5 Best Tools For Writers

The best writing tools are the ones that inspire and motivate you to write. So how do you find those? It starts with recognizing your own weaknesses, whether it’s a lack of discipline or a shortage of ideas. Next, identify the tool that will help you overcome your weakness. We all have different needs when it comes to writing, but these 10 tools might be able to get any writer back on track:

Microsoft Word

While it’s true that Word is a word processor, not a writing tool, it has different features which you can use as tools. AutoCorrect can be annoying when you type those wrong words and phrases, but its purpose is to make the writing process easier. It watches over your shoulder as you write minor corrections without any minor efforts on your part. However, it is not made for typing.

Word also has a feature called the “research” pane, where you can list your sources as you write and even import information from those sources as you go along. Plus, the dictionary and the thesaurus functions make sure that your words are always correct and appropriate for your subject.

Grammarly

Grammarly is the best writing tool to edit, proofread and rewrite your text. It has an intelligent spell checker that detects mistakes in spelling, grammar, punctuation and even contextual spelling. The tool also automatically corrects misspelt words as you type. But if you’re like me who hates to let go of certain words (somehow), here’s how you can add them back with one click on Grammarly:

It also helps when choosing a word with different meanings. For example, “run” can be either a verb or a noun depending on its use in the sentence so it would be wise to have it defined before typing the word.

Grammarly is available online and as a browser extension.

Evernote

If you have a hard time remembering your ideas, then Evernote is the best tool for writers. It is a notetaking app that can be used to record anything—from simple thoughts to professional anecdotes and even entire manuscripts. It also features a visual layout so it’s easy to see what you have written at a glance. Although most users might consider their notebooks more valuable than what they write in them, this is actually how one should work: Letting valuable content originate from valuable idea sources (i.e., notebooks).

Zen Writer

It’s like Markdown but better! And here’s why: Zen Writer has an add-on that you can use to publish directly from the app. No more copy-pasting and tedious formatting, you can easily publish your work on Medium or other platforms by just clicking buttons.

Zen Writer is meant for writers who don’t want to deal with distractions so it has no internet connection, no social media plug-ins, no sidebars—just text in a simple interface where you can write without any disturbances.

Notion App

The notion is an information-organizing app that lets you organize data in a way that makes sense to you. It also helps in collaboration. The best thing about it, however, is its minimalist design—simple and clean like Zen Writer without the distraction of other functions.

This app lets you create sections for your ideas, notes, drafts and even different versions of a draft. You can also turn on the “focus mode” which lets you get rid of all distractions while writing.

Write or Die

When you need to finish an article within the day then Write or Die is the best tool for writers. It has three different modes: “Good Writer Mode,” which rewards you with bonuses like increasing warmth when typing; “Bad Writer Mode” where it deletes what you wrote if you don’t continue typing; and finally, “I Have Writer’s Block Mode,” which allows you to take a break from writing.

That said, Write or Die is meant for people who need deadlines and it does its job well enough that you will want to finish your work as soon as possible. You can also tag your friends so they can join the typing race!