Not everyone who is a blogger has studied writing or editing. However, if you are sharing your thoughts online, but can’t tell engaging stories without grammatical and spelling errors, readers aren’t going to stick around and will move on to something else. Here are some of the best resources and writing tools that will tighten up your sentences, improve your writing skills and fix your mistakes. While none of these tools can guarantee to save you from getting stuck on the first sentence, many of them will make your work a lot easier.
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Your browser’s inbuilt spellchecker is good, but sometimes it doesn’t protect you from silly speling and gremmatical errrors. Grammarly is a free browser extension that checks for more than 250 types of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, enhances vocabulary usage, and suggests citations. It can also proofread your texts and blog posts, and even check them for plagiarism. Add Grammarly to your browser and it will make you a better writer instantly.
If you use Gmail and are concerned about spelling, grammar, and tone of your email, be sure to install this unique proofreading plugin. What makes Wordzen different from other automated proofreading services, is that the proofreading is actually done by real people, all of whom are the English experts. The goal of Wordzen is to simplify your email life by allowing you to spend less time drafting messages while ensuring they are still emotionally intelligent and contain perfect English. Wordzen’s editors can draft email messages for you based on your shorthand notes, and they also edit/proofread your emails. The service is currently free and you can make use of it 24×7.
Papier gives you a simple, clean, and distraction-free way to take notes right in your browser. Just add Papier extension to Chrome, and trap your best thoughts by opening a new browser tab. They’ll be backed up directly to Chrome – no need to create any accounts.
Some headline types get more traction than others for social shares, traffic, and search engine ranking. The free headline analyzer by CoSchedule will help you understand and improve your headlines by scoring its overall quality and rating its ability to result in social shares, increased traffic, and SEO value.
Writefull is a tiny tool that helps you write better and with more confidence. It provides feedback on your writing by checking your text against databases of correct language. You can use Writefull in any editor – from MS Word to your browser. Simply select a text, hit the short-key to activate the Writefull popover, and choose one of its many options.
This is a free proofreading tool that is the perfect follow-on after Grammarly. It lets you test the readability of your content. Hemingway Editor makes your writing bold and clear by highlighting long, complex sentences and common errors.
Reedsy is a beautiful production tool that takes care of the formatting and conversion, before you have even finished writing. It provides beautiful interface built for distraction-free writing. The built-in style guide toolbar keeps you in control of your formatting, as you write, and exported files are ready for instant distribution to ebookstores, distributors and POD services.
Paragraphs is a minimalistic Mac app just for writers. It is built for one thing and one thing only: writing. It gives you everything you need to create brilliant prose and does away with the rest. No distracting menus, no complicated formatting options. It’s just you and whatever you feel like writing.
Flowstate is a Mac writing app that deletes everything if you stop typing. While this idea seems stressful, it could be very useful for those seeking to improve their writing skills, forcing one to write freely. If you’d like to try the concept for free, The Most Dangerous Writing App provides pretty much same experience right in your web browser.
BlankPage is a tool to help people start and finish a book or novel. By focusing on a distraction free writing, motivational tools, prompts, outline help and more, it helps you get there. Set your goal by deciding how many words you would like to write each day and BlankPage will help you achieve it.
The Readability Test Tool provides a quick and easy way to test the readability of your text. Just paste your text or insert a URL – it will test the text on your web page and gives a score for the most used readability indicators.
ZenPen is a web-based text editor that is designed for blocking distractions. It requires no registration and no login. Just open ZenPen in your browser and write. Once you’ve finished writing, text can be saved as markdown, HTML or plain text.
ilys stands for “I Love Your Stories” and is definitely the most “distraction-free” writing tool mentioned in this list. This very cool tool was created for training writers out of the habit of writers block and into the experience of pure writing flow. You can’t edit what you’re writing, can’t see what you’re writing, can’t delete. You can only write. It’s so very effective once you let go and let ilys guide us into an easy, pleasurable flow.
Do you have experience with any of these writing tools? What are your favorite tool for writing and editing? Share your opinion in the comments below.