5 Great Tools for Writers

tools for writersSometimes we get stuck in our ways and forget that there is a whole world out there that invents great ways to get things done. Those great things include some tools that can make a writer’s life easier. Here are five great tools for writers…they just may make your life easier!

Google Drive is a great tool for collaborating on documents. Google saves your work automatically in a cloud and then you can access your writing anywhere. You can also invite others to look at your document, and even edit or comment on it. You can also create surveys, spreadsheets and more. Check it out at http://drive.google.com FREE

Synonyms from your word processor. Sometimes we get stuck in a rut and rely on the same old words and phrases when we write. I’m here to remind you about the synonyms tool on your word processor. Simply right click your mouse (or Control+Click for Mac) and choose synonyms (writing tools for Mac) for a list of alternative word choices. FREE

Grammarly. If grammar rules challenge you (and even if they don’t) this online resource can be a writer’s best friend (or at least an initial editor). You simply go to http://grammarly.com and upload your document to get input on where you can improve your grammar and fix problems. This is a must for any writer submitting work to an agent or a publisher. You don’t have to guess anymore! FREE or $

Storyometer. If you need help asking the right questions, brainstorming ideas, organizing your notes or breaking free of writer’s block–of course there is an app for that!  If you are new to storytelling this app (which works on both iPhones and iPads) will help you work through common creative writing issues. You can learn more about it at http://storyometer.com $

StoryJumper. I ran across http://Storyjumper.com today as I was looking for interesting tools for writers. This is a tool for writers who have a children’s book idea or who want to personalize a story for a family member. I’m recommending this tool for new children’s book writers, but with caution. What I like about StoryJumper is it provides an outlet for a fun, short children’s book. You can input great artwork from their toolbox, which I also like because finding an illustrator is one of the most challenging aspects of writing a children’s book. What I don’t like about this tool is that the final book is quite expensive, which doesn’t make it ideal for an author who wants to mass distribute books. But still, it’s a fun way to create a special children’s book–maybe as your first foray into publishing! $$

*disclaimer…I do not receive any kickbacks for recommending any of these tools.

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