7 Free Tools That Will Make You a Better Writer

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Have you heard of NaNoWriMo? If you haven’t, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month.

NaNoWriMo takes place every year during the month of November. During this time, you commit to writing 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. Basically, you’re writing a novel in a month.

I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo this year, but being that so many people are participating, I thought it was fitting that I share a few free writing tools.

7 Free Writing Tools

1. Grammarly

Grammarly is a free grammar checker. Grammarly checks for spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes. For more advanced checks, you can upgrade to a premium account for $29.95/month. The premium plan does the following:

  • Check for 250+ points of grammar
  • Enhance your vocabulary
  • Prevent plagiarism

After using the free version of Grammarly, I decided to upgrade my account to the premium plan. I’ve been very happy with the premium version of Grammarly.

2. Coffitivity

Coffivity plays the ambient sounds of coffee shops. I like having Coffitivity play in the background while I write. It helps make me a more focused and productive writer.

Coffivity can be played on your computer, or it can be downloaded as an app from the Android and Apple store. I definitely recommend giving Coffitivity a try.

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3. Headline Analyzer

Headline Analyzer is a tool created by CoSchedule that scores the headline of your article or email subject line. We all know that having a great headline is one of the best things you can do to get people to read your content. Headline Analyzer will help you create more enticing headlines.

4. StayFocusd

StayFocusd is a productivity Google Chrome extension. This extension helps you stay focused on the task at hand by limiting the amount of time you spend on distracting websites. With this extension, you simply add the sites you want to block to your “blocked sites” list, set how long you want to block the sites, and StayFocusd will block your access to those sites for your the time you listed.

5. Hemingway App

The Hemingway App is a proofreading tool for writers. The app states that it will “make your writing bold and clear.” They go on to say “It’s like a spellchecker, but for style. It makes sure that your reader will focus on your message, not your prose.” The app will highlight in where your writing needs work.

6. Thesaurus.com

Thesaurus.com is an online thesaurus filled with millions of synonyms and antonyms. Thesaurus.com allows you to sort words based on their length, relevance, and complexity. Thesaurus.com is my go-to online thesaurus.

7. Hubspot’s Blog Idea Generator

Blog Idea Generator is a fun tool that helps you generate blog post ideas. All you have to do is fill in the fields with terms you want to write about, and the blog idea generator will provide you with a list of blog post ideas. Not every topic will work for you, but the tools are pretty useful for giving your topics to write about.

I hope you’ve found this list of free writing tools useful? Do you have any favorite writing tools?

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