There are tons of tools you’ve heard of for writing. There are tons of articles for finding the best ones out there as well. But I decided I needed to put out the tools that I use for drafting up posts on this blog. You don’t need to use the best of the best. What’s important is how comfortable you are with it. With that, here goes the post on free online writing tools to use for great content.
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Free Online Content Writing Tools
The first tool that I (or anyone familiar with content writing) recommend is Grammarly. Here’s why:
Be it the free version (trial version) of Grammarly or the premium one, Grammarly is a must. Especially when you’re producing a lot of content in a short span of time.
To those of you who don’t know, Grammarly is an online software used for proofreading, checking for plagiarism, phrase improvisation, and other goodies. While I use Grammarly most for writing blog posts on this site, it’s also great when I write professional emails, college assignments, or even when I’m writing short stories.
It can’t help with logic, but it definitely helps with spelling and grammatical errors. If you’re on a tight budget and can’t get yourself an editor for your works, Grammarly is the best tool to begin with. It can’t replace the editor of course, but it’s AI. It still does wonders. I’ve been using Grammarly for three years now and still rely on it heavily.
Check out my review on Grammarly Premium.
Grammarly Premium is your choice. It costs a lot – but it’s worth it. However, when it isn’t on your current budget, the free version should do as well. Try the premium later.
Yep, you heard it right – the most dangerous writing app by Squibler.io is exactly what it’s named. The moment you stop typing for a few seconds, all your written works on that page get erased by the app.
Now, why would anyone need that? Well, we are writers, aren’t we? The most procrastinating people living. So this app is great to keep a time limit for whatever we are doing. The minimum limit is five minutes. Stop anywhere below that limit, your work goes away – whoosh! Anything between 5 minutes to an hour gets saved.
While it sounds scary to have all your work gone in a second, it really sets you on fire and you begin to write more focused. But the most important of all… you get work done! Believe it or not, I’m actually using this app for writing this particular part of the article – writing about this app. Now you see why I suddenly seemed so edgy and honest. All thanks to the most dangerous writing app!
Okay, now I’m typing in another safe editor. But here’s the link to it: The Most Dangerous Writing App (squibler.io).
Go ahead, it’s free to use.
3. Google Docs
We all know about Google Docs and probably use it more than we know. Though released a long time ago, it has gained substantial traction recently and getting closer to Microsoft Word day by day.
Google Docs – the web word editing tool – though doesn’t have as many options as Word, it still is great for simple edits, blog writing, formating texts and images, and the greatest of all, sharing your work online with ease.
Not long ago, Grammarly made a beta release on Google Docs. And both tools work great together.
It’s simple to use, distraction-free (apart from the editing toolbar at the top) and the features that we, online writers, generally need are all free.
Want to kickstart your writing career? Here’s a decent writing course on Udemy (1 Hour to Better Content Writing
But what’s an even more writer-friendly editor than Word? It’s Medium.
Have you ever written on Medium.com? You should try that out.
This can be a greater experience for story writers, but I suggest everyone check it out. Not only is their site neat – their text editor for publishers is on a whole different level.
I daresay it is the most distraction-free tool out there compared to anything else. The real magic is that it has a large variety of text editing options without making it even a little complex to a new user. Sometimes I write my blog posts there – not to publish them on Medium. But rather copy all that text later only to put it on this WordPress site.
So when you’re not publishing articles on Medium, you could at least make use of their amazing tool that they’ve gifted to this era of writers.
I’ve written some articles with my phone on Medium and the mobile version of the editor is impressive as well.
Here’s a popular post on this site that might interest you:
This one is more oriented towards blogging and SEO. But everyone can make use of it for online writing to a particular extent.
The readability analysis it provides is reliable, especially when you’re writing articles to be published online. It indicates when:
- You use too many words in a single paragraph.
- You use too many passive sentences.
- Your sentences are just too long and confusing for a reader.
- You cluster too many sentences under one heading.
- You begin sentences with the same starting word continuously.
From an Internet user’s perspective, all of these details matter, and Yoast SEO points it out for you. There are tons of other smaller things that make it very reliable. But let me keep this simple and let you check it out yourself.
For learning SEO from scratch, here’s one of the most popular courses on Udemy at a great price:
It’s free and you can try it out through the Yoast SEO plugin on WordPress. For a quicker trial, check this tool right away here: Real-time Content Analysis with Yoast SEO
Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Wattpad is another great tool one can use for writing. It provides a practice ground for writing informative content in the form of stories.
Why stories? Well, who wishes to read boring descriptive blogs these days? You’ll need to add some flavors to it. That’s where Wattpad will save you. The Wattpad community is purely made of reading-enthusiasts. Meeting the right people and blending in with the right groups can enhance deeply enhance your writing – making even stressful content alluring.
However, the downside is that it takes time to find these people. With most of the content on Wattpad being about teenage romance, it makes it more difficult. The best way is to start writing straight away. They’ll find you instead.
Say you’re working specifically towards story writing, then there isn’t any other platform for you. Wattpad is devoted to story-tellers, that’s your haven.
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Other Writing Tools
There are tons of free writing tools for online content writers out there. There is no ‘best’ list of tools one can use. As long as you’re comfortable with the tools you use and you get work done, it’s cool.
For short notes, some prefer Evernote or Google Keep while others fancy Apple Notes. All of these offer pretty much the same things – they all function damn fine. So a good suggestion would be to stick with the tools that you find most convenient. Tools are made to enhance your performance.
No matter how great they are, that’s all they are.
Here’s a review you might like: