Three Great Writing Apps for the MacBook Air

The MacBook Air changed my life. I’ve written everywhere, including some very strange places.

Day One ($10)

This app is perfect for journaling and getting writing ideas down as they appear. When you install Day One on your MacBook Air, a bookmark appears in your drop down menu on the top right of your screen. I use this option to quickly jot down a quote or catchy phrase before I lose it.

Byword ($17 with in-app purchase)

I sometimes take what I write in Day One and expand upon it in Byword. It is a similar app – distraction-free screen, iCloud storage – but also allows me to post my writing on my WordPress blog. Blogger and Tumbler are also supported. In fact, I wrote this post in Byword!

Scrivener ($45)

Purchase this writing software with the intent on putting a project together to publish. You can move sections around within a project while working on it. This offers a distinct advantage over Word or Pages: No more going back to try and rearrange ideas. Scrivener is built for writers.

photo credit: Macbook Air 13″ via photopin (license)

Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District ( Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD ( and Lead Literacy (

7 thoughts on “Three Great Writing Apps for the MacBook Air”

  1. See now I want to check out Scrivener. I participated in NaNoWriMo this year and that was one of the many perks given but I’ve yet the time to get through the apps/software. Thanks for the suggestions!


  2. Matt, your blog is gonna cost me coin. I don’t have a MacBook air – YET. Dang, man. These all sound really good. I’m enjoying using Grammarly while blogging. I feel like I am learning more about writing, and maybe even writing a little bit better too. I’m thinking these 3 apps might help as well.

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