Useful Apps Writers Should Know About

1. Free! Hemingway Editor

This helpful website is perfect for fixing and cleaning up sentences for anything from essays to reports and stories. It helps you through complex and dense sentences, common errors, suggesting bigger words for small and common words, adverbs, and more.

I personally find this website useful since I tend to do a lot of run-on and complex sentences.

2. Free! Google Drive

Good Drive is a great place to go if you’re a writer on the go. Great to use in school, on your phone — honestly anywhere. There so many exciting features about this side of Google like:

  • You can choose to start a new word Document, Spreadsheet, or a Slideshow. And if that’s enough for you, they give you the option to extend out and look for Google apps you can link to your Drive.
  • You can choose from a very wide variety of fonts to use in your Drive.
  • The sharing feature allows you to do many things from reading a shared work, edit someone’s work, sharing your work to be read by someone, and even have someone edit your work easily. What’s even more cool is that if you and the ones you’ve shared your work with, you can all chat together and watch each other comment and edit.
  • 15 GB of space to use. I’ve had my google Drive for years and I’ve barely used a single GB.
  • You can create folders for better organization.
  • Automatic saving so that you don’t have to worry about losing your work if something happens.

3. Free! Evernote

Evernote is a great online tool you can use for anything from lists to writing. You can connect with others, share ideas, sync anywhere whether you’re on your laptop or on your phone. It’s a very flexible place with four different subscriptions to choose from.

  • Basic – Free
  • Plus – $24.99 per year
  • Premium – $49.99 per year
  • Business – $120 per user / per year

4. Subscription! Novlr

While you can use this website for free, it’s only for a limited time, an automatic free trial. And if you like what you see, you can subscribe for $10 a month or $100 a year. It’s simple to use if you still want to be high on organizing things about your novel anything from characters to chapters.

5. Free! Bubbl

This map website allows you to map anything from character outlines to a story. You can use it for free, allowing you 3 maps, or you can subscribe for $6/month for unlimited mind maps, same for $59/year and check out prices for using Bubbl for a company. Also available on iOS.

6. $40 Srivener

The ultimate organizing application for your computer, in my opinion. Complex, very flexible, and very, well, organized, this software is perfectly for multi-purpose use.

7. Free! Sigil

This free software is perfect if you plan on creating your writing into an ebook. It’s simple and easy to use to help better the chances of your ebook coming out in the perfect ebook format.

8. Free! yWriter5

Basically, the free, more simple version of Scrivener if you’re desperate for that organization.

9. Free! LibreOffice

A great word document software for those who don’t want to pay the outrageous price for Microsoft. Works just as well, in my own opinion.

10. Free! OpenOffice

Just another great alternative to Microsoft. Some people prefer OpenOffice, some people prefer LibreOffice.

11. Free! Grammarly

This really cool online software helps you with all things grammar. You can start out as using it for free, or subscribe for up to three different plans if you definitely enjoy it and want more use out of it.

12. Free! Toggl

Toggl is a great website for if you’d like to time yourself writing.

More to come soon!
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