Essential Online Tools for Writers

I have come up with a list of the main writing tools that I use online. Note that all of these are free but an * will be placed beside those that require an upgrade for better features. (Personally, I think the free versions work. But whatever is best for you.)

  1. http://www.stormboard.com*

Storm board is a great place to collaborate with your friends. (Provided they have an account on said website) It allows you to work with tons of tools built into the software. One of the best things about it is that it has two upgrades. The first upgrade is relatively cheap. The second best thing is that you have unlimited boards without paying for a subscription.

  1. http://www.litlift.com

Lit lift has capabilities beyond my wildest dreams. It will generate characters for you, and it will let you make a master list of all of your original characters. It will even let you upload books and sell them if you desire. It is also absolutely free! They are a nonprofit organization. And they advertise NO sneaky upgrade later. They offer more that I have told you but it’s time to move on!

  1. http://www.atavist.com*

Atavist is a site mