Before the digital revolution, the typewriter used to be the writer’s tool of trade, and before the typewriter, there were pen and paper, and before pen and paper there were a lot of other forgotten little helpers used in writing: clay, papyrus, and wood to bear the record, reeds and feathers used as quills. Apparently, the need to share one’s thoughts and knowledge with others has been the core of human culture from the time immemorial.

Truth be told, storytellers of today are flooded with the instruments they can use – from simple note-taking apps to websites like dedicated entirely to the art of writing. It’s nice to have a choice, of course, but sometimes choice can be overwhelming. To make it easier for you we’ve vetted our list of writing tools and have chosen only the most helpful ones.

1.    Reedsy Book Editor

Does “fake it until you make it” sound accurate to you? Indeed, the Reedsy Book Editor is a free, online word processor that configures your book as you compose it. You can see your drafts naturally transform into a professionally looking original book copy.

In addition to that, one of the Reedsy Book Editor’s best features is that it lets you generate an EPUB and print-prepared PDF version of your composition in a split second, which is great for self-publishing authors.

2.    Draft

Would you like to have a tool that can remind you about important tasks you have to do with its help? Draft is just the app for you, then. Although it is an online word processor, it can also email you your daily updates and reminders.

However, if this sounds too “hands-on” for you, you can disable the updates and just use Draft as it is. Other than that, Draft is an application that resembles Google Docs. It enables you to track changes, automatically save those changes in the cloud, and make comments on the document for later perusal or for collaboration with other editors.

3.    Mellel

One of the reasons why journalists switch to Mellel is that the app is an essayist’s blessing from heaven. In my opinion, Mellel is one of the best word-processing tools that makes writer’s life easy. It gives you everything you need to work day by day, and when you think you’ve seen it all, it exceeds your expectations. Mellel’s enhanced “Desk” feature provides more book-specific tools – one can see that developers listen to their users and implement their suggestions.

4.    Milanote

Milanote is easy-to-use writing app to keep all your thoughts and ideas in one place. Unlike other apps that tend to see writing process as something clear and straightforward, Milanote understands how writers think and how creativity can be very messy.

If you ever tried it, you know that creative writing is less about inventing and more about rearranging thoughts and bit by bit putting them into shape, until you come up with something new and original. Milanote’s composing application is the perfect tool to do just that.

5.    Ulysses

Ulysses is a very useful writing tool and probably the best one out there for creating big writing projects. Regardless of whether you are composing a blog entry or a lengthy novel, Ulysses enables you to sort out your ideas into an elegantly composed work by highlighting your objectives, iterating on improvements, using the interruption-free mode, bookmarks, and illustrating capacities. That is only the tip of the iceberg!

The app is cloud-based and will please Apple users with its ability to sync seamlessly across all your Apple devices. This app will help you to write anytime and anywhere. For example, you can start composing on your MacBook, and later make some changes on your article via your iPhone or iPad.