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Best Writing Apps for Your Mobile Device

Every successful writer has an arsenal of tools to help them with the craft. These writing apps are some of the best to aid you.

Lay Out the Foundation of Your Writing

Before you start writing, it's important to know what you're writing. These apps help you plan out your next text masterpiece.

Scrivener

You can now put the full-featured writing tool you enjoy on your computer in the palm of your hand.

Scrivener

Adjust your settings

For short story, screenplay, and manuscript writers.

If you are a writer, then you have likely heard of Scrivener from Literature & Latte. From short stories to screenplays to full-blown manuscripts, the software has been a popular tool for writers on Mac and Windows for years. Now the app comes to iOS allowing you to take your work with you. Write where you want, when you want, with the same features you enjoy on your computer.

Why we love it

Scrivener is an easy-to-use, must-have app for any writer, especially those who have been using it on their computer.

Suru - Organize | Outline | To-do

Outlining life's projects and tasks has never been easier and more appealing.

Suru - Organize | Outline | To-do

Suru - Organize | Outline | To-do

For anyone who loves to plan, mind map, or outline their next project

Suru's ability to break down lists into easy to read sub-categories, and its beautiful user friendly interface quickly becomes one of my go to apps. Do you want to create multiple folders with endless categories and subcategories? If so, this is your app. Not only can you add tasks, brainstorm new ideas, and track project progress, but you can also add notes to each item. This multi-level and customizable outline tool does it all from reminders, to sharing your work. Keep your life in order with the power of Suru.

Why we love it

If you need to get your tasks tidied up, this is a great way to do it. Its intuitive interface allows you to get in, record, and get right back to what you were doing.

Write, Edit, Rinse and Repeat

Now that you have a basic idea of what you're writing, it's time to get those words out. As you write, make sure to check what you've written and make edits when necessary. Rinse and repeat.

Bear - beautiful writing app for notes and prose

Write Beautifully with Bear from Shiny Frog

Bear - beautiful writing app for notes and prose

Beautiful design

For any writer who is looking for a gorgeous and fast app to make writing easy.

Bear - beautiful writing app for notes and prose (Free) by Shiny Frog is a gorgeous new app for writers and note-takers. If you are looking for a replacement for Evernote or Apple Notes, then Bear is definitely one that you should take a look at, though it may not be for everyone. It's perfect for everything from quick notes, to code snippets, to in-depth essays. A focus mode helps you concentrate, and advanced Markdown and other markup options are an online writer's best friend. Full in-line image support brings your writing to life, and keep yourself on task by adding todos to individual notes.

Why we love it

Bear is beautiful, easy to use with powerful features, and has incredibly seamless syncing with CloudKit. If that, as well as themes and advanced export options, are important to you, then it's worth looking into a subscription for continued updates.

Editorial

Automate the heck out of writing and editing text

Editorial

Useful shortcuts

For those who frequently make similar edits to text that can be sped up by workflows.

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.

Why we love it

For when certain tasks involved with text editing become repetitive and mundane – and these will depend on your workflow – Editorial can allow you to virtually skip over those steps to keep your work habits efficient and interesting.

1Writer - Note taking, writing app

If you need a simple but powerful and efficient text editor, this is it

1Writer - Note taking, writing app

Customize

For anyone who needs a text editor that is streamlined, powerful, and efficient.

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.

Why we love it

1Writer is a powerful text editor but it still retains a simplistic look and feel. We are impressed with the customizable aesthetics and love the functionality that it still manages to pack in the app.

More Than Just Plain Text

Sometimes plain text just won't do. These are some of the best word processor apps on the market to help you get all of the formatting right.

Google Docs

Collaborate on rich-text documents

Google Docs

Open Google Drive files in Docs

For groups wanting to work together on projects in real time.

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 online. 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 particular, you can take this functionality on the go – and even offline – with the Google Docs iOS app.

Why we love it

The collaboration abilities in Google Docs are unmatched by similar services. And since you probably already have an account, your work is already in there. Odds are you're already using the web version to manage documents and spreadsheets, so making the jump to mobile means you don't even have a tough transition to make.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word for iOS is one third of the Office suite of applications for Apple’s iOS devices

Microsoft Word

It's Word, Jim, but not as we know it

For scribblers who want to get some Windows in their iOS.

