If you’ve been writing and haven’t been using some of these tools, it means you’ve been doing yourself a great disservice, and you’ve been doing writing the old, hard way. Writing is the only way man has passed knowledge from generation to generation, and the only way knowledge will pass from us to the coming generation. But before the advent of the computers we use today, many writing tools changed over time. From carving on stones, wood and clay to pen and paper, typewriters, and then desktops, writing evolved a lot as humanity itself evolved. And today, writing has gone beyond just writing with pen and paper or typing on a computer, writing has now moved to apps, tools, and software that writers can’t, or shouldn’t do without. In this article, we will look at some of those essential tools every writer should have to make them not just a better writer, but also a faster, less error-prone, and more professional writer.
- Writing Prompts App
Let’s begin this list with a little bit of inspiration. Have you ever wanted to describe something when writing and you can’t seem to find the right descriptive words? We all have. But getting inspiration from writing prompts is one great way to overcome this; you will see terms that will inspire you to come up with yours. You can download “DESCRIPTIONARI” or “WRITING PROMPTS” and begin to enjoy a world of amazing writing prompts, metaphors and fantastic quotes.
N.B: Do not copy the intellectual work(s) of others; only use what you read as an inspiration to come up with yours
- Hubspot’s Blog Idea Generator
Now and then, most of us get stuck in coming up with great topics for our blog post and online articles, and sometimes it takes us an immense amount of time to come up with a single blog topic. Hubspot’s blog idea generator gives you hundreds of blog posts idea in a matter of minutes. All you need do is input three different nouns in the three boxes in the homepage, and click on the “GIVE ME BLOG TOPIC” button underneath the “NOUN” box, and boom! You get a list of five topics in less than five seconds.
Grammarly has three versions — the free version, the premium version and the business version — and each version is great irrespective of your writing level. If you’re a professional writer, the free version might be good enough for you as it helps you highlight various errors in your document — typos, spellings and punctuations. But, if you are not yet a professional writer, you might need to try the premium version as it offers a wider range of document checks. But if you probably own a company where many professional emails are sent, you might need to pay for the business version so you can register as many of your workers as possible. But, rest assured with Grammarly, your chances of making glaring writing errors will become zero.
- Fantasy Name Generator
You’ve read a lot of books and watched a lot of movies, and some of the characters have interesting and memorable names. Sometimes you don’t know how much effort and thinking goes to choosing names until you’re writing and you spend hours trying to come up with a name for your character. Names, as simple as they look can be hard to come up with. But with a tool like Fantasy Name generator, you no longer have to worry about that. It will help you generate names which you can use for your character(s) or from which you can tweak to come up with yours.
Especially when writing fiction, the use of a dictionary cannot be overemphasized. There are some words you feel you already know the meaning and you insert them in your writing, but you decide to look in the dictionary for the meaning only for you to find out that it doesn’t fit into the context. It’s always good to have a dictionary by your side when writing books, journals, professional documents, etc. Save yourself the embarrassment and check the meaning of those vocabularies before you put them in your write-up, it could change the essence of what you have written, and it could make your work somehow complicated to read.
Research has shown that staring at a screen for too long can cause, Eyestrain, blurry vision, dry eyes and long-term vision problems. These are some of the reasons it is advised not to spend too long on computers and phones at night. But, as a writer, your laptop is your greatest tool and there’s nothing that will separate you from it. Well, you don’t have to be separated from it, you should use Flux — a free desktop app that adjusts the brightness of your computer screen at night. Flux helps you adjust the lighting of your computer screen and ensures the adverse effects caused on you by the light from your computer is reduced. Flux can be termed a healthy way to write.
- Hemmingway App Editor
Although this app can sometimes be frustrating, it’s still an excellent app to use once in a while as a writer. The Hemmingway App is an editing app that helps highlight grammar, fluency and sentence structure in a text to help make your writing better and more straightforward to read. It highlights passive voice, adverbs, hard sentence and very hard to read sentences, and then grades you over 15 — the higher you score, the harder your text is to read. Hemmingway app is hard to use because if you’re not careful and follow all the things it highlights as a problem, you might lose your writing style and voice.
Writing sometimes isn’t always complete without one or two images in our text. Like Fred R. Barnard said, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, thus, you should see the picture as a way to write a thousand words in your text without actually writing a thousand words. And there’s no great place to get better graphical design contents for your blog posts than Canva — for free. With Canva, you can choose from thousands of existing templates, use as it is, or edit to fit into your style and use it for anything you want.
If you were to visit the site online, it would be Unsplash.com, but if you were to download the app probably on playstore, you would have to search for ‘Resplash’. Unsplash is an app that has a fantastic collection of H.D pictures you will fall in love with at first glance. You can search for any photo you want and use for your blog posts. For example, search ‘writing’ on Unsplash and see the amazing collection of pictures that will pop-up. You can use them like that, or you can merge them with Canva.
If you’ve ever needed to create a beautiful layout for your words and you couldn’t find a tool for it, then Scribus would have helped you achieve what you wanted. But, not to worry, Scribus will ensure such doesn’t happen to you anymore. Scribus is a free platform that allows you to create professional layouts for all your blog posts, papers and magazines. Although it takes a little bit of leaning, Scribus is still one of the better and cheaper design apps to use.
Writing is not as hard as you think, but without the necessary tools/apps, it can even be harder than you think. We hope this article will help you to know some of those apps/tools other writers have been using to stay ahead.
What writing apps do you use to make yourself a better writer? Could you share it in the comment box? It might be what someone needs to improve and become a better writer.