These iPad apps are must-haves if you’re a professional writer

Are you a expert writer, one who pays the mortgage month after month because of stories you turn in to newspapers, magazines and Web sites? Maybe you are a fiction writer who’s published in journals, literary magazines and consumer publications across the globe. If that’s the case, you are a serious writer. If you also own an iPad, we’ve got some good news for you: There are many amazing apps out there designed for iPad owners who are also freelance writers. Here is a look at several of the best.

Paper by FiftyThree

Just getting started with your novel, short story or non-fiction piece? Consider Paper. This unique app lets you make note of your ideas as everything from sketches and illustrations to notes, drawings or diagrams.

iA Writer

Information Architects’ iA Writer forces writers to concentrate on one thing, writing. That is because iA Writer purposely doesn’t allow users to mess with fonts, colors or other distractions. Using this program, you can do one thing: create and edit plain text files on your iPad.

Google Drive

We all know that writers usually aren’t rich. That’s where Google Drive comes in. This app will provide you with 5GB of storage for free. It’s a good spot to store your writing projects.


This note-taking app has long earned kudos from tech reviewers. But few realize how useful it is to professional writers. With Evernote, you are able to jot down notes, capture photos, compose to-do lists and record voice reminders.


Few organization programs are as useful to writers as is iThoughtsHD. You can use this app to organize your thoughts as task list, project-planning document or brainstorming session. You can also use the program to create meeting notes.


To prove how truly talented they are, the people who created Evernote have also released Penultimate, an app that permits you to handwrite notes straight to your iPad. It’s another good way for writers to tidy up their thoughts and brainstorm ideas.


Good.iWare’s GoodReader is the most powerful PDF reader for the iPad. With GoodReader, you can read just about any document imaginable with your iPad. This is true for everything from books, movies and maps to pictures and PDF files.

Index Card

DenVog’s Index Card mimics that corkboard you keep hanging in your office. It also makes it simple to arrange and list your most important ideas. Writers can jot down ideas, plot outlines, assignment deadlines and all other information on virtual post-it notes that they can then stick to their Index Card-generated corkboard.


Notably is a powerful note-taking app for the iPad. But what truly sets it apart is the way it functions with well known app Dropbox. Every time you add a note, plot summary or assignment deadline to Notably, your changes will automatically sync with Dropbox.

Posted on: 01.23.13