Why does writing have to be so hard? Not the actual “thinking up the words part”, but the “motivate yourself and follow through” part.
Because it is, by its nature, a solitary and self sufficient activity, you have to be able to push yourself to complete each task. It doesn't matter if you are writing a novel, a blog post, or a technical manual.
Having a few good tools to use can make all the difference in the world. These ten writing tools are probably the best I have personally found. They are sure to blow your creative mind.
SERPstat is a keyword research tool on steroids. Apart from keyword suggestions expanding your core term, the tool has a wealth of other helpful features keeping you inspired and your content optimized and ranked high:
- Cluster research: Various words that have the same URLs ranked in top 20. The more URLs the words have in common, the closer the cluster terms are. This is a great keyword discovery feature!
- Questions: Find lots of questions containing your keyword people type in the search box. Most of these questions will look like an article idea to you!
- Missing keywords: Find keywords many of your competitors are ranking but you are not. Some of these will be new content ideas, others will prompt you to go back and optimize your old content
This is one of the most powerful content marketing and writing tools I am aware of.
The first step to writing anything is just to sit down, shut up, and write. Editing a you go along can mean adding a ton of time to the process, and possibly weakening the results.
“Write drunk, edit sober” was Ernest Hemingway's motto, and while that isn't exactly what is required with this app, it does follow the general idea. You write first, then wait until you are done to edit. It even provides you with tips on how to better form sentences for readability.
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This handy feature gives you a powerful editing application that includes professional looking typeset and formatting. When you are done, you can export the file in a ready-to-publish digital format. It is awesome for people who want to self-publish online.
If you have an iPhone or Mac, and you own a blog on WordPress, Blogger or Medium blog, this could be the perfect app for you. It gives you control over all aspects of your blogging, from research and curation, to writing and publishing.
All of it is integrated for either Mac or mobile use, empowering you to publish anywhere. It even syncs with Evernote to make grabbing little details, images and more easy.
Improve your writing, including blog posts, by getting helpful advice based on what you have so far. Eliminate errors in grammar and syntax, catch run on sentence and overused words, and receive suggestions on how to improve the overall structure.
ProWritingAid can be used in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Scrivener, the ProWritingAid Chrome Extension, or integrated into other apps using API. You need the pro version for using it in Word or Google, but it is only $40 a year. And for $45 a year you also get a plagiarism checker.
Speaking of plagiarism, you'll be surprised how many times your content has been copied without you getting any credit. Have your articles checked for plagiarism using this handy tool to make sure your blog posts are not being copied without permission.
Have a lot to say, and only the limited characters in Twitter to say it? This is every Twitter user's dream, but especially for social marketers or people who are promoting a brand/blog/published work. You type in your message, and WriteRack automatically formats it into the best possible series of tweets to keep the message intact.
From there you just copy/paste it in sequence, or share directly. They call it a tweetstorm, and you have probably seen it being used before from influencers and well known people on Twitter.
This site might not seem much, but it is actually a great little resource. Improve your grammar through learning. Check out their tip of the day. Take tests to see where you stand since passing High School English. Get a list of easily confused words. (airplane and aeroplane, sympathy and empathy, etc).
They also have a link to Grammarly, which will check your grammar and catch up to ten times more mistakes than you would on your own. In spite of it being a pretty simplistic page, especially in comparison to some of the other items on this list, this one is probably my personal favorite. I use both Grammar Monster and Grammarly all the time.
Have a lot of writing projects? If you are a blogger, the answer to that is probably a resounding “YES! Please save me!” Ulysses is a simple – but effective – dashboard that puts all of your writing projects in one place.
You can access all of those projects from the app, and work on it from your iPhone, iPad or Mac. It is clean, easy to use, and designed to keep you focused without distractions. As a writer, I love this dashboard. Especially as I am your classic “jump from piece to piece” style of author who can't just work on one thing at once.
Is your writing the best it can be? Probably not, none of us get it write on the first, second, third, or even fourth try. Polish My Writing will take your text and make suggestions to how you can improve it.
It catches spelling and grammar mistakes, gives tips on better word choices, catches word overuse, and offers advice on better formatting choices that could improve readability. Also, it is free. Who doesn't love that?
If you have a tool that you feel should go on this list, let us know in the comments!