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5 Free Tools to Actually Help Improve Your Writing

Updated: Apr 1


Tools of the trade; we all need them from time to time. Find new tools for your writing arsenal and take your writing to another level.


Are you sat staring at a blank page? Is that little blinking cursor taunting you? Writer’s block is real, I know how you feel.


I thought I’d put together some free tools to help you on your writing journey. Whether it’s a novel, sales page or an online course some of these will come in handy. Don’t forget to bookmark them too.


Grammarly


Grammarly is a great tool to help if you’re not confident with grammar and spelling. It highlights potential errors and you can either accept or delete their suggestions. You can download an add-on for MS Word and you can even connect it to your emails if you’re worried about typos.

A word of warning though, take it with a pinch of salt. Many editors dislike Grammarly’s suggestions and just because it says something is incorrect/correct it doesn’t mean that definitively. At the end of the day, it’s not human and won’t understand the complexities of human speech and language to the degree a professional editor will.


Headline Analyzer


This is a really great tool for any bloggers out there. The headline analyzer helps you create eye-catching headlines to draw your readers in. It looks at each word and offers suggestions to improve it – it even shows you the SEO score of the headline. What’s not to love?!




Hemingway Editor


If you want some help with your writing style then this is the tool for you. You simply paste your writing into the editor and it highlights things that could be improved, such as the use of too many adverbs or using a passive voice.



It’s all colour-coded too to make it clear what needs to be looked at.


StayFocusd


Are you guilty of procrastinating? Scrolling through Facebook or spending hours watching hilarious dog videos on Youtube (Not me, nope…not at all)…


If you struggle to keep your focus on writing you can download the StayFocusd add-on for Chrome. It allows you to block certain sites that distract you and add a timer to those that you scroll endlessly without reason, which leaves much more time to actually write.


The Most Dangerous Writing App


This is for any adrenaline junkies out there. Some people work better when they just write, write and write. Sometimes it’s rubbish but there might be snippets of gold in there.


This app…well…it’s just a bit mean; if you stop typing for more than 3 seconds it DELETES everything you’ve written. So, keep writing!


You can set different time limits: 3 mins, 5 mins, 10 mins, 15 mins, 20 mins, 30 mins or 1hr. I don’t think I could handle the pressure personally, but if it works for you that’s great.


Get bookmarking and stop procrastinating!


Why are you still reading this?


You should be writing…


Okay, here’s a picture of my puppy sticking her tongue out.


Now go. Happy writing!