The best iOS apps for writers


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  1. OmniOutliner 2 

OmniOutliner 2 is a powerful all-in-one solution for anyone who needs to get an outline done. It starts out simple enough, allowing users to just add in lines of text for whatever they need. But the magic lies in how easy it is for users to rearrange and compose collected text and use deep hierarchy levels to organize their thoughts and words into something that is much more structured. OmniOutliner 2 also supports files and attachments, columns, and much more so that no stone is left unturned as you plan out your work. Plus, with the option of customizing themes to better suit your style and workflow, the possibilities are endless. OmniOutliner 2 is a top choice for outlining apps, and it’s not hard to see why.

2. Story Planner for Writers – Outline Your Novels and Screenplays

Story Planner for Writers is a complete all-in-one solution for anyone who is planning on working on their next novel or screenplay. With Story Planner, you can lay out your characters, settings, chapters and acts, scenes, and more. It’s the ultimate app for planning out your story before writing it. You can also rearrange everything through drag-and-drop gestures, so it’s super easy to use. Plus, after you’re done hashing out the details and structure, you can export your work as plain text, Final Draft, Scrivener, or just as a PDF. Plus, Story Planner gives you complete story stats so you can see if you’re balanced or not in terms of characters and settings and scenes. It’s a must have for any aspiring novelist or screenwriter.

3. Mindo

Sometimes a regular outline just isn’t enough. That’s when mind maps come in handy. Mindo is a powerful alternative to consider if you have a lot of thoughts, ideas, and information that you want to gather up in a single place and organize in a way that makes sense to you. As a writer, Mindo makes it easy to just throw out your ideas and flush them out even further, such as characters and personalities or settings and scenes. Or you can just use Mindo to organize notes or ideas in general. Either way, Mindo is a powerful tool that any writer should consider having in their toolkit.

4. ThinkBook – Todos, Notes, Projects, Outlines

ThinkBook is more than just an outliner. You can launch this app up simply to take notes in the notebook area of the app. We found organizing documents to be easier in this app than in OmniOutliner. The interface is very nice, but not quite as good as the OmniOutliner app. The price is what truly makes it a winner. At $1.99 it is a tenth of the price of OmniOutliner. You get some great functionality in a beautiful app.

5. Ulysses Mobile

Ulysses Mobile is a mobile port of the popular Mac writing client. Ulysses provides users with a complete library to store their writings in, and you can easily access your files on-the-go. The app provides writers with a distraction-free writing environment and there are even different colored themes and fonts that you can choose from to fit your writing style and needs. While you write, there is a keyboard extension that provides you with shortcuts for changing formatting, adding special characters, searching keywords, undoing, and moving the cursor left and right. No matter what kind of writing you do, Ulysses Mobile is flexible and will work with you, not against you. Plus all of your files are stored and synced effortlessly through iCloud.

6. iA Writer

The developers of iA turned heads with the release of iA Writer Pro. This app is another desktop-grade text editor that looks to stand apart from the crowd based on features, workflow, and price. Its big standout feature is the innovative Syntax Control. This scans the syntax of your text. Then it will highlights parts of speech such as: adjectives, nouns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions or conjunctions. iA Writer sets up your writing into three categories: take notes and brainstorm, write, then edit. This structure works for many, but it can be a bit constricting if you don’t usually work this way. Finally, iA has priced this app at almost $20. It relies on iCloud for all file storage. The feature set may work for many at that price, but the lack of Dropbox support (unlike the classic iA Writer) can be a deal-breaker for many.

