Writing has come a long way. In the past, the technology that used to reign supreme was a typewriter. But today there are dozens of typing tools available online and that too for free. In addition to computers, we have apps and web applications which can greatly benefit you in your writing adventure.
In the article, we have divided the tools into the broad categories of non-fiction/fiction writing tools, editing tools, productivity tools and some blogging tools. Without further ado, let us see each in turn:
Non-Fiction/Fiction Writing Tools
The draft is distraction free tool and is free. It is a web-based application and offers an interface which is clean, unlike MS Word. Just like the Google search engine, the fresh look helps you focus, and you become better at writing.
The draft also comes with certain features or add-ons such as the option to be able to share your documents. When you share it with other users, you have the choice to either reject or accept changes which are proposed, meaning you are in control of your documents.
Moreover, if you are a regular writer, the tool ascertains your daily average word count. And, in the case where you fall short of your routine word count, an email is sent to your inbox intimating you of the lesser word count. Whatever the situation, the remainder is just there to inform you.
Do you love fiction? And you have got some prowess in the fiction writing department? Well, then LitLift is for you. The tool lets you write (of course), sort, save and subsequently share your stories. When you have signed up, you will have at your disposal tons of customizable options to choose from; plot lines, idea originators and personality sketches.
As a writer myself, I think I am in love Grammarly. This should be your go-tool for any writing you do. Grammarly premium version lets you decide what type of writing you are trying to proofread. If it is academic writing, the options therein will tune to suit the academic premise.
If the writing is more of a web content, the styles will switch to suit that kind of writing. Grammarly is also available for free and still can help you figure out basic grammar mistakes, sentence structure, and spellings. For more advanced features such as checking for the cohesiveness in the overall piece, you have to buy Grammarly premium.
You can download Grammarly as your browser extension as well. Although, it a reliable tool but personally, I don’t leave proofreading job entirely up to Grammarly. After all, the tool is a bot; rather it is you who understand what’s written and in which context. So, always keep your head in the game because on occasions not all suggestions may make sense.
4. Hemingway Editor
The Hemingway Editor is there to ascertain how simple or how effective your writing is. Does it exhibit clarity? Besides, it also calculates the readability stats, pinpoints any adverbs in writing, checks for passive voice and complex vocabulary which is not commonly known or spoken.
5. Readability Score
Readability score tells a particular education level which is required for someone to read your text or piece without difficulty. By knowing your readability score, you can improve your writing so that readers can easily understand it, thus leading to increased reader base.
6. Cliché Finder
As the name implies, cliché finder looks for bits of information which have been overly used since the beginning of time and the use of it may not invite your reader anymore. It very well may serve as a turn off for the reader. It could be the use of metaphors that we have seen countless times such as honesty is the best policy or when there is will there is a way and the likes thereof.
The finder will highlight them (figure of speeches, similes, etc.) for you and instead will advise against their usage. You can then research and can look for other means or ways to communicate your point. If anything that counts, it is originality in your writing.
A stupendous tool to elevate your productivity while writing. It is a web-based application and a great way for you to plan your writing. How? It works like any bulletin board works. Digital marketing companies mostly use the variation of the tool to get better resources It is especially useful if you are working on a project and wants the input of others to see to its completion collaboratively.
Trello provides you with cards that you can arrange in columns. These cards can be anything from your to-do lists to the scenes of your upcoming novel that you will be writing on.
Evernote by Microsoft is one of the leading apps for taking notes, creating to-do lists and for also jotting down blog post ideas. Furthermore, you can even take audio notes with this application. An extension of Evernote for browsers called Evernote Web Clipper allows you to clip articles from all over the web quickly.
This way you can save them and refer to them later while working on your assignments. It even syncs across all devices (computers, smartphones) in a matter of minutes.
9. Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator
I have been quite an avid user of the Blog Topic Generator tool by HubSpot myself. As a writer, it is easy to bump into a roadblock called ‘writer’s block’ but what annoys, even more, is the inability to come up with a topic or subject to write on in the first place.
The tool lets you to type in few keywords/phrases concerning the topic that you might be interested in writing. The generator will give you a list titles to get you started, and you can build on it from there onwards.
10. CoSchedule Headline Analyzer
The app evaluates how your title will rank on search pages. Since titles serve as a hook to grab your reader’s attention, it can prove to be a useful tool to land your blog post higher in search engines. With Headline Analyzer you can hone your copywriting skills which in turn will help you create juicy headlines.