Depending on the time of day, the project you’re working on and your level of motivation, writing can either be easy or hard. It can be fun, boring, empowering or draining. It can be a hobby or it can pay the bills. But whatever it is to you at the moment, it’s about to get much harder to write poorly thanks to these awesome new writing resources I’ve just rounded up. There are now so many great writing tools, apps and services that it can be hard to sort through them to find the real gems. Luckily for you I’ve already done all of the hard work.
What you won’t find here are writing programs (minimal, as is the new trend, full-featured, online, markdown-capable or otherwise). That’s a post for another day. What you will find here are tools to motivate you, tools to make sure you’re writing correctly and even a tool to help you get paid to write what you’re really passionate about. Enjoy!
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You’re probably writing wrong. Grammarly can fix that for you, though, by finding up to 10x more mistakes than your favorite word processor. It can fix over 250 types of errors (most of of can’t be found by Microsoft Word), can provide context-optimized synonym suggestions and help you learn from mistakes to help you avoid them in the future. It works anywhere (even in emails or social media posts) and it’s completely free!
Everyone wants to write a book — non-writers included. But actually finishing that book is another story. It can be hard and can feel overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to. BlankPage helps you finish your novel online, when you want, wherever you are, in just 20 minutes a day! BlankPage helps you structure your book and creates daily writing goals to help you track your progress. You’ll also get inspiration from a collection of writer’s material.
Whereas BlankPage is all about writing a book, Daily Page is all about writing — in general. When you signup for Daily Page you’ll receive a writing prompt via email every morning. Just write your response by the end of the day and choose whether or not to keep it private or to make it public in order to share with the community. This is a great way to get those creative juices flowing!
Beacon is crowdfunding for journalism. If you have a story you want to write, Beacon can connect you to a paying audience. It’s like Kickstarter for articles where backers can choose writing to fund rather than gadgets or products. Just from browsing the homepage, it’s obvious that writers are pulling in serious dollars to write about their passion projects.
Writefull aims to make writers more confident. It does this by allowing you to select a few words you’ve written (in any writing program by using the control + spacebar shortcut) and check that text against databases of correct language. Not only can you see how many search results there are for a certain phrase (a good way to gauge interest in your topic), but you can also see examples of words/phrase used in context and see how often synonyms used appear in other texts. Checks your words against Google Books, Google Web and Google Scholar.