Tools For Writers

 

 

 

Tools for Writers

 

Trello

Trello is a kind of project management tool that takes the place of Post-it Notes and highlighters or scraps of paper or my pocket lists.

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Google trends

Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

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Daily Page

Daily Page emails you a writing prompt every morning, and you have the rest of the day to write your response.

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750 Words

Another way to practice your writing is to do a “brain dump” exercise using a tool like 750 Words.

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Twords

Twords calls itself “the app that nudges you to write.” It notifies you when you haven’t written in a while so you can keep yourself accountable — and even gives you the option to connect with others who will help keep you accountable.

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Quora

Quora is a great place to go for crowdsourced answers if you want to reach outside your network.

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Inbound.org

Inbound.org is a great place to source answers from professionals

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oTranscribe

oTranscribe is a great tool that’ll make the transcription process much less painful — allowing more time for your own writing and analysis.

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ZenPen

ZenPen is a web app that gives you a “minimalist writing zone.”

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Power Thesaurus

Power Thesaurus isn’t just any thesaurus: It’s a crowdsourced thesaurus that provides alternative word choices from a community of writers.

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OneLook Thesaurus

OneLook Thesaurus also has a “reverse dictionary”: users can type in a definition or group of words related to the word they’re searching for and find the right word for their piece.

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Twinword Writer

Twinword Writer automatically sense if you pause because you’re stuck on a word. Then, it’ll analyze the context of your writing and open a box suggesting alternate words you can use.

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Prompts

Prompts uses an algorithm to make suggestions for what you should write next.

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BrainyQuote

BrainyQuote is a library filled with millions of interesting quips that you can search by speaker (from Aristotle to Dr. Seuss to Audrey Hepburn) or by topic (like peace, success, leadership, and more).

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Hemingway App

Hemingway App assess your writing and identify opportunities to make it simpler.

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ProWritingAid

ProWritingAid another tool that evaluates your writing, but it boasts some unique features that differentiate it from the tools above.

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Grammarly

Grammarly check for grammatical errors — and Grammarly even checks for plagiarism.

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Correctica

Correctica is a great tool for triple-checking before you press “publish” or “send.”

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Draft

Draft lets you call on a staff of reviewers to get suggested edits, for a price.

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Listly

With Listly, you can invite your audience to contribute to your list. The Listly community can then vote on list items to move them up the list.

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NewNovelist

The NewNovelist program comes with a variety of tools to help you research, create, organise, analyse, review, and prepare your novel for publishing.

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Bibisco

Bibisco is comprehensive novel-writing programme created with love by book lovers to inspire writers to create “beautiful” work.

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yWriter

yWriter tracks your chapters and scenes but provides less creative guidance than some more comprehensive programs.

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Storyist

Storyist gives you an overview of your writing, tracks important elements such as characters and plot, organises your information, and provides you with templates and formatting tools for your manuscript or screenplay.

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Plotbot

Plotbot gives screenwriters the option of collaborating with others on their project.

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Clean Writer Pro

Clean Writer Pro is a minimalist text editor for those wanting to focus on their writing without distraction.

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WriteRoom

WriteRoom is a bare-bones text editor that lets you focus on your words and nothing else.

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Dark Room

Dark Room is a similar text editor designed for Windows. It gives you the same clutter-free environment so that you can focus on your words.

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OmmWriter

OmmWriter’s goal is to create a clutter-free environment where you can focus on your writing in peace.

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Q10

Q10 has a variety of features to help you focus on your writing and meet your goals, including live statistics, portability, customizable appearance, a timer, writing target percentages, autosaving and autocorrection.

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Write or Die

Write or Die is good for those who want to achieve a minimum word count within a given period of time.

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Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation lets you dictate your words and then transcribes them for you.

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MarkMyWords

MarkMyWord comes with a variety of features, including compatibility with different mark-up languages, the ability to preview your work, highlighted mark-up code, a customizable interface for maximum comfort and focus, easy formatting options, and article templates.

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Protagonize

Protaganize is a global, award-winning online community of writers. Members can explore other authors’ work, write new material, join existing groups or create new ones, critique each other’s creations, collaborate, and promote themselves.

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GoodNotes

The GoodNotes app lets you take handwritten notes and annotate pdfs with digital vector ink. GoodNotes documents on your iPad and iPhone will synchronize automatically with iCloud sync.

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Mindmup

Mindmup is an open-source, online mind mapping tool with collaboration, publishing, and export capabilities as well as the ability to change the look.

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Mindmeister

Mindmeister is another collaborative online tool for mind mapping, brainstorming, planning and more.

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Bubbl.us

Bubbl.us uses comment-like bubbles to help you brainstorm, organise and plan.

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Scappl

Scapple is described as a free-form text editor that mimics mind mapping software without imposing any hierarchy or the need to link your notes.

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SimpleMind

SimpleMind is a mind mapping tool that allows you to gather, organise, analyse and share your thoughts.

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Tomboy

Tomboy is a note-taking app that also allows you to format, organise your work into different notebooks, automatically link your notes and create lists. Useful for research as well as to-do lists.

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Zim

Zim is a text editor that also functions as a desktop wiki, a place to gather Wikipedia files as well as take notes, brainstorm, organise, and create emails and blogs.