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.

Why we love it

It's Word on your iOS device, which means it's familiar to those that are already used to using that program for their documents. It also lets people transfer documents between their tablet and computer if they use a PC for work.

Pages

When you want a word processor that is just as sleek as Apple themselves

Pages

Pages

For anyone who needs a word processor that is easy and elegant to use.

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 keeps that tradition going. Over 60 starter forms are included to let you make great documents. Of course, iCloud sharing is front and center within Pages, and you can share for real-time collaboration with editors and cowriters. Pages will update your project as you both work to perfect it.

Why we love it

Apple's Pages has evolved quite a bit. It is now a beautiful and comprehensive solution for word processing on-the-go on your iOS device, and it gives users plenty of great options for when they need to write a novel, book, article, or anything else they want to get down on paper.

Hot Off the Presses

Now that you've written your work, it's time to share it with the world. These apps help you get your writing published instantly on the internet.

Tumblr

Make your voice heard on a popular social blogging network

Tumblr

Tumblr

For those who want to publish their thoughts but also engage with other content.

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.

Why we love it

Tumblr is simple and super easy to use. You can post your own written content, images, media, links, and much more. The possibilities are endless with Tumblr.

Medium

Voice your opinion and let others know what you think, too

Medium

Medium

For anyone who wants to publish their own content on a serious platform and react to others.

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.

Why we love it

Most of us already have a Twitter account, so Medium is an easily accessible blogging platform. It's super easy to read and write content wherever you are.

WordPress

A classic blogging platform for your words

WordPress

WordPress

For anyone looking for a traditional blogging platform to publish their own content.

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.

Why we love it

WordPress is a staple that is used among many independent publishers and even companies. It's easily accessible and makes it easy to peruse content and publish your own stuff.

Time to Self-Reflect

Now that you've written your opinions and emotions and published it for the world to read, it's time to sit down and reflect on your personal experiences.

Day One Journal

One of the most robust journaling experiences out there

Day One Journal

Easy entry creation

For those who want to capture their lives as they live them

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. The Map view lets you see all of the places you've gone to, and the Photos section is a great way to see all of your photographic memories in one place. The app also uses Day One Sync for fast and reliable syncing across multiple devices. If you are looking for a journaling app that can handle what life throws at you, then consider Day One 2.

Why we love it

It's beautiful and robust, one of the best experiences for journaling on iOS that you can get.

Momento — Private Daily Journal/Diary

Momento takes the legwork out of journal keeping

Momento — Private Daily Journal/Diary

Everything in your timeline

For those who like to remember all memories, including social media.

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. However, while Momento has many more features that can be useful for people, be warned that the initial load for your connected feed data can take a while and the scrolling is not as smooth. Still, Momento is an app to consider for those who want to make sure to capture every little detail of their lives.

Why we love it

Social media is a big part of our lives and it is important to include that in our journaling experience as well. Plus the support for videos is nice to have too.

Daily Tracker+ Journal, Day Planner & Diary

Daily Tracker+ can track absolutely anything

Daily Tracker+ Journal, Day Planner & Diary

Daily Tracker+ Journal, Day Planner & Diary

For anyone who would like to have an all inclusive app that tracks everything

If you want to consolidate your journal app, day planner and tracker to one, you've found the perfect app. Daily Tracker + lets you take notes, make all types of lists, log journal entries and so much more. It can track almost anything; from your workouts to expenses to blood glucose. It literally does it all. While it has the basic functions of your every day journal or tracker, it gives you the option to customize each category the way you want. If the long list of built in templates aren't enough, you can quickly create your own. This app takes customization seriously. The best part is you never have to worry about losing the data and categories you create. Daily Tracker + makes it quick and easy to set up automatic sync to your favorite server.

Why we love it

Customization. Customization. Customization. There aren't too many journal apps out there that allows you to customize an app as much as this one does. Its a powerful app that allows you to track so many different aspects of your life in a clean and well organized manner.