How to Write Your Novel on Your iPad

Fiction Frenzy

Sooner or later, you’ll get an iPad. I bought my first iPad a couple of years ago as a reading device, and so I could write when I was out of the office. My iPad fits into my bag easily; I’m never without it.

Oddly enough, I’ve found that I use my iPad to write IN my office. I always have the outline of my current novel Work in Progress (WIP) on the iPad screen. It’s propped next to my oversized monitor. When I get an idea, or a bit of dialogue pops into my mind, I tap it into Drafts, then carry on with whatever I was doing.

So in honor of NaNoWriMo, which starts tomorrow, here are the apps I use to write novels on the iPad.


Open, type, and send. Jotting quick notes couldn’t be easier. You can capture a thought or idea in an instant, or you can write longer pieces. It’s a very comfortable, easy writing environment.


I use OmniOutliner on my Mac, so using it on the iPad is a no-brainer. I’ve always got it open on my desk. It’s another comfortable app; completely transparent in use. You can even add attachments.


You can use Evernote on your computer, and on many devices. On my iPad, I use it to check research notes. I also send snippets from Drafts to Evernote, so that I can add them to my novel’s Scrivener file.

Index Card

I keep backstory, character arcs, and setting details in Index Card.


iThoughtsHD is a clever mind mapping app which will import mind maps from many popular applications. I use it to noodle through plot details, and “what ifs”.

I also use it to run through scenes before I write them. I see a movie of the scene playing out in my imagination, then I mind map the scene. Using mind maps for this makes “seeing” the scene easier, probably because your right brain is visual, rather than logical.

So, there you have it. If you’re doing NaNoWriMo, check out the above apps — and good luck throughout November. Happy writing. 🙂

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Angela Booth is a top copywriter, multi-published author, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills on her websites. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her business books have been widely published.