What are the best apps for authors?

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    #1MindNode 4

    MindNode 4

    MindNode 4 makes is a brainstorming app for iOS in which you can connect6 your ideas an generate a mapping between them, establishing a hierarchy and focusing on the creative part.

    *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

    Apps

    Terry Jacobs
    Written on October 24, 2017
    "Resources for writers can go a long way. While I am not a professional by any means, I do write a bit. I came across MindNode 4 on a forum and right away knew that it would offer value. I decided to try it and boy was I right. This app really helps to make the brainstorming process a lot simpler."
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    #2Writing Prompts

    Writing Prompts
    Writing Prompts is a premium brainstorming app for iOS and Android devices, especially indicated for writers and all kind of artists who need to jot down ideas around a prompt. Prompt generator is built-in.
    Apps

    iOS, Android

    $1.99- with in-app purchases

    Susan Wilson
    Written on October 24, 2017
    "One of my friends is a writer so I wanted to find an app that he could really get some use out of. I ended up seeing Writing Prompts on a list of apps to try. I could really see him getting a lot of use out of this as well as being able to simplify his writing process."
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    #3Merriam-Webster Dictionary

    Merriam-Webster Dictionary

    No other dictionary matches M-W's accuracy and scholarship in defining word meanings. It includes pronunciation help, synonyms, usage and grammar tips, and much more. Works on and offline.

    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Robert Davidson
    Written on November 4, 2017
    "An online version of the famous print dictionary. The Merriam Webster dictionary brings the same comprehensive quality that you are used to. For authors, this site contains helpful additions and make this more than just a dictionary. The site includes help pronouncing words, synonyms, proper usage lessons and grammar tips, among other things. "
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    #4Dragon Dictation

    Dragon Dictation
    Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages.
    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Michelle Salazar
    Written on October 17, 2017
    "Writing the next best new novel and need a little help? Dragon Dictation lets you easily speak or see your text."
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    #5Idea Generator

    Idea Generator

    Idea Generator is a premium app for iOS that dresses like your muse to inspire you to generate some ideas by combining three different words in a random way. Pick the words of your choice to filter by language.

    Apps

    iOS

    $1.99

    Linda Zheng
    Written on November 10, 2017
    "Idea Generator really helps to inspire me when it comes to finding new ideas for stories. I just pick in certain key words that I'd like to use, and it generates great ideas. I've written 3 pieces from this app already, that I wouldn't of had the inspiration to write otherwise. Genius app, will continue to use it for a long time to come. "
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    #6Thinkfield

    Thinkfield

    Thinkfield is an app for iOS devices that allows you to create ideas and take as many notes as you want. This app lets you insert text, images and websites links, drag & drop external information, preview pictures and websites, and more.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Sebastian Hermes
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "The great things about thinkfield are its infinite canvas, the abstraction of information when zooming out, the integration of various data types and the possibility to work with multiple users on one project. Currently it is just a basic version, I am looking forward to what is coming next.."
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    #7Evernote

    Evernote

    Evernote is an app that allows users to create all kinds of notes and keep all their ideas organized and collected in the same spot. The app also offers a lot of tools to share ideas and even create agendas for their teammates.   

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS, Mac, Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Sai Rodrigues
    Written on October 31, 2017
    "Evernote is a perfect note taking app for artists, writers included. It syncs all of your notes across all devices and you can even add videos and photos, and charts."
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    #8JotterPad

    JotterPad
    JotterPad offers creative writing by getting rid of all distractions. It displays to the user a clean and intuitive workspace, through a text editor that allows some different themes and free/premium features.
    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ralph Collins
    Written on October 17, 2017
    "The link is for the app JotterPad - Writer, Screenplay, Novel and is available on the Google Play Store. The mobile app is designed for creative writers seems to have gotten highly positive reviews and has 1m-5m installs."
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    #9Contour

    Contour
    Contour is a premium app for iOS, specially designed by Jeffrey Alan Schechter for screenwriters who want to give a structure to their ideas and go all through the process from the bunch of ideas to the final screenplay of a film.
    Apps

    iOS

    $12.99

    Vincent Adams
    Written on October 23, 2017
    "Contour helps you put your ideas on paper. It creates a nice organized layout to get your point out of your head and onto paper. It is helpful when not knowing where to go next in your story."

Summary

Best What are the best apps for authors
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1MindNode 4Apps 17 Paid
2Writing PromptsApps 13 Paid
3Merriam-Webster DictionaryApps 12 Free
4Dragon DictationApps 10 Free
5Idea GeneratorApps 9 Paid
6ThinkfieldApps 9 Free
7EvernoteApps 7 Free
8JotterPadApps 5 Free
9ContourApps 4 Paid
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