5 Inspirational Writing Apps

Use Technology to Tell Your Story

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you." That quote by Maya Angelou pretty much sums up the writing experience for storytellers. Life just gets in the way of letting that story out sometimes! It's hard to find time to sit at the computer and hack through your plot, develop your characters and oh – don't forget – make it interesting enough to read, for goodness sake. These writing apps can help get your idea onto paper (er…into your phone/iPad) when you're just too busy to get started. Check out the writing apps below for inspiration for your next short story, poem, or novel!

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Writing Prompts


Maker: Writing.com

Price: $1.99 with $ 0.99 in-app purchases for different prompt packs

Description: This is a writing app generator perfect for getting creative with your writing. Everything from current events to scene elements, colors, genres and writing types are mashed together to give you a platform for your poetry or prose. With five prompt generators (news, scenes, sketches, texts, and words), there are millions of unique prompts available, and with the prompt packs, there are literally billions of writing possibilities!

Why buy? It's just plain ol' fun to go into one of the generators and see what it'll pop out. Some of the best stories and poetry comes from something completely random. A busy city street with an old cowboy carrying a digital camera as a storm rolls in? Don't mind if I do. 

Lists for Writers


Maker: Thinkamingo

Price: $2.99

Description: Stuck trying to come up with a character's name for your story? How about personality type or other character traits? This app is awesome. It gives you list after list of names, character traits, plot lines, occupations, obsessions, action verbs, settings and more to help get your story out of your head and onto the paper.

Why buy? Usefulness. If you're stuck with a good idea rattling around in your brain, but can't quite verbalize everything you need to round it out, then this app is for you. 

Pow! Strip Designer


Maker: Vivid Apps

Price: $2.99

Description: Kapow! Infuse your imagination with this writing app that uses pics from your phone, Facebook page or camera to create your very own comic strip. Choose a template, add dialogue balloons, special stickers (think "Splash!" "Bang!" "Woosh!"), and photos, then let loose. Customize your text, colors, and font to create that graphic novel you've always been thinking about. This one is a must!

Why buy? Because you have to.  For three bucks, you can't find a less expensive way to truly have a good time composing. 

A Novel Idea


Maker: Shawn Svacha

Price: Free with $2.99 in-app purchase for the professional version

Description: Remember that book you were wanting to write? This app can help. It's a tool designed to help you plot your story and record that lightbulb moment when you're on the go. Got an idea at a stoplight? Pull up the app and plug it in, then work it into the story later by dragging and dropping. Edit your title, setting, themes, point of view, characters, and more when you just have to get that book written!

Why buy? The regular version is free, so that's a no-brainer, but the professional version allows you to sync with Dropbox, counts your words, and gives you an ad-free experience. Totally worth it. 

Day One Journal


Maker: Bloom Built, LLC.

Price: $1.99

Description: Facebook is great for interacting with your friends, but what if you want to actually record and KEEP those little moments happening around you – the first time your love interest calls you, the first smile from that precious baby in your life, the hilarious ice cream/soda disaster (don't ask)? This app lets you journal in small, easy-to-manage segments right from your phone or iPad. You get a clean, distraction-free interface, a passcode to keep your private thoughts private, writing reminders, organization and easy syncing with Dropbox or iCloud. Oh! And if you have a particularly funny or juicy anecdote to share, you can tweet it right from the app.  There's a reason this app was the 2012 MAC App of the Year!

Why buy? Because journals are heavy. And you can't find a pencil. And hey – look at that – your phone is right there in your pocket. 

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