Writing distractions are abundant with social media, new technologies, and even in the real-world. You are writing on-the-go, using web and mobile apps to help you write better, and tools that look into your analytics to tell you when to share your content.
Blogging has become a new and competitive career option for writers looking for paid opportunities. In a Hubspot 2015 report, B2B blogging is said to bring in 67% more leads, over businesses that don’t. To help you in your writing endeavours, the following are 20 writing tools you didn’t know about, that really deserve tons of recognition.
This easy-to-use tool is the first in it’s class to accurately tell you who your reading audience is, the audience’s reading level, and which content they relate to the most. AtomicWriter adapts your writing to your target audience.
By hooking up your Google analytics and social media accounts, this tool analyzes your content to tell you where and how you can improve your writing based on historical data and engagement data. It also provides you with an Atomic Score that acts as a benchmark for writers to know what they have to achieve in order to produce the most effective content that will resonate with their target audience.
With a community of influential writers, designers, and videographers, your story will turn into scalable and sustainable content for your content marketing program. In this instance, great storytellers don’t necessarily just have to show their work in writing.
Putting the edits you made to the forefront of its interface, Draft shows you where and what you’ve changed, giving you the option of accepting it or reverting it back to what it was originally. What’s even more useful is the Mark Draft feature that saves that version of your work as you go. With many other options that make iCloud and Google Docs seem dated, this tool can help you write and share your writing for other presentations not limited to blogging.
Ideation & Prompts
Just enter a keyword you’ll get a list of existing titles to inspire your own content piece.
Get emailed a writing prompt every morning. This tools is great for jumpstarting your brain or to complete by the end of the day. Share your response or choose to private.
A list of curated articles to help you to write and publish online. Get inspired by topics that range from non-fiction, fiction, e-mails, and growth hacking.
The perfect motivator to nudge you towards your writing finish line. Track your writing to see which days were your best. With writing prompts, you can refine your style, technique, and tone.
Putting the routine practices of writing into a great tool. With the goal to write for at least 20 minutes a day, you’ll definitely be improving as a writer. By creating an outline that doubles as your motivation, you will stay on-track to finish your story.
Tracking your word count along the way to your goal of 750 words or 3 pages of writing per day, will help you clear your mind of idea clutter, and get your ideas flowing for the rest of the day. Inspired by The Artist’s Way - Morning Pages exercise.
A clean and minimalist approach to where you write. Blocking out visual distractions, with features to stylize the text, add hyperlinks, and block quotes.
An app that let’s you focus primarily on your work, and writing experience. Features include, ridding your view of window buttons, a word counter, saving your work on cloud, soundtracks that help you focus, a distraction-free Zen mode, and other modes to choose from.
As you start writing on this interface, all the distracting options disappear. With a different kind of focus mode that highlights only the paragraph you are currently editing. Like many other tools, it offers cloud saving, and a beautifully responsive design.
As your “own private writing room” everywhere you go, you are able to concentrate on the single task of writing. It features, backgrounds, audio tracks, and keystroke sounds to help keep your writing momentum going.
Letting you read an article one word at a time, Squirt enhances your reading speed. You can also use this tool to improve your grammar and spelling errors, and improve your brain’s transition between flow of thought and writing output.
For your tablet and smartphone, WriteApp’s a clean and intuitive UI creates a seamless writing experience that could be as good as if you were writing from your desktop. There is no missing cursor like every other app out there. Their cursor trackpad is able to ensure you are accurately correcting the right text. No hide-and-seek behind the finger here!
Additional features include, passcode app activation, tagging options for organization,night and day themes, custom URL actions, a shortcut toolbar, ability to edit on dropbox, a preview mode, and stylization.
Your alternative to Google Docs, with a much friendly layout. Options like markdown format, real-time collaborative and historical editing, and dropbox sync, are all compatible with all your devices.
On Mac, it’s interface was made for any writing project, and is clutter-free. On iPad, it transitions the Mac experience to an on-the-go experience, with the same capabilities as the desktop version. This text-editor allows you to change the visual style you are writing on created by their community.
Exclusively for Wordpress, Poetica allows you to see people editing in real-time, what was previously there, straight publication to wordpress, and Slack notifications. This tools encourages a collaborative form of editing.
If you can’t decide what you want to write, let the community make that decision for you. Simply, add your ideas, share them, ask your friends what they’d like to read about, and write and publish! By knowing what your audience wants to read before you even start writing,ensures you’ll have readers as soon as you hit publish and will save you time.
As a community where authors meet the best editors, designers, and marketers, Reedsy will help you stay connected to experts and freelancers to create a beautiful product. To enhance workflow, writing and project management tools are also included.
These 20 amazing tools you didn’t know about are hopefully going to be some that you’d like to give a try. We’ve already seen how tablets have improved the speed a child’s brain can process words, and with technology evolving so quickly, a writer needs to be able to adapt to this digital environment too. How else can you expect to keep up with the demand for quality content online?
Please feel free to mention any other tools we might have missed, or you think are worth noting in the comments!