Editor’s note: This post was written by Kenneth Waldman, a freelance writer and English tutor. You can get in touch with him on Linkedin.
It is usually a goal for every writer to earn recognition for their work. By providing interesting and high-quality content to readers, you will gain more clients and followers. Whether you are a blogger, copywriter, or content writer, when it comes to writing for the web, competition continues to increase. But with the right tools, you can help save yourself time, money and effort. Writing can be hard, but writing on a computer is even harder with the many websites, notifications and all the other distractions hindering you from working.
The beauty of being an online writer is that you have access to all kinds of tools that help provide support in virtually every aspect of the writing process. Using web tools can help your writing skills develop even more. This will save you time and money.
With the advancement in technology, there are excellent platforms for the writers who lack in any specific areas of writing. There are several different ways to help develop a writer’s skills, but utilizing online tools is one of the best choices. By using the right tools, you will be able to craft the best content possible for you and your clients. No matter what work you do as a writer, web tools are a highly dependable source to use in your day-to-day work life.
Here are 11 useful tools for writers.
Finding the Right Words
HemingwayApp helps writers by highlighting content in bold with clarity. It also making the sentences appear clearer and indicates any errors that are shown in the text. The yellow indicators tell you to make the sentences shorter, whereas the red indicators show that the sentence is not grammatically correct. There are several other indicators as well, to indicate more specific aspects of grammar in the text.
Thesaurus is the largest and most trusted thesaurus free online. You can improve your writing and discover synonyms, antonyms, as well as definitions. No writer would be complete without a trusty thesaurus by their side. This site is the most comprehensive thesaurus website and is one that I frequent multiple times with every piece of copy that I write. What’s great about this tool is that whenever you feel you overuse a certain word – you can type the word in and the thesaurus will give you a set of other useful words with the same meanings.
Hire Professional Services
EssayMama is a great online writing and assignment help service that writes your essays for you. But if you have already done your essay and need someone to proofread your paper, EssayMama can also do it for you. After the hard work, time, and effort you put into your work, if you are in a bind, why not let them handle the final aspect of your writing?
Price: starting at $19.99+
Creative Writing Prompts helps you create writing ideas for your stories and poems. The writing prompts can even help you create creative content for blogs. This site is great for those experiencing writer’s block, can’t find a great topic, or simply want to practice their writing skills.
With Quora, you are able to generate plenty of leads for your content by giving answers to the questions asked by people in the form of your blog post. Simply type your keyword in the search bar and follow the discussions on the topics that are related to your blogs.
Through HubSpot you can generate great ideas for content topics. Simply enter up to 3 nouns and get around a number of titles equal to a week’s worth of relevant blog post posts.
Rules & Grammar
Grammarly is one of the most reliable online tools to check grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. It enhances the use of vocabulary. Among many features, there is plagiarism detection to help you spot unoriginal text by checking against an 8 billion page database. There is an automated grammar checker, which can help you instantly find over 250 types of grammatical mistakes. There is also a great MS Office plug to integrate with MS Word and Outlook.
Price: free and $139.95
Wordcounter tallies the frequency of words used in a body of text. This tool is great if you want to avoid any repetition and redundancy in your work. If you need help spotting words that you overuse, this is the perfect tool to use.
Lyx is a document processor that helps encourage writing based on the structure of your documents, and not simply by their appearance. It is for people who want their content to look great without the help of endless formatting details, font attributes, and page boundaries.
theinfo.org – This site simply describes its use: it finds clichés. If there is a simple tool that finds any clichés in your content, it would be this site. Save yourself the trouble and use this site.
By word is a great app with all the tools you need to write effectively, containing keyboard shortcuts, word counters with live updates and many more. You can even sync all of your documents into all of your devices using iCloud and Dropbox, giving you access to them on your iPad, iPhone, and iPad touch. A great convenience is that you can edit them from any device you use.
Megan Rooney says
This is so great! Thank you! Especially loving the cliche finder.
Kenneth Waldman says
Thank you, Megan!
Kathryn Carter says
These tools are pretty useful for writers indeed. You definitely should start using this free plagiarism checker. This instrument is quite handy for writers.
Caisey Ryans says
I use ‘theinfo’ all the time. Unfortunately, I can’t always avoid using cliches and this resource points me to my accidental mistakes.
In addition, I want to share the resources that I use as a copywriter and business writer: https://curlie.org/en/Arts/Writers_Resources/Non-Fiction/ I think that the additional resources and tools are good helpers for every writer.
Lauren Clarke says
Great list! I’d love to share a tool I helped create, called FixSpell.com – it instantly swaps 1,800+ US English words for the international English equivalent in one click, and it’s free.
Let me know what you think of it. It’s at https://www.fixspell.com