I’m going to be completely honest with you and admit that I don’t use any of these for my own books!


I do, however, use them frequently with clients who choose to go all technical and ditch the good old word doc in favour of fancy files and chapter tabs.

There are a number of fancy apps, so if that’s your thing, go wild on the fanciest of fancy apps, but these are the four that I’ve been able to master with clients who are much more tech savvy than I am.

Scrivener – ‘Tailor-made for long writing projects, Scrivener banishes page fright by allowing you to compose your text in any order, in sections as large or small as you like. Got a great idea but don’t know where it fits? Write when inspiration strikes and find its place later. Grow your manuscript organically, idea by idea’.

Evernote – ‘Take notes. Keep a journal. Clip anything from the web. Evernote lets you store and share information quickly and securely’.

ZohoWriter – ‘Switching from MS Word to Writer is easy. Writer lets you import and works with your existing MS Word documents like nothing ever changed’.

ProWritingAid – ‘Whatever your level of writing, ProWritingAid will help you achieve new heights. Exceptional writing depends on much more than just correct grammar. You need an editing tool that also highlights style issues and compares your writing to the best writers in your genre. ProWritingAid helps you find the best way to express your ideas’.

So, if you’ve exhausted your notebooks, you love using technology to help you get on a mission and you’re ready to write, it’s worth checking these out. If you find another brilliant app, please tell me, I’m always learning and when it comes to technology, I need all the help I can get!