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Online Tools Each Writer Should Use in 2018

Posted on Fri, Jun 15 2018 9:00 am by Stacey Wonder

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Creating written web content, such as writing copy for a website or filling the website blog with posts, is the bedrock of any great website or ad campaign. Businesses and individuals alike pride themselves in providing the best content among their competitors. However, regardless of how proficient your writing skills are, everyone could use assistance in polishing their text. Without an editor or proofreader around, it might be difficult to get a second pair of eyes on what you’ve written.

Writing tools come in many forms. Some are apps for handheld devices, others are extensions for an Internet browser, while others are website or independent tools for a computer. With such a wide range of tools to choose from, you can customize your own ensemble of tools that benefit you based on your work process. Establishing these online tools into your routine can help you improve your content and reach even more readers and consumers.

Note-Taking Tools

Note-taking is one of the most important parts of the writing process. Whether you’re taking notes during an interview or simply keeping track of racing thoughts, having your notes organized is crucial.  Pear Note actually syncs your notes with recorded conversations so you can listen and read notes at the same time, for a holy grail of sorts in note-taking productivity. For a great notes tools that also allows you to collaborate with other writers, try Evernote. For the writer who likes to think aloud, Dragon Dictation may be the perfect tool, transferring your voice into text that you can then refer back to when you begin the writing process.

Writing Tools

Not every writer has access to Microsoft Word, and sometimes it’s just easier to write on the go from the comfort of your tablet, netbook, or phone. Google Docs is an awesome tool for writers who need a simple yet powerful word processor complete with spell check, built-in dictionary, and auto-save (you can even view previous versions and recover them). Google Docs can be shared and have a nifty editing featuring called “Suggesting” that allows you to see edits in real-time. You can also save and export as popular file extensions. And they’re accessible from any device with Internet access. For a more distraction-free version, you can try Drafts, which allows you to write in complete solitude. You can still share your work and save it automatically in an online storage system.

Word Usage Tools

Word usage tools can help you keep track of how you’re using language throughout your content so it’s easier to see if you have any faulty sentences or redundant language. Sometimes it’s hard to decipher if you’re overusing a word or don’t have the best words and phrases to articulate a point. One of those tools is Wordcounter, which identifies words that you use too much, even “but” or “if.” If you’re writing for high SEO content, you can track your keywords to make sure they appear enough times in the text. Similarly, Cliché Finder helps you find overused phrases in your writing that we’ve all heard a million times before, so you can edit accordingly to create more original images and comparisons.

Editing Tools

Editing is often the final and hardest portion of the writing process. With the help of some great websites and tools, you can develop a more efficient process for polishing up your latest article. Ever wondered if you correctly used a homonym or have run-on sentences? Grammarly helps you catch spelling and grammatical errors by highlighting the errors and showing you detailed suggestions and fixes for the word(s) in question. For editing that’s more detailed and focuses on substance as well as technical errors, EssayTigers offers detailed proofreading and editing services with specialized feedback for a low rate.

Writing for a specific audience and wondering if the reading level matches? The web application Readability Score scores your text to show how readable it is so you can better assess whether it’s ready for your intended audience.

These are just a few of the many tools you can benefit from as a writer. Try out several tools to see what works best for you. Keep in mind that while writing and productivity tools are immensely helpful, always make sure you read through your work before publishing or submitting to ensure that it sounds smooth and reads correctly. These technological tools are often almost as good as a fresh pair of eyes, but they can’t totally replace the expertise of a real-life writer. For more online writing tools dominating the market in 2018, check out this extensive list of writing, note-taking, editing tools, and more. 

Stacey Wonder is a freelance blogger from California. She mostly writes about education, career, self-development, and writing for EssayTigers. When not busy with blogging, Stacey creates short detective stories.