The Best Writing Apps?

Dominic DiFrancesco
3 min readJun 10, 2021
Photo by Kaitlyn Baker on Unsplash

It’s been over a year now since I purchased my early 2020 MacBook Air and it has taken me this long to come to the realization that I have been stuck in a vicious cycle of constantly trying to find the “best” writing apps out there. This is where my problem began.

I suppose that coming from Windows and being a novice with macOS, it was only natural to want to try all kinds of apps on this new and intoxicating platform, however I think I may have taken this too far.

To give you an idea of how bad it has become; I’ve subscribed and unsubscribed, installed and uninstalled Ulysses on more than a dozen occasions during this time period just because almost every best writing apps review gave it high marks. It really is a great app, and although a bit pricey I do think it is worth every penny — just not for me right now.

Then last week I installed Bear. Bear is a fantastic app, beautifully designed and extremely functional. But again, I would be paying for an app that, if this trend continues, would be a waste of my hard earned money due to lack of use.

There are other apps as well that I have tried, Drafts, iA Writer, Typora and Simplenote, to name a few. Right now only Drafts (the free version) and Simplenote remain installed on my laptop primarily because they have peaked my interest and it certainly doesn’t hurt that they are both free.

What all of this has done is cause me to procrastinate to the point that I spend more time trying to find the perfect writing app than actually getting down to the hard work of writing.

There was a long period of time (years) where I regularly posted on my WordPress blog, but since getting the MBA and being absorbed almost completely by my seemingly endless software search, my productivity has diminished to a trickle. I believe that I have only posted to it 3 or 4 times this year, which is tremendously disappointing.

I can’t believe that I’ve let myself get to this point!

By default the Mac comes with a great word processor, Pages which in reality would work perfectly for my current needs. In addition to this, I installed Microsoft Office which includes Word, the universal standard in word processing, because I have a family subscription for it. Or I could use what I used in…

Dominic DiFrancesco

I’m a life-long writer & tech nerd. I love blogging, writing poetry, and short stories. My website