivity method that has been covered here at MakeUseOf a number of times from a bunch of different angles. If you don’t know about it, you owe it to yourself to go ahead and give it a try.

This technique works fantastically in tandem with writing goals. Yes, the Pomodoro Technique can definitely help you break through writer’s block.

PomLife Lite is one of the few free Pomodoro timer apps for Android, and it’s worth having on your device. You can apply it to many things outside of writing.

Motivational Quote For Success

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Sometimes motivational quotes are nothing more than empty words. But other times, when you’re really down and out, when you really need something uplifting and inspirational, quotes can be exactly what you need.

To be sure, this app isn’t specifically aimed at writers. It’s more about general success, perseverance, and motivation. Still, it’s very applicable for writers who are struggling to put their pen to paper.

What Android writing apps do you like to use to help motivate you to write more? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. nelida payton
    July 7, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Savvy writing - I loved the facts . Does someone know where my assistant would be able to get access to a fillable a form example to type on ?

  2. Vipul
    August 4, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Nice article joel. Btw you seem to be running miui rom.

  3. Samsudeen Hussain
    June 2, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    great list of apps. I have installed more than a couple of to do list softwares but done nothing with them. Will try using the app .

    • Joel Lee
      June 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks. If you don't mind, let us know how you like Any.DO when you've tried it out. :)

  4. vlad
    April 10, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Apps are what is needed to make your smartphone smart and unique.Im fond of app creating and find it really helpful to use site like Snappii where i can build apps in minutes.

  5. Geoffrey Allan Plauché
    April 8, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    The link for DroidTropes doesn't work and I can't find it in the Google Play store.

  6. bben
    April 7, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Good info, I'm always looking for this kind of stuff.

    Here is my own writing system. I do both technical & story writing so it can vary somewhat.
    All of my writing projects are kept on dropbox so they will be available and up to date no matter which device I use.

    One folder in each project is 'Ideas' where I dump any idea that applies directly to that project. Then I have a top level 'project Ideas' where anything that comes to mind that doesn't fit specifically in one project - or which may fit in more than one or is a possible new project is put.

    Then each project is broken down into named 'chapters' which I number as well as name. I use a 3 digit number so the first 'chapter' will typically be '000 Synopsis' the second '015 Outline', And then '010 Start of project', then the next is '020 Chapter2'. By separating each 'chapter' which may be just a fragment, by 10 I leave room for 9 new 'chapters' between each one. If the project grows too big, I can easily add a digit without too much trouble. 0010, 0020 etc.

    Then, for alternate versions of a chapter, I use a letter - so I may have a '040 Chapter4' and a '040a chapter4 alternate'

    Then from time to time I go through and consolidate or rearrange chapters or the order things happen by changing the number. This allows me to easily move a portion of a story to a different order.

    Those first 10 'chapters' are reserved for things like the cast of characters, lists of place names, timeline, references and research urls or whatever else that is needed for writing but not a part of the finished project.

    Then there is a sub folder I call 'Bit bucket' (yes I am an old programmer) where anything cut from a chapter goes instead of being deleted. Often there are entire chapters or large parts of chapters there. And other subfolders for pics or anything else that are relevant to the project.

    None of this is set in stone and each project may be slightly different with parts being added as needed.

    • Joel Lee
      April 8, 2012 at 3:01 am

      Hey bben. I'm blown away by the effort you put into that comments, so thanks for that. :) It's nice to see a comment that isn't just a drive-by one-liner.

      For writing, I use a program called Scrivener. It was originally Mac-only, but in the past year, they released a Windows version of it and it is AWESOME.

      My method of writing is very similar to yours: splitting by chapter, adding scenes here and there when necessary, rearranging when a certain order doesn't work out. However, Scrivener's built-in features allow for all of that very easily without having to mess with artificial numbering systems and what not.

      Hope you'll check it out. Scrivener even has a free trial so you can see if you'll like it before you buy it!

      • bben
        April 8, 2012 at 9:18 am

        Thanks, I'll look into it. I have tried several writers programs over the years, but haven't really been happy with any of them. I seem to spend more time working with the program than writing. And they all seem to want to add in things I don't need or force me into doing things their way.

        Also, using my roll you own system, it can work on any computer that can access the internet and just about any word processor right off the bat - no installing a special program. If there is a word processor already on the computer that can use the MS Word .doc format.

        For me, as an old FORTRAN programmer the numbering comes easy as every line in a FORTRAN program has a line number and the editor can be set to number by 5, 10, 100 or whatever and to use any number of digits such as 3, 4, 5 or even more (5 gives you a possible 99,999 lines) My first word processor was a line editor named ED (short for editor) where you had to know the line number to do an edit, and couldn't see the result until you saved and read the line. We have come a long way since then.