15 handy writing resources

Take some of the mess and stress out of creating copy with helpful tools like Hemingway, Paragraphs, Flowstate, ZenPen and Blankpage.

Most bloggers are writing and editing novices.

That’s fine, but sloppy writing and careless errors can harm your credibility and undermine your business.

Thankfully, there are plenty of tools to help tighten sentences, correct grammar and fix faulty syntax. Here are 15 handy resources to try:

1. Grammarly. Grammarly is a free browser extension that checks for more than 250 types of spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. It also enhances vocabulary selection, proofreads your blog posts and even checks for plagiarism. Add Grammarly to your browser, and it will instantly make you a better writer.

2. Blog Idea Generator. Make A WebsiteHub’s Blog Post Idea Generator is a handy tool that pumps out a week’s worth of blog post titles. Simply input three topics you’d like to write about, and wait for your results.

3. Papier. How often do you come up with a great idea and forget to write it down? Papier gives you a simple, clean, seamless way to take notes right in your browser. Just add the Papier extension to Chrome, and “trap your best thoughts” by opening a new browser tab. Your notes will be backed up directly to Chrome, so there’s no need to create any accounts.

4. Blog Post Headline Analyzer. Headlines are the key to blog post success. This free CoSchedule resource will help you craft irresistible, effective headlines by scoring each phrase’s overall quality. This is an easy way to boost social shares, traffic and SEO value.

5. Writefull. Writefull provides feedback on your writing by checking your text against databases of proper language. You can use Writefull in any editor. Simply select a text, hit the short-key to activate the Writefull popover, and choose one of its many options.

6. Hemingway. This free proofreading tool gauges the readability of your content. The Hemingway Editor highlights run-on sentences and common errors, which guides you toward more compact, clear writing.

7. Rough Draft. This clever app doesn’t allow you to delete words, which forces you to write freely on your first draft. As its website says: “Rough Draft makes editing tough, so writing is easy.” This is an intriguing option for those who struggle with perfectionism and slow productivity.

8. Reedsy Book Editor. This resource lets you “write and export a professionally typeset book.” Reedsy’s built-in style guide toolbar keeps you in control of your formatting, as you write, and the app’s exported files are ready for instant distribution to ebookstores, distributors and print on demand services.

9. Paragraphs. Paragraphs is a minimalistic Mac app just for writers. It is built for one thing: writing. There are no distracting menus or complicated formatting options. It’s just you and your words.

10. Flowstate. Do you need a bit of pressure to spark productivity? Flowstate is a Mac writing app that deletes everything if you stop typing. This idea seems stressful—and it is—but it just might boost your productivity. If you’d like to try the concept for free, The Most Dangerous Writing App provides a similar experience right in your web browser.

11. Ulysses. Ulysses provides a combination of powerful writing and editing tools within a focused, minimalistic writing environment.

12. Blankpage. BlankPage is a tool to help people start and finish a book. The app guides you toward the finish line by providing distraction-free writing, motivational tools, prompts, outline help and more. Decide how many words you’d like to write each day, and BlankPage will help you achieve it.

13. Readability Test Tool. This resource provides a quick and easy way to test the readability of your text. Just paste in your text or insert a URL, then you’ll get a score for relevant readability indicators.

14. ZenPen. ZenPen is a web-based text editor that’s designed for blocking distractions. It requires no registration and no login. Just open ZenPen in your browser and start writing.

15. ilys. Ilys stands for “I love your stories.” This tool is designed to get you into the writing flow. You can’t edit what you’re writing, can’t see what you’re writing, and you can’t delete anything. You can just write.

Do you have experience with any of these writing tools? What are your favorite writing and editing resources? Share your opinion in the comments below.

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One Response to “15 handy writing resources”

    Jayme Silvestri says:

    An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a coworker who was
    conducting a little research on this. And he in fact bought
    me breakfast because I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So let me reword this….

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