Sized like a piece of paper, but brighter and more flexible than anything else you might scribble on, the iPad is the travelling writer’s best friend. From updating your blog in foreign climes to bashing out a novel in a cafe without the risk of spilling coffee on your laptop, it’s built for doing more with words.
With these apps, you’ll never be short of a notepad again, regardless of whether you just want to jog your memory later on or bash out words for the whole world to enjoy. A Bluetooth keyboard will help for longer projects and seeing more of the screen, of course, but you’d be amazed how quickly even the basic virtual keyboard becomes comfortable to use with a little practice. Many also feature online synchronisation through iCloud or their own services, ensuring your work is not only backed up, but available regardless of how many other machines you use for editing, polishing, or formatting.
Never forget a password again, and magically turn logins like !it40sabK from impossible to remember to just common sense. Log into sites with a tap, and keep your codes backed up online. Available to use across your iOS devices with one purchase, too. Buy now
Take not just your blog on the road, but all the media you might want to embed into it from YouTube, Flickr and more. Supports all major blog platforms from Wordpress to Tumblr to Drupal. Buy now
A secret diary that never runs out of pages. With password protection and gentle reminders, you’ll always know what you did last summer – and everyone else can mind their own business. Buy now
Upgrade your memory (the squishy grey kind in your head, that is) with the portable filing cabinet that never forgets. From quick notes to copies of whole webpages, Evernote has you covered. Buy now
Writing perfected; from its customised Nitti font to expert character spacing and support for both Dropbox and iCloud, this is an editor that takes minimalism and makes it its own. Buy now
Quick notes, even more quickly. Jot down anything that springs to mind on the move, and have it all synced between devices and to the web and your Mac desktop. Buy now
Scribble instead of type, and take notes in your own handwriting. 17 pens and endless paper await, with wrist protection to stop you making a mess as you make your mark. Buy now
Apple’s own word processing package handles more than words. In a world of plain text, it gives you the formatting and power of a desktop DTP app for a fraction of the price. Buy now
Effortless organisation at the tip of your finger. Go beyond simple notes and create structured documents for anything from meeting minutes to a book report, without ever having to struggle to read your own handwriting ever again. Buy now