The best iPad apps if you pay your bills as a writer

If you are a experienced writer who also happens to own an iPad, you’re fortunate: Software developers have created a range of apps that can help you do your job better, whether you cover real estate news for a trade magazine, blog about technology or write romance fiction. Here’s a closer look at some of the better iPad apps for really serious writers. When you earn your living with the written word, these apps are must-haves.

Paper by FiftyThree

This app is ideal for writers in the beginning stages of the creative process. By using it, it is possible to capture your ideas as sketches, diagrams, notes or drawings.

iA Writer

Easily sidetracked when writing? Check out the iA Writer app. This straightforward text editor and creator forces you to focus on your writing because it doesn’t let you tweak fonts or colors or anything else that’s not imperative to writing.

Google Drive

If you need to save your writing, posts or videos, try Google Drive. It provides you with 5GB of storage free of charge.


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


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


To prove how truly skilled they are, the people who produced Evernote have 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.


You’ll never find it difficult to read PDF files again after obtaining the GoodReader app. This app, made by Good.iWare, allows you to read almost any document on your iPad.

Index Card

DenVog’s Index Card mimics that corkboard you continue hanging in your workspace. It 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 they can then stick to their Index Card-generated corkboard.


There are lots of solid note-taking apps for your iPad. Notably, though, earns positive reviews for the way it syncs with the Dropbox cloud storage system. Any time you write down a note, save a project deadline or sketch a character’s story arc with Notably, your changes will sync with Dropbox.

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