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Free Online Writing Tools I Use to Stay Productive

Who doesn’t want to be more productive: to be able to write more and better? Discipline is key when it comes to productivity, but it alone doesn’t complete the equation. Also needed are the right techniques and tools. As a writer, you are the painter of your thoughts. Refine the artwork and get to finish it faster with these free online writing tools I personally recommend.

Grammarly

In the eyes of internet denizens, there are few crimes as severe as a typo.

Saying something highly controversial?

Internet’s reaction:

Based 😎

Having a typo in your sentence?

Internet’s reaction:

When you make a typo

Yes, even a single typo can make an otherwise professional work looked unprofessional, especially if it is an email.

Manually proofreading your work can be a tiring chore, and there is never the guarantee that you’ll be able to spot all the grammatical mistakes in your text. And it doesn’t help the fact that in the realm of punctuations, almost no one gets it right all the time.

And this is why Grammarly is such an essential writing tool to have in your arsenal. Turn it on and, in real-time, it will automatically detect any potential mistakes in grammar, punctuations, spelling, and word choice.

And, compared to other writing tools on the market, what makes it particularly effective is its remarkable ability to detect context. So, unlike the case with, say, Microsoft Word’s spellchecker, it has a far less likelihood of landing false positives. For instance, if you have typed in a foreign-sounding name, Grammarly will not misidentify it as a mistake.

Capitalize My Titles

Title capitalization is no simple affair. There exist different style guides dictating the rules on title capitalization. Memorizing all of them can be difficult; it is also unnecessary. Capitalize My Title is a nifty lite online tool that resolves your title capitalization dilemma. Simply copy your title, select the style guide, and voilà! Your headline is ready.

Hemingway App

I originally used to hate Hemingway App. But, over time, I have come to realize just how helpful the writing tool really is. It is great for referencing how much unnecessary clutter your writing might have, allowing you to clear it and make it more succinct. It is also helpful for detecting hard-to-read sentences and, for that matter, detecting the overall readability of your written text.

Of course, there is no need to follow its recommendations strictly. You’re not Ernest Hemingway; you are YOU, and thus, have your own unique way of writing. Follow the guidelines only to the extent you think will help.

Microsoft To Do

Had this great topic idea one afternoon but completely forgot about it by the time you started your writing session? It is important to take notes but not just so you can refresh your memory but also stay organized with your work.

Sure, everyone else may recommend Evernote, and it is an incredible task management tool. But, I personally use Microsoft’s To Do, preferring its simplicity and integration with Microsoft’s office – especially helpful since I use Word for all my writing. Plus, unlike Evernote Basic, there is no device limit and notes can be accessed offline.

Google Docs

Does it even need an introduction? Its use, after all, today is quite ubiquitous. Still, some of its main highlights:

Allows multiple users to make real-time changes to the same file simultaneously

Automatically saves previous iterations of the document, which can be viewed and reverted to

An extensive and growing library of add-ons for further upgrades.

A much-more user-friendly suggestion feature compared to Word’s Review

Google Suggestion Feature Highlight

 

Having a word file sent back and forth through email between the team is hectic, inefficient, and outdated. For collaboration on projects, Google Docs isn’t just helpful, it is necessary. If you have a team working on the same document, consider it a must to have Google Docs as your platform of choice.

WordHippo

To keep the writing engaging, one needs to take care and avoid unneeded word repetition. But, alas, even the best of us, at times, can’t help but scratch our heads in trying to think of appropriate word alternatives.

For searching synonyms, phrase alternatives, or words that happen to be the tip of your tongue, WordHippo is my default go-to resource. Compared to a standard thesaurus or even Google Dictionary, the suggestions WordHippo presents are much more extensive and relevant.

Text Handler

Visiting the site may make you feel like you went back in time a decade or so. However, don’t let its relatively antiquated appearance fool you, this online app is super practical. It can remove line breaks and unnecessary spaces between text, convert text to HTML, and change letter cases. All of these are simple but highly useful functions that can save you potentially hours that otherwise would have been spent in tiresome, monotonous manual fixtures.

Clichefinder

Clichés, overused expressions, contribute nothing to your writing except an impression of unoriginality and vexation in the reader. It is always best you avoid clichés, especially when it comes to formal writing. Of course, we may not always be aware of our instances of cliché criminality. This is where Clichefinder comes in handy, pointing out such instances and helping you eliminate them.

 

What tools do you use to add to your productivity? I would love to hear about them from you in the comments. 

 

 

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