How to Make Writing Fun: 5 Apps for Writers

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    Feeling exhausted?



    Congratulations, you just might be a writer.

    From a spectator’s point of view, writing seems easy. All you have to do is sit down and let the words flow out of your minds and onto the page.

    The reality is rather different, and you are certainly familiar with what we are talking about.

    Staring at a blank page for hours, going through dozens of different drafts, each one more frustrating than the last, the approaching deadlines, and disgruntled clients, among other things.

    Writing can be arduous, but even the most difficult periods and dry spells can be made more productive and less exhausting by introducing some elements of gaming into the process.

    Fortunately, you don’t even have to think of any yourself, because there are plenty of apps and tools already designed for that very purpose.

    5 super-useful apps for writers that will make writing a lot more fun

    1. Ilys

    Sometimes the worst source of distraction can be your text editor, with all those unnecessary options and buttons. Instead, try using Ilys.

    What makes Ilys unique is that you won’t be able to see the full text on your screen, nor you will be able to make any changes or edits to your work until you’ve matched the desired word count. In the process, you will only be able to see that last letter you have typed, and that’s the only thing that will be visible on your screen.

    By focusing on writing, and nothing else, you will be able to get more work done in a way that is a bit more fun that your usual writing process.
    m quite boring, to be honest.

    What makes Goalscape so unique is its eye-catching and clever interface.

    All of your goals are presented in the shape of a large, concentric pie chart that allows you to enter your goals, set their size based on importance, and track your goals by dragging a slider in order to indicate their completeness.

    While this app is designed to help you focus on the bigger picture, you can use it focus on your writing goals instead.

    3. Beeminder

    If keeping track of your goals and meeting them is still not stimulating enough for you, you should try Beeminder.

    What it does is all allow you to create a goal, keep track of your progress, and if you happen to fall behind, the app will simply take your money. But don’t worry, because it’s not a scam.

    The money that gets taken from your credit card is used to keep the service up and running for you, as well as others. We don’t know about you, but this definitely got us in the mood to write and not lose out cash in the process.

    4. Habitica

    Habitica is probably the most fun app on this list.

    It introduces a clever twist by treating your personal and professional goals as an RPG game. But, instead of boosting your character’s health, strength, or skills, you are tasked with developing good habits, which are represented as monsters that you need to defeat in order to progress further in the game.

    In its essence, it is a to-do list application, which allows you to create three main lists: Habits , Dailies, and To-Dos.

    Habits are focused toward getting you to develop useful habits and make use of them from time to time.

    Dailies contain all of the things you should be doing on a daily basis, and To-Dos list serves as reminder that the deadline for a particular goal is getting closer.

    5. Write or Die

    Write or Die is one of the most unforgiving writing apps you will find because it will start deleting your work if you are not able to match the writing pace you have set yourself inside the app.

    On top of that, you can choose one of its three already famous modes: Reward, Consequence, and Stimulus.

    Inside the Reward mode, you will be rewarded, obviously, for all your hard work, whether it’s with pictures of cute puppies or pleasant sounds of bells.

    The app’s Consequence mode is the polar opposite of the Reward mode, because if you dare to slip up, you will be punished with such awful things like ugly spiders, or loud alarm noises.

    And finally, there is the Stimuli mode, which is more geared toward helping you concentrate and remain more productive by changing the audio-visual aspect of the app to make it more stimulating.

    While this may seem counterproductive, especially regarding the mode where your work gets deleted if you are not writing fast enough, the idea is just to get you to write anything and get your writing juices flowing.


    Struggling to move past a blank page can be extremely frustrating, and we don’t help by putting unnecessary pressure on ourselves and striving to be perfect every single time, either.

    That is probably the single most important benefit of these writing resources: they help you take your mind off all the obstacles that prevent you from writing.

    You are only left with your writing skills and nothing else, and that’s certainly something you have confidence in.

    After that, all the other pieces will fall into place.

    Good luck!

    About the Author

    Joan Selby is a content marketer at which provides online assistance to students and supports them. Former CalArts graduate and a fancy shoe lover. A writer by day and reader by night. Giving creative touch to everything. Find her on Twitter and Facebook

    About the author

      Joan Selby

      Joan Selby is a content marketer at SuperiorPapers, former teacher and fancy shoelover. A writer by day and reader by night. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

    • Thanks a lot.. ☺ This is really very helpful!

    • Only a writer can understand another writer. Every single time, when I have too much work, I’m super tired after and want to do nothing. On the one hand, I’m haply to be a part of beforewriting , on the other hand, that takes lots of time, efforts and makes super tired.

    • nice article about the tool usage which provides fun while writing.

    • Yasar Khan says:

      Thank you so much for the suggestions.
      I have not used any of them but now using Write OR DIE which is the best ever app.

      Thanks again.

    • Krystal says:

      I fully agree with author. There’re cases in which writing is very boring and time-consuming work. For such difficult situation I have magic wand called They will help you even in the most difficult situations and will be able to find the best solution! When you need to look from the outside, it’s better to seek help from experts in their field

    • Hi Joan,

      Thanks for sharing this very informative post. Being a newbie to the blogging world I am sure these apps. will help me. I am going to certainly check them out.

