No matter how good you are in content writing, there are certain writing tools you must have as a writer because using the right set of tools for any work makes it easier. These tools save you lots of time and stress. In this article, we’ll look at 5 writing tools every writer must have and the benefits of each; they are as follows:
- MS Word/WPS
- Gboard (Google board) app
- Plagiarism Checker
- Google Drive/Dropbox
1. MS Word/WPS: The first and most important tool every writer must have is the MS Word (that is, Microsoft Word) or WPS app, or both. With either of these tools, you can type, edit, format and save your written content on your device. As a writer, MS Word must be installed on your personal computer (laptop or desktop) or on your phone (optional). On the other hand, you can either make use of MS Word or WPS app if you’re using a phone or a tablet.
2. Noisli: When taking on any type of task (such as writing) that requires you to think, it is beneficial to listen to a specific kind of music especially when your writing activity becomes monotonous. This is where you can utilize Noisli because it has distraction-free background music. Natural sounds are used in this tool to boost cognitive function and the ability to focus on challenging activities. Noisli is available both as a downloadable application and as a web extension.
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3. Gboard (Google board) app: Have there been times when you had great ideas but forget them by the time you want to write them down? Or could it be that you didn’t have your writing material close by when an idea dropped? The Gboard app is a tool that can salvage such situations.
It is a multifunctional tool which has voice typing features amidst other features and can be used to develop or flesh out the content of your outline without having to type with your hands. All you need do is download the app into your smartphone and record yourself talking about any choice topic on the app. As you talk into it, your spoken words are converted into text format.
4. Milanote: Milanote is an excellent tool for keeping track of everything in one location. It’s especially helpful when you’re getting started on your research for any content you’ll be writing. This application can help you outline your ideas by allowing you to categorize them.
Outlining your the content of your work makes it easy to determine which topics need to be expanded upon or discussed further, and Milanote helps you outline better because it allows you to view all of your ideas in one place.
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5. Grammarly: The importance of checking for errors in any content before its use cannot be overemphasized thus, the need for every writer to have Grammarly as a handy tool. This is because no one would love to accept, pay for, or publish an unedited article. Avoid detracting your readers by making use of the Grammarly tool as it helps you to spot typos, punctuation, and grammatical errors in your content. Grammarly app has both free and paid versions, and if you prefer writing with your phone, you can download the Grammarly keyboard.
6. Plagiarism Checker Tool: How would you feel as a writer if you were accused of copying another person’s content word for word when it was not your original intention? So bad, I guess. That act of lifting someone else’s words, ideas or content is referred to as plagiarism and to avoid such, it’s ideal for every writer to run their content through a plagiarism checker tool. Some of these tools include Copyscape, Duplichecker, Quetext, Turnitin,1text and a few others.
7. Google Drive (or Dropbox): Working as a writer without a Google drive (or Dropbox) can be likened to one who refuses to save for the rainy day. Think about what happens to your saved contents if your current device develops an irreparable fault, gets missing or/and you decide to get a new device for yourself. If any of these happen, would you still be able to have access to them? That’s why saving your contents up on Google Drive or Dropbox is crucial as it is a great lifesaver for writers; with it, you can access your document from anywhere in the world.