A Complete Guide to Tools for Online Writing

“Content is king” is a very well-known statement in our community, isn’t it? But what makes your content good is the misunderstood part of that statement. There must have been times when you go blank just before starting a great topic.

There must have been times when you wrote great content but it didn’t work so well. As a content writer myself, I understand that pain and distress. A lot of effort and eye for details goes into writing a flawless content. Content marketing is a tough game, but certainly doable when followed by the right steps.

With advancement in technology and awareness of the digital world, more and more bloggers come to our industry each day. The competition is tough in the content industry, like never before. So what do you think will make you different from the million other content writers? Great content ideas and strategic selection of topics make you better, certainly. But this is known to every other content writer in the market. Most of the work you will see online is some really great content. There’s much more to great content than just a good topic and structure. What makes you different is how you approach the great topic with the latest advancements in the digital field.

You could be a student writing IT Blogs or a content creator for an MNC, the basics of writing remain the same. There are many writing tools in the market today that solve the constraints we writers face while creating content. The sole intention of these writing tools is to help make better and cleaner content. This is exactly what will give you an edge over other content marketers in the market. “Do the things they do, but do it better”.

Use these online writing tools to make your life easier and efficient.

1. Grammarly

Your readers and editors might have praised you for your great content style or for the narrative style of your writing. But I am sure, no one ever complimented a write-up because it didn’t have spelling and grammatical errors.

As writers, we should be very careful not to overlook this factor assuming no one values it enough. In the hind set, everyone assumes that being a writer you would never commit such errors. But sometimes while writing a long content and parallel thinking about the structure, we miss out on those basics. Grammatical and spelling mistakes don’t just distract the reader but also makes him assume that the content is not up to the mark.

Grammarly is a free application that takes care of grammar and spelling mistakes in the content that you write anywhere on the web. Be it social media or google docs. The paid version checks the structure of sentences and provides alternatives for words too.

2. Hemingway Editor

This Tool improves the readability of your content. As writers, we all understand how important readability of articles is to convey our idea. Hemingway highlights sentences that are too hard to read and hard to read. This will allow you to further work on breaking your larger sentences into meaningful smaller ones. This subsequently makes sure that you as a writer are able to keep your reader interested in your content.

Hemingway Editor detects passive voice and counts the number of adverbs you have used. This will help you to keep in line with the usual norms of our industry.

3. One Look Reverse Dictionary

Repetition in your content is never a good thing to happen. But the stress of writing gets on and we end up using the same words again and again. In situations like these, you might want to use the synonyms of the same word. This tool that job for you. It will suggest you 100s of different options to select from.

4. Cliche Finder

As writers, we have our own unique styles of writing. We make use of clichés to play with our content, it helps in entertaining the reader. But using the same clichés over and over again can happen with time and should be avoided. Just copy paste your content here and it will tell you if you have used a particular cliché earlier. You can then work on changing the highlighted portion with an original twist.

5. StayFocusd

There are too many different tasks that need our attention on a daily basis. But it is advisable to not be distracted while writing content. You tend to lose focus and miss out on important points when you are distracted. This google chrome browser extension can be a big help here. It temporarily disables web browsing to allow you to focus on just one task at a time. You can choose to block certain websites or the whole web while you are working.

6. Draft

This tool is very similar to google docs. If you are someone who works in collaboration with others for a content, this will help you greatly. It limits distractions while allowing the user to accept or reject changes made by others. Are you someone who is trying to keep a track of how much content you write in a day? This will tell you the count and also send you reminders to keep you on track with your target. You can save drafts of the same content and proceed to compare them later.

7. Wattpad

This is a community of writers and readers where you can get feedback and help on your articles. This is a major help for narrative style of writing as there will be people to guide you.

8. Synchroedit

This is a personal favorite. If you are someone who writes content with a group of people located in different part of the world, this is the tool for you. In situations like these, there are different versions of the same doc and it gets very confusing. There might be situations when the other might overwrite an already worked on doc. This tool allows different users to work on the same doc at the same time.

9. Wordcounter

Most assignments that we write come with a word count. As the name suggests this tool does the job for you. But wait, it doesn’t stop with just that. It keeps a track of the number of characters, sentences and paragraphs. It also tells how easy your content is to read. Want to know how long your speech is; this tool can help in that too.

Writing great content with the help of these tools is what makes the content complete. There are more and more tools and applications coming up each day. Our job as content writers is to stay updated while also honing our writing skills. As writers, our ability to learn in life should never stop.

Tell us about your personal favorite writing tool, in the comments section.

Published by Bella Williams

As an academic researcher & private tutor, Bella guides the new age professionals and students with their career. A graduate from Monash University, Bella organizes free coaching workshops and promotes free sharing of knowledge. You can also find her on LinkedIn.

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