      Thanks again!
      Gaurav Jain

    • Tayde Rodríguez Gabarrón says:


    • nancy says:

      I have recently gone through your post regarding the apps for writers. It is really perfectly written and, contained high quality, practical advice with valid facts and figures.

    • Shariq Augest says:

      I’ve bookmark this post.. Thanks for sharing this……

    • craig lerr says:

      Are these available on playstore right now?
      or any other site? or apk link?

    • Steve says:

      Sounds like a complete waste of my writing time.

    • Hi Joan,
      I must say it was really much useful and informative post.
      The main difference between a blogger and creative writer is that blogger has to complete its work before the deadline whereas the writer has no such restrictions.
      I have faced many problems during the period of writing content and with the help of tools I can easily that task in much quicker time.
      Surely there are some tools which help a writer in saving a lot of their time & effort and also minimizing the errors.
      Beeminder is really funny app which will surely improve the performance of writer, because nobody will try to lose the cash.
      Thanks for this amazing list of tools.
      With regards,

    • Jennifer Gellar says:

      Unfortunately non of these apps are on Google play except Beeminder!

    • Thanks, some of this apps already in use by me such as goalscape and write or die, must take a look at other apps

    • I recently had the good fortune of reading your post regarding apps for writers. It was perfectly written and, contained sound, practical advice with valid facts and figures. I am look forward to read your next informative write up.
      I work for Baymediasoft – a WordPress Development company.
      Thank you.

    • I had to laugh at some of the “punishments” you get with these apps!

      Oh, my!

      While this might make writing fun for some, I don’t think any of these apps are for me! LOL

    • Mohit Cody says:

      Nice Post…
      🙂 😀 best for Journalism!!

    • Anh Nguyen says:


      At first I wasn’t interested in “tools” to make writing more fun but when I checked out your list, I was surprised by how many great apps there are to improve your writing and life experience, not just to distract you from it.

      I am in love with the ideas behind Ilys, Goalscape and Habitica. I will definitively give them all a try.

      Thanks a bunch for sharing!


    • Nicolas says:

      How about some information that can help us format our work and tips for a good spell checker.
      Also a reliable scanner applicatio,. These three apps would be very helpful. The spell checker would help in rewriting and proof reading.
      And a reliable scanner would help for getting the
      Work scanned and ready for export.

      • Hi Nicolas, I think Grammarly is a great app to use for spell checking. I use the free version which comes as a Chrome extension. There is also the premium version but that’s quite pricey at $29 per month.

        As to scanning apps, there’s a fantastic one for iPhones: Scannable (by Evernote). It’s free.

        Maybe someone else can make some suggestions as well?

    • Mike says:

      Hello Everyone,

      I wonder how the use of these “apps” compares with other techniques like journaling or reading widely to spark creativity? Have a great weekend.



      • Hi Mike, Your question is important. I’m not so sure that these apps drive creativity; I think they’re better suited to boosting productivity.

        Actually, there is some research that says that an aroused state boosts creativity. This could be emotional arousal, like passion or anger. Physical arousal in terms of exercise does the same.

        That’s why I like writing directly after a short run 🙂

    • I have never heard of any of these, but they sound wonderful. I write about productivity, and I’m always looking for ways to save time. Either than the one that takes your money if you don’t fill your goals, are they free?

      • Hey Janice, welcome back to WTD! Yes, the apps are either free or have free options.
        I’ve decided to try Beeminder. I’ll report back here.

    • I just got an email from a reader, saying:
      “The 5 apps are not going to work for me, instead they are annoying..”

      It looks like writers work best with simple tools…

    • Rohini says:

      Sounds too scary for me. I’d rather be my own monitor and use Grammarly with caution.

      • I must say, the one that eats your money sounds like one hell of a scary app. As to Grammarly – I couldn’t live without it, Rohini 🙂

    • Nicolas says:

      Sorry, but no thanks i don’t want my work deletted nor invisible. I don’t want annoying alarms that’s not concentration that will get you frustrated.
      Any way the 5 apps dont seem like. They will help me fill the pages.. Bad idea…….

      • Thanks for coming through on the comments and letting us know how you feel about these writing apps. All comments are important to us!

    • These apps will certainly make my adrenaline rush. Habitica seems very challenging.

      • I suppose the question is whether adrenaline helps productivity. I guess it does, but I’d rather get my adrenaline rush from a run and not from a scary app.

    • Most sound like gimmicks. I prefer a tool that simply works well and for writing that’s Scrivener. And I’m discovering that the just-out Scrivener for iOS works marvelous on my iPad.

      If you don’t need to play tricks on yourself to write, get Scriverner.

      • I’m a total fan of Scrivener! I wasn’t aware that you can use it on an iPad, Michael. Do you use a keyboard attached to the iPad for writing?

      • Irene Fenswick says:

        I absolutely agree about the Scrivener. This app for sure is very simple and usable. And it is so easy to get used to writing with Scrivener as it is so convenient! However, nothing lasts forever, and it is very likely that in the future Scrivener lovers (including me) will have to switch to different more usable apps. Maybe, it will be one of the apps listed above, who knows:)

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