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The 5 Best Apps for Writers

Whether you’re a working writer or just working on your own novel for fun, you know that writing can be a lot of work. It’s not easy to craft a compelling story (or blog post, poem, or so on) on the page. Luckily, there’s plenty of amazing resources out there that can help you unlock your creativity and decimate writer’s block. From apps that can help you research your book to helping you track your submissions to agents and publishers, here’s some of our favorite writing related apps spying on cell phone  of all time that can make your writing career so much easier.


The golden standard of note taking apps, Evernote is ideal for the tech savvy writer. Evernote allows you to take notes and sync them among multiple devices. You can add collaborators (especially useful if you have a cowriter working with you), add photos and videos to your notes, and create multiple notebooks that you can organize for different writing projects. It’s handy, no matter how many ideas you have. The app is free, although you can pay for inexpensive monthly subscriptions in order to access more features. Definitely worth checking out if you’re someone who’s doing the bulk of your research on your phone.

Available for: Android, iOS

Microsoft Word

You can write your book on your smartphone too. Microsoft’s own popular Word program is an industry standard and now it’s received its own official mobile version. While you will need an Office 365 subscription to continue using the app, it’s otherwise fairly inexpensive and allows you to write a story from almost anywhere. You can even save your story through OneDrive in order to access it from any device and backup your hard work. All the usual formatting tools are there, allowing you to create a sleek manuscript on the fly.

Available for: Android, iOS

Story Tracker

If you’re trying to publish a story, it’s important to make sure you’re tracking which agents, magazines, and/or publishers you’re submitting your queries and short stories to. Story Tracker does all of that, allowing you to input who you’ve submitted a story too. That way, you can keep all of your submissions straight without having to worry about where each story’s going. It is a little pricey- it’s about $8.99 but it’s a powerful tool that has a lot of features worth shouting about.

Available for: iOS

WordWeb Dictionary

Every writer needs a reliable dictionary. Versus many similar apps, WordWeb wins out by being one of the few free dictionary apps out there. WordWeb is easy to use and offers access to thousands of definitions. You can also hear pronunciations of words almost instantly and view usage examples. Best of all, it’s offline, making it perfect for when you’re trying to stay off the Internet in order to stay on track. Definitely worth checking out if you’re in need of a quick, easy and straightforward little dictionary app.

Available for: Android, iOS

A Novel Idea

This handy app is perfect for writers who need a solid platform to both write and organize their story ideas. The app, which offers a free version, is a versatile platform that allows writers to create character pages, organize scenes, and keep their plots straight. It’s easy to use and the simple layout makes it a no brainer for someone who has a complex story they’re trying to tap out. Even better, you can actually write your story in the app and easily format it with the touch of a button, although you may want to upgrade to the full version of the app if this a feature you’re considering.