Scrivener Alternatives for iPad

    There are many alternatives to Scrivener for iPad if you are looking for a replacement. The best iPad alternative is yWriter, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Scrivener and 12 are available for iPad so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting iPad alternatives to Scrivener are Ulysses (Paid), Spaces (Freemium), Story Planner for Writers (Paid) and Storyist (Paid).

    This page was last updated May 10, 2021

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      yWriter is a writing tool that uses "scenes" as a unit of text and allows you to associate that text with all manner of story elements (characters, locations, items) as well as place it and rearrange it within the context of chapters.
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      yWriter vs Scrivener opinions
      Most users think yWriter is a great alternative to Scrivener.
      isahbellah it's free, it's easy to use and intuitive. The only thing that would make ywriter better is if it had an option to sync to other devices or such. Seriously, this is so much better than scrivener!
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      In my traipsing about the world of effective writing applications, like many, I blindly downloaded and attempted to utilize Scrivener. As noted, this was an attempt and, to better, expound, it was a failed attempt as Scrivener lacks a WYSIWYG approach. yWriter, however, is an absolute gem providing all of the necessary development tools broken down in a logical format that follows the lifecycle of story development from inception to completion.
      Top positive comment  almost 3 years ago

      I hated it. It kept trying to force me to follow its workflow (invented by the author, I think), and I use a different one. Scrivener suits my workflow, and yWriter does not. It is still on my hard drive, however, just in case.
      Top negative comment  8 months ago

      robyellow95 For some reason, this reminds me of my high school notebooks: Flipping through pages trying to find crap.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

      Written and maintained by a novellist/software developer, yWriter is free to use, has a no-frills UI, supports cloud saving/device sync via Dropbox and Google Drive, takes automatic backups, and has an Android app (my main dealbreaker with Scrivener).
      Positive comment 9 months ago

      Free, reliable, logical layout. It also has a phone app that can sync with the desktop app if you use a cloud drive. Lots of other great features.
      Positive comment 12 months ago

      have not the same versatility
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

    1. Ulysses is a text editor for creative writers. Used by bloggers, poets, students and published novelists all over the world, it offers an integrated environment to brainstorm, draft, revise and even submit text on a professional level.
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      Ulysses vs Scrivener opinions
      Some users think Ulysses is a great alternative to Scrivener, some don't.
      ndas1 Primarily oriented towards "scripts" for film, play, etc. Might be useful for (non)fiction writing but does not share the wider array of tools found in Scrivener.
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago


    2. A distraction free writing app built with an intelligent editor, smart organization & a design brought to perfection after years of iterations. Practically magic
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    3. Writing planner software that helps writers build and outline their stories from scratch, boosting the writing workflow.
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    4. A powerful writing environment for novelists and screenwriters
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      Allegory is a powerful notes app with a beautiful iOS-centric UI. The minimal and focused writing experience, combined with an impressive set of powerful features, makes this the ideal choice for everyone.
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    5. Use your creative energy to focus on the content; let Final Draft take care of the style. Final Draft is the number-one selling word processor specifically designed for writing movie scripts, television episodics and stage plays.
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    6. The highest-rated screenwiting app on the Mac App Store comes to iOS! Slugline is a minimal, distraction-free environment for the most important part of screenwriting—the writing part.
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    7. Mellel is a sophisticated, time-tested and reliable word processor, especially designed to handle long and complicated documents, books, manuscripts, dissertations, and more.
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