iPad apps designed to ease the stress of writing for a living

January 23rd, 2013

Are you a writer who uses an iPad?  If so, you’re fortunate: Software developers have created a range of apps that can help you do your work 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 serious writers. If you earn your living with the written word, these apps are must-haves.

Paper by FiftyThree

This nifty app helps writers at the start of the creative process. Paper permits you capture your ideas as anything from sketches and diagrams to notes, illustrations or drawings. It’s also possible to share your ideas online to get feedback.

iA Writer

This app, from Information Architects, doesn’t come with a lot of glitz. A text editor and creator, iA Writer doesn’t let you change fonts or colors....what?!  The goal: Eliminate distractions and focus on writing.

Google Drive

If you need to save your writing, articles or videos, try Google Drive. It provides you with 5GB worth of storage at no cost.


This note-taking app has long earned cheers from tech reviewers. But few understand 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 program to organize your ideas as task list, project-planning document or brainstorming session. You can also use the program to make meeting notes.


The people behind Evernote have also created Penultimate, a clever app that allows users to jot handwritten notes directly to their iPads. Users can take notes, draw sketches and make quick outlines with Penultimate.


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

Index Card

Know that corkboard hanging from your office wall? DenVog’s Index Card is that very same corkboard only on your iPad. You are able to stick virtual notes to this app full of story ideas, outlines and plot summaries.


Notably by Derek Lyons is one of the most potent note-taking apps for really serious writers. It also synchs using the popular online storage site Dropbox. This means that whenever you type a note or outline into Notably, your additions will automatically sync with Dropbox.

Do you think you might be likely to use any of these suggestions?  We'd love to hear about it!