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Creative Writing Solutions

Creative Writing Solutions is a website that offers a variety of ways to help writers get past the different causes of writer’s block, such as fear, lack of ideas or lack of motivation. The site offers prompts, challenges, advice on specific issues, lesson plans for kids, mentorship and more.

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Writing Toolkit

Writing Toolkit, is a mobile app that’s useful for all kinds of writers – fiction and non-fiction, veteran and novice. In addition to help with the mechanics of writing, its toolbox shows not only different aids for developing your fiction story but also tips for journalists, bloggers, technical writers and more.

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The Story Starter

The Story Starter is a fun tool that generates random lines to give you ideas for starting your story.

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Evernote

Evernote is a note-taking and sharing app that can be used across devices. A note can be in many forms, from an image to a handwritten note, web page, voice memo or video file.

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Diigo

Diigo’s original main purpose was to provide users with a way to store, organise and annotate their web content.

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Feedly

Feedly lets you put all your content in one place. Content includes your publications, YouTube channels, blogs, collections and even keyword alerts.

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Readability

Readability allows you to adjust and save web pages for greater readability, enjoyability and convenience.

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Anti-Social

Anti-Social is a timed Chrome plug-in that allows you block the social media features on websites, such as comments as well as Facebook, Twitter and other icons.

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StayFocused

A Chrome extension that lets you block those distracting websites that keep you from making progress with your work, especially handy if you’re slaving away on a thesis.

 

Cold Turkey

Cold Turkey helps you improve your productivity by blocking websites, preventing you from becoming distracted and forcing you to concentrate on your work.

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EssentialPIM

EssentialPIM (PIM stands for “personal information manager”) is an organisational tool that allows you to manage your personal information such as notes, appointments, contacts, tasks, mail, and passwords.

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LeechBlock

LeechBlock is a Mozilla add-on that lets you choose when and which sites to block in order to eliminate distractions and maximize your productivity.

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Keybr.com

Keybr.com keeps track of your speed, number of errors, and other stats while teaching you to touch type by focusing on similar though randomly generated sets of letters.

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APAStyle

APA style is the writing and reference style devised by the American Psychological Association and used in the social sciences.

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LanguageTool

LanguageTool is an open-source proofreading tool for over twenty languages, including all different versions of English.

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WordWeb

WordWeb is a customizable, downloadable dictionary and thesaurus as well as a word and term finder.

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OneLook

OneLook automatically searches multiple dictionaries for the word in question and provides you with links.

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Acronym Finder

Acronym Finder allows you plug in acronyms and abbreviations to discover their meaning.

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MediLexicon

MediLexicon provides users with links to a medical dictionary, medical abbreviations, information on drugs, medical news, medical and surgical equipment, and miscellaneous medical information on such categories as hospitals, medical associations and pharmaceutical firms.

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RhymeZone

RhymeZone lets you plug in a word and then provides you with a list of rhyming options.

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Visuwords

Visuwords creates diagrams around a word using different types of colored lines to connect it to related words and phrases.

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Word Counter

Word Counter allows you to track the number of words and characters of your text, either as you type or by cutting and pasting.

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Copyscape

Copyscape is a plagiarism tool with different levels of checks. The free version lets you compare content from different articles or web pages.

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FastPencil

FastPencil is a self-publishing platform that helps authors through the various stages of book creation, publishing and selling.

 

PenFlip

With PenFlip, you enter your text into either your own text editor or an online markdown editor. You then submit it for public or private feedback that you reject or accept, and finally you publish it as an e-book or on the web. Works with both short and longer works.

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Calibre

Calibre is an open-source e-book tool that includes library management, e-book conversion, e-book reader syncing, an e-book viewer, an e-book editor, online library access, and news-to-ebook conversion.

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To ePub

To ePub converts your pdf files to different e-book formats, including epub and mobi.

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Sigil

Sigil is a simple, easy-to-use, open-source e-book creator and editor that lets you edit e-books and convert them to .EPUB format.

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CreateSpace

CreateSpace is Amazon’s online publishing platform for hard-copy and e-book self-publishers.

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Cliche Finder

Cliche Finder will find and uncover hidden clichés in your writing — phrases that have been used so much by so many people that they’ve lost their original punch.

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Zen Writer

Zen Writer minimizes distractions (like checking your email or Facebook) by encompassing the entire width and height of your screen and making you devote it solely to writing.

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Byword

Byword is a neat app available on both Windows and Mac App stores that lets you write something (whether it’s a new chapter, a blog post or any type of written content) on one device and share it with others.

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Synchroedit

Synchroedit is a collaborative writing software that lets multiple users in different locations work simultaneously on the same document.

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Clippings.me

Clippings.me allows you to create an online writer’s portfolio where you can display your work proudly.

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Pear Note

PearNote records a conversation and syncs it with your notes.

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Scrivener

Writers across the web swear by this software and claim that ‘all-in-one writing tool’ doesn’t do it justice.

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Ulysses

This program is highly regarded for its ability to transfer plain text into beautiful content.

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Ted Talks

Ted Talks is for inspiration and information, look to experts and innovators in every subject under the sun.

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