We all know that writing comes with its own set of challenges. Whether you’re a professional full-time author or just writing for pleasure, we want to make your life a little easier. Our team has done some digging on the top apps that every writer should try. Here’s the list to make your literary endeavors simpler. Drumroll please..
Hugely popular upon its release in August, Tom Hanks’ Hanx Writer app pays homage to that pivotal piece of writing technology… the typewriter. Hanks, who is an avid typewriter collector, decided to translate his love of the mechanical device into a digital world. This app replicates the noises of a traditional typewriter, including the unmistakable chime at the end of a line. While you may not want to write your next 500 page novel on it, you can definitely have some fun here. It’s a great app for anyone looking for the experience of a manual typewriter with the ease and speed of an iPad
Available on iPad
The Pocket app allows users to save content from all over the web in a convenient and accessible reader format. Save articles, videos, pictures, etc. in Pocket and you will immediately have access to it across any and all of your devices. This is a great app for the research phase of the writing process, when you are still gathering and organizing ideas
Available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Kobo and various web browsers
Byword 2 bills itself as, “Simple and efficient text editing for Mac, iPhone and iPad.”
With support for rich text and Markdown, Byword 2 offers unparalleled simplicity. You can sync all of your documents on all of your devices, along with iCloud and Dropbox. It also includes complete Markdown support, allows you to preview your documents in the app, export to HTML, PDF, rich text or publish directly to a plethora of web platforms
Available on iPhone, iPad and Mac
Does the constant flipping back and forth between browsers and screens drive you nuts? As screens become smaller, space becomes more of a premium. PaperHelper allows you do keep your research and writing all within view by splitting your writing and your research into either side of your screen
Available on iPad.
We’ve talked before about the importance of using the cloud in your writing, and we called out Evernote in particular. Whether you’re using it for writing, note-taking, or research, Evernote is great at pulling everything together. You can save websites for quick reference, snap photos, and even chat with someone if you’re collaborating.
Best of all, Evernote syncs between every device it’s installed on. So type on your phone while you’re on the go and take a quick picture, and it’ll be at you laptop when you get back home. When you don’t have to worry about where you’re writing, it makes it a lot easier to actually get to writing!
Available on Android, iOS, and desktop.
Sometimes getting things done isn’t the problem – it’s keeping track of everything that gives you a headache! A little management can go a long way in keeping tasks straight. Trello is a project management system, but it works just as well for writers.
At its most basic, Trello works like this: you have boards for big projects, lists for groups or related tasks, and cards for individual tasks. This will let you break up your writing process however you wish: by chapter, by theme, by characters, and so on. Once you get organized and don’t have to worry about figuring out where you left off, you can get past the planning and onto the writing.
Available on Android, iOS, and browsers.
You have an issue: you have trouble working when things are too quiet, but turning on music or the television distracts you. What you really need is the perfect amount of background noise to keep you grounded. After all, studies have shown that ambient noise can spur creativity. Try Coffitivity as an easy way to keep those creative juices flowing.
Coffitivity lets you use the mild hustle and bustle of a coffee shop to keep you on track. Choose from ‘Morning Murmur,’ ‘Lunchtime Lounge,’ or ‘University Undertones’ and start listening. It’s that easy! Give it a try and see if it helps you get over that bout of writer’s block.
Available on Android, iOS, and web browsers.
Ever wish you could automate the little things in your life? IF, the app from IFTTT (If This Then That), lets you connect the other apps in your life to try to make things a little easier.
The way it works is all in the name: “if something happens, then do something else.” You define the “something.” For example, if you favorite a tweet, then save it to Evernote. Or if you miss a call, then respond with an automated text. There are tons of supported apps and devices, from Facebook to Fitbit, and crossing even a few things off of your to-do list with automation will save you a lot of time in the end.
Available on Android and iOS.
Meg Crawford writes for the Lulu Blog – Archived