Updated: Mar 25
Do you ever have a wandering mind when you’re trying to write content for your business? Do you sometimes struggle to articulate your thoughts onto paper?
It’s not easy with the hustle and bustle we live in today.
Writing isn’t just about putting down your ideas and thoughts, it’s about putting them down meaningfully. It’s a whole process in which you need to stay organized in. That can be daunting! Trust me, as a writer, I know!
If you’re new to the world of writing content for your business, you may not be aware of the awesome tools that are available right at the tips of your fingers.
Are you a business owner or a new writer looking for some tools to help get you started? Well, look no further! I’ve got 5 right here for you to add to your writing tools box.
My Favourite Tools As a Creative Writer
Writing can be somewhere between torture and fun sometimes if your writer’s tool belt is not well-equipped.
However, writing has never been easier with these tools!
Writing Tool #1 - Effie
Your ideas matter. Write them down
That's what Effie is all about.
Effie is my favourite writing app.
"I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done." – Steven Wright
How often do you struggle with writer's block because of the endless distractions around you?
Effie’s clean and simple interface allows me to delve deep into my thoughts. There are no distractions such as ads or pictures popping up. This helps me get down my endless thoughts.
It starves my distractions and feeds my focus.
Effie also cares about your organization and thought clarity.
Their app breaks down my complex ideas into a highly visual and stimulating mind map.
With Effie’s mindmap, I can:
make new connections between my ideas
find better solutions faster
retain information quicker
think more creatively
increase my productivity
see the bigger picture of my ideas
I like Effie because of its:
accessibility syncing to all devices
ease to use
mindmaps and lists
privacy and data security
The best writing software, if you ask me.
How beautiful is she?
Get started with Effie here.
Writing Tool #2 - The Writer's Diet
Shape up and sharpen your sentences!
When it’s hard to be objective about your own writing, tools like The Writer’s Diet can help.
If you’re anything like me, you add unnecessary padding to your writing as a bad habit. The Writer’s Diet helps you see the damage you’ve done to your writing.
This tool will show your weakness. Do you use too many adverbs? Too many adjectives?
It breaks it all down for you.
I’ve used it enough that I can recognize the pattern of my writing. Now I’m aware that I use a lot of demonstrative pronouns and be-verbs and I can change my writing to make it more creative and concise accordingly.
There are different themes you can use as well.
There are 5 different word categories it picks up:
adjectives and adverbs
I like The Writer’s Diet because it’s:
connects to Microsoft
Get started with The Writer’s Diet here.
Writing Tool #3 - Daily Page
Create a writing routine.
What’s the secret to becoming a better writer?
There is no secret.
The key to becoming a better writer is to write.
Starting isn’t easy. Developing a routine can be even harder.
But don’t worry, Daily Page has that covered for you. They send you an email every day with a prompt to get you started. You have the entire day to write your response from that point.
Daily Page also offers courses such as:
Screen Writing Essentials
Critique Writing 101
Each course comes with multiple lessons to help you excel and unlock more writing skills.
I like Daily Page because of the:
daily email reminders
Sometimes all you need is a little nudge of motivation to successfully build your writing structure and routine.
Get started with Daily Page here.
Writing Tool #4 - The Most Dangerous Writing App
Say goodbye to internet impulses!
Do you ever find that your 5-minute break becomes 5 hours? Yikes!
The Most Dangerous Writing App is a text editor that will delete everything you’ve typed in a session if you stop typing for the number of minutes your session is timed for.
That’s right! No more taking a ‘break’ and accidentally scrolling through Instagram for 3 hours too long.
The warning comes as your worst nightmare — as fading text. Talk about spooky.
If 5 minutes is too fast for you, there are other options you can pick for the length of your session. You can even go hardcore if your procrastination is just that bad for the day!
I like The Most Dangerous Writing App because it:
gives a fun challenge
keeps me productive
generates writing prompts
Procrastination is a fight we often end up losing, but The Most Dangerous Writing App comes with a cape to save the day!
Sometimes, we just need a little threat to push ourselves to productivity!
Get started with The Most Dangerous Writing App here.
Tip #5 - Hemingway
Writing without editing is like building a house without walls.
You know how it is. Without editing, your writing has fewer chances to improve.
Hemingway is editing software.
Copy and paste your writing to see immediate results on how you can edit your writing. All. For. Free.
BOOM! It’s as simple as that!
“It is perfectly okay to write garbage — as long as you edit brilliantly.” — C.J. Cherryh
There are a few different recommendations that Hemingway provides:
Blue: weak words (change to stronger)
Green: passive voice (change to active)
Purple: too complex (make it simpler)
Yellow: common writing error (shorten your sentence or cut it in half)
Red: difficult to read (re-write the sentence)
I like Hemingway because it’s:
easy to use
creates smoother writing
anyone can use it
it’s cheap or free
you get better the more you use it
Get started with Hemingway here.
There you have it! Whether you’re a new business owner, blogger, journalist, author, or writer for your job, these 5 magical tools will help you scale your content!
Remember the power writing tools bring you: focus, motivation, productivity, and more.
Invest in your writing using these tools to be well-equipped!
Now, get out there and get your creative juices flowing!
Which writing tool is your favourite? What writing tools do you use to help you stay on top of your A-game?
Drop a comment and let’s chat!
“Writing is easy. All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” — Gene Fowler
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