7. Drafts 4 – Quickly Capture Notes, Share Anywhere!

Drafts 4 is a great little app for those moments when you need to jot down a quick note or want to start on a draft for a longer piece. Drafts launches quickly and is ready to capture your text the moment it launches, and there is a keyboard extension that packs in a lot of Markdown shortcuts and features to make it easy to write. Once your text is in Drafts, you can then take further action with it by sending it off to another app for editing, or you can share it with others, or even just use it for rapidly saving event information for your calendar — the possibilities are endless with Drafts. Plus, you can customize the appearance of Drafts to how you like it, and there are a ton of settings that can be changed to make the app yours. It’s a great way to get notes down quickly or just start writing when the right moment hits you. All of your notes are saved through iCloud as well, so you can access them even if you

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8. 1Writer – Note taking, writing app

With 1Writer, users are greeted with a simple and clean interface that looks streamlined and easy-to-use. Users can pull in text files from their iCloud account or even just link specific Dropbox folders for full access to their existing files. When you write, 1Writer will do live-previews for Markdown formatting, including inserting images. There is a full keyboard extension that has useful shortcuts for Markdown formatting and other things like special characters. 1Writer even has a built-in web browser so you can do research without having to leave the app, which is even better on the iPad. Once you’re done writing, there are many export options available to you if needed, so you can make sure that what you worked on gets published or seen properly. And on top of that, 1Writer allows full customization of the theme and fonts, so you can tweak it to your liking.

9. Byword

Byword is a classic Markdown-capable text editor on the App Store. The app features a sleek interface design that is simple and clean, with minimalistic settings to change so you can focus on your writing. There is a keyboard extension that has nice shortcuts to Markdown formatting and special characters, and a day or night theme for easier concentration. And while you can access your Dropbox files from Byword, the app allows you to take documents offline so that they can be accessed anytime and synced later. And if you opt for the Premium feature, you can publish directly to various blogging platforms (like Medium, WordPress, Tumblr, and more) directly from Byword. If you are a web writer, then Byword is definitely an app you don’t want to miss.

10. Editorial

If you write and edit text on a regular basis, some tasks can seem repetitive. Insert a link here in this format, or pull information from a specific place and insert it. Copy all your text and open a particular app. For tasks like these and more, workflows in Editorial can make the process much faster and more enjoyable. Much like Automator workflows on the Mac, workflows in Editorial can be made using the graphical editor where users input steps, along with “If” statements and “Repeat” loops. From there, you can activate workflows in the menu or toolbar. If this is too complicated, you can also find other workflows online shared by other users. Advanced users can make more complicated workflows that work outside of the confines of the graphical editor based on Python scripts.

11. Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is a staple for any office environment and is just one-third of the complete Office suite of applications from Microsoft that are available on iOS. Word on iOS is a powerful application that lets users view and read documents in a rich, revamped interface. However, if you want to create or edit documents, you will need an Office 365 subscription. You can try it free during the 30-day trial, however, so you can see if it’s a good fit for your mobile office.

12. Google Docs

When constructing a document for any reason – especially school projects – doing so with a group of people can often be a hassle. Thankfully, Google Docs and other web apps within the Google Drive suite can take some of the pain out of hearing the words “group essay.” For those who have used desktop word processors such as Microsoft Word, Google Docs’ interface will be familiar as you use it to create and edit documents. However, the real magic comes in when you share your documents with other Google users and can watch them edit with you in real time. See who’s typing and where, suggest edits, and view extensive revision history so you can know exactly who to blame for removing an entire paragraph. On iOS in

13. Pages

Pages for iOS is undoubtedly one of the best iPad word processor applications available. Desktop-grade tools are at your fingertips for text manipulation and changing styles of text with just a few taps. Templates have always been Apple’s specialty and Pages does not disappoint. Over sixty templates come with the app to let you make great documents. Of course iCloud sharing is front and center within Pages and you can share the document for realtime collaboration with another person. Just like in other editing suites, Pages will update your project as you both work to perfect it.

14. Tumblr

Tumblr is a popular blogging platform but it’s easy to see why. It’s super simple to publish your own content, whether that is a post you’ve written, a powerful quote, an image or video, interesting link — anything can be shared on Tumblr. Many people use Tumblr as their blogging platform and can publish short or lengthy posts, where it can be “reblogged” among other Tumblr users, gaining exposure and traction among a large community. Even though some may see Tumblr as a platform for teens, it’s still a great way to push your own original written content so that other eyes can see.

15. Medium

Medium is a blogging platform that is tightly integrated with Twitter. With Medium, users are able to read blog posts that have been written by others and react to what they read. Recent updates have made it possible for you to write your own Medium posts directly within the app, and it has the option of saving drafts to the server when you just can’t quite finish it right then and there. Publish directly through the Medium app and make your voice be heard.

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16. WordPress

WordPress is a staple among many bloggers and writers. With the WordPress app, you can get a free account or even set up your own custom WordPress domain. Once you have that, just log in with your credentials in the WordPress app and you’ll have full access to your blog, including published posts and drafts. You can publish content directly with the app, and even browse the published posts from other members of the community if you are bored or want some inspiration. It’s a classic platform that many associate with “blogging” already, so it’s worth a try.

17. Squarespace Blog

Squarespace Blog is a sleek and simple app that is super easy to use and provides users with one of the best experiences around. If you are a Squarespace user, just log in to your account and access your dashboard of published posts, drafts, and check comments. When you’re ready to have your voice heard, just write out your post, include any necessary bits of media, and then publish — easy peasy! Squarespace provides users with an amazing platform to publish on as well as fantastic customer support. If you want a blogging platform that actually cares about you and your needs, then Squarespace is the way to go.

18. Day One 2 Diary + Journal + Notes

Day One 2 is a beautiful and robust journaling application that lets users capture their lives on-the-go as they live them. The interface is simple and intuitive, so navigating around is a breeze. Entries can be basic text or you can have up to 10 images, and the app is smart enough to detect the date and time as well as geolocation data from your images if it is available, so you don’t have to manually change any of that data when creating the entry. Organize everything with tags, see your own activity (walking, stationary, driving, etc.) at the time of the memory, and have multiple journals for everything that may come up. There is also a Day One IFTTT (If This Then That) channel so you can link up your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Swarm feeds (and more) to Day One so everything is captured through automation.

19. My Wonderful Days : Daily Journal/Diary

My Wonderful Days is a simple and somewhat skeuomorphic take on the journaling app. It has a basic interface that is pretty straightforward to use, where you just create a new entry, type in whatever you want, add some photos or video, record your current mood, add some icon flair, and save your memory. There is iCloud sync and PDF export so your memories go with you no matter what. However, it’s not the most intuitive app around and it lives in the golden days of skeuomorphism, but this should appeal to anyone who wants a pretty barebones app. The Lite version gives you the ability to add 10 entries a month — upgrade to the full version for a few dollars and you can export your data into it without worries.

20. Momento — Private Diary / Daily Journal

Momento is another popular journaling app that is capable of a bit more than some of the competition. While it has the basics like new text and photo entry creation with the ability to add tags and places, automatically get date and time and geolocation data from photos for the entry date, it can do more. A big difference between Momento and Day One is the fact that Momento even has support for videos, which can be a big deal to many people — videos are a much more powerful form of media that helps you relive memories, after all. There is also automatic support for social media feeds built-in to Momento, rather than going through a third-party service like IFTTT. Plus there is iCloud syncing so you don’t have to worry about a third-party syncing service, where your data is stored on someone’s server.

21. Flava™ – Note/Journal

Flava is more of a digital scrapbook than your typical journal or diary app. Users just need to create a free account to keep their data in sync across multiple devices, and then the magic begins. Create media-rich entries with photos, video, what you’re watching or listening to, links, and visual tags to keep everything organized. Choose how entries appear in the main timeline, which can lead to a fun and unique look when you go back and revisit memories. Flava is scrapbooking made easy.

22. Five Minute Journal

Five Minute Journal is a simple app with one goal in mind: improve your life just five minutes at a time, twice a day. Together, that is just 10 minutes a day. That is 10 minutes to write out what you’re grateful for, what you’re happy about, how you want the day to go, and then reflect back on the day’s events and how it could have been better. Take photos and add them to your entry to complete the reflection. This is a great way to get someone who doesn’t normally journal to just sit down and write and reflect, because it’s a healthy habit to do.

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So there you have it. The best iOS apps for writers.

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Alma Rodrigo is a tech savvy girl from the Philippines who loves to write anything about technology. She has a bachelors degree in IT and works as a web developer and virtual assistant online. She loves GoT, The walking dead and Sherlock. She also has the passion for cooking.