Must-Have iPhone Apps for Authors & Writers

By Scott Lorenz Westwind Book Marketing, Special for USDR

As a modern day writer, you’ve learned when and where you write best. Rarely, I’m sure, does inspiration strike when you’re seated at your desk in front of your computer at 9:00am. More likely, you’re inspired while you’re out and about. In order to efficiently capture and save every new idea, detail, story line, etc., you need to download some new apps to your iPhone. The list below will help you research, brainstorm, write, and even publish your work whether you’re at home, at the office, or in the middle of daily errands. Check em out.

Wikipanion brings the Wikipedia website to your phone’s catalogue of apps. It is useful for quick research on the go.

Evernote syncs to your desktop computer or tablet. That way, if you’re making additions or edits to your work on your cell phone, you’ll be able to work from your most recent version and you won’t lose any new ideas.

The Google Mobile app allows you to access Google (obviously) and you can use voice commands or search by images.

The Voice Memos app comes pre-loaded on all iPhones. This is a fantastic tool for writers because sometimes, it’s just easier to say your latest and greatest idea and have it recorded.

Dragon Dictation transcribes whatever you say, instantly.

Your phone’s camera is an excellent resource. You can snap images or video and use them as inspiration when developing location, characters, or situations.

Feeling stumped for a topic? Download the Idea Generator app. It will generate three words for you, which will hopefully spark some sort of creative idea, enabling you to get back to what you do best – writing!

Creative Whack Pack delivers 84 interactive creative strategies to stimulate your brain and get you thinking creatively!

Mindjet is perfect for writers who are very visual when they’re developing their work. It allows you to create visual maps as you outline articles, characters, plot, and themes. has created the app Writing Prompt, which generates over 600 writing prompts and you can save your favorites.

My Writing Spot is exactly that, a spot on your phone for you to write. On the app, you can easily access a dictionary or thesaurus and it will autosave all of your progress

Office2 is ideal if you prefer to write in a word document. The app allows you to edit your Microsoft Word and Excel documents and is also compatible with Google Docs and MobileMe, so you’ll be able to access everything from your phone.

Writer’s Studio allows you to write, edit, and format an entire book on your phone. You can add images, graphics, and audio.

WordCount is a very straight forward app. It counts your words and lets you know how long your piece is.

Dropbox is a life saver. It backs up all of your files in real time, and saves 30 days worth of various versions. You’ll never have to worry about whether or not you saved your latest and greatest piece because Dropbox will have already saved it before you could even worry about it.

Byword is designed to make writing more enjoyable by giving you all the tools you need to write effectively and has keyboard shortcuts and word counters with live updates. The app allows you to sync your work, export it, and publish to the web platform of your choice.

Contour is the award-winning story development system that streamlines the process of turning your movie ideas from first glimmer to full outline

A Novel Idea is the premier tool for plotting your story and recording bursts of inspiration. You can create your characters, setting, scenes, ideas, and link them together to create your story.

Story Tracker makes keeping track of your submitted stories, novels, poems, scripts, and articles easy

Pages, Apple’s highly rated cloud-centric word processing app, will let writers seamlessly access and work on documents on their iPhone, iPad and Macintosh, storing them securely in the cloud. Pages has hooks built in to let you easily export your work to Word or PDF (or plain text or .mobi).

Index Card for iPad is a must for serious writers or screenwriters working in Scrivener. You can work on elements of your Scrivener project on the iPad in Index Card files, then fairly easily sync them back to the Scrivener project. This is a pretty good workaround to the fact that an iOS version of Scrivener is not yet available.

The Bottom Line: Download some new apps today to ensure no writing material, ideas, or concepts are ever lost again. You can brainstorm, write, edit, and share while you’re on the go. There’s no need to be chained to a PC again!

Be sure to let me know if you have a favorite app for authors and I’ll include it on an updated version of this article.

About Book Publicist Scott Lorenz

Book publicist Scott Lorenz is President of Westwind Communications, a public relations and marketing firm that has a special knack for working with authors to help them get all the publicity they deserve and more. Lorenz works with bestselling authors and self-published authors promoting all types of books, whether it’s their first book or their 15th book. He’s handled publicity for books by CEOs, CIA Officers, Navy SEALS, Homemakers, Fitness Gurus, Doctors, Lawyers and Adventurers. His clients have been featured by Good Morning America, FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC News, New York Times, Nightline, TIME, PBS, LA Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Woman’s World, & Howard Stern to name a few.

Learn more about Westwind Communications’ book marketing approach at  or contact Lorenz at or by phone at 734-667-2090. Follow Lorenz on Twitter @aBookPublicist

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

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