Writing doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Even good writers need help. The writing tools recommended here will help you improve your writing and create better content by making suggestions. Sometimes the suggestions don’t necessarily make the writing easier to read, so you do need to understand the English language and grammar enough to read the suggestion and make a choice.
Top 10 Writing Tools
All of the following writing tools are great for helping you to create better content. But most importantly, they’ll help you create content that will get read.
1) Grammarly – In addition to being a great grammar checker, Grammarly is also a great plagiarism checker as well. Obviously, you must have a basic understanding of grammar to use the tool, but it gives suggestions that will make your writing better.
Grammarly can be used online or as an browser extension.
Link – Grammarly
2) Copyscape – This tool simply checks for plagiarism. It’s great if you want a one-feature helper that’s fast and easy to use.
You can cut and paste each article into Copyscape to ensure it’s 100 percent unique.
Link – Copyscape
3) Hemingway App (one of my FAVS!)– This online tool is free to use and will help you write bolder, clearer and simpler prose. You can use the desktop version or paste in your text in the online version.
It tells you if your sentences are too hard to read, if you use passive voice, and more. The desktop app will set you back a whopping…$19.99 USD.
Link – HemingwayApp
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4) WordCounter – If you fear that you overuse certain words, WordCounter will list the words you use and count them. That way you can make sure that you’re not overusing any particular word.
This will help you stay below that two percent keyword density that you seek.
Link – WordCounter
5) Grammar Girl – This feature on QuickandDirtyTips.com is an amazing way to double-check whether or not you’re getting a confusing concept right. Just do a quick search and she’ll explain the concept to you in a way that you understand and don’t forget.
Link – QuickandDirtyTips
6) OneLook – Use this online dictionary search tool to look in several dictionaries all at once. You will be positive that you know the right meaning for the word you choose to use with this online search platform.
Link – OneLook
7) Slick Write – This tool checks grammar, stylistic mistakes and more. If you want to know if you’re being redundant or using the same word too many times, it works great.
Many of us have particular words that we like to use; this helps give new suggestions.
Link – SlickWrite
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8) PolishMyWriting – This online mistake checking tool will help you make your writing better by making suggestions that might work better. Again, you really do need to know what you’re doing to use this.
Link – PolishMyWriting
9) Notepad – Notepad usually comes standard with Microsoft software applications installed on your computer when you first purchase it. I like Notepad in particular, because it doesn’t add additional code to my article before I copy and paste it into my WordPress blog – such as MS Word does.
If you do not already have Notepad installed, then try the online Notepad, aNotepad.com – aNotepad.com also allows you to toggle Rich-Text Editor off and on if you should so choose.
10) Timer – My favorite writing tool to create
better content is…
A kitchen timer!
That’s right, a timer.
Using a timer keeps me on task and is my constant reminder to “kick myself in the butt”, focus on what I need to do right now, and get the job completed so I can move on to the next task.
Although I’ve been writing for almost 30 years now in some form or fashion, whether it be writing emails, advertisements or long-form sales copy, I still use my trusty kitchen timer. Why stop using something when it works, right?
These top 10 writing tools are important additions to any writer’s arsenal. Whether you use Grammarly, Hemingway or something else entirely, all of these tools can be helpful.
Some are free and some have an upgrade. None are expensive.
Try one new tool at a time so you can learn it well enough to get the most out of it.
The most important thing you can do to create better content, is to find the writing tools that work for you and then use them!
Avoid the “bright shiny object” syndrome, stick with what works best for you, and create better content today!
Did I leave a tool out that you’d like to mention? (reply in the comment section below!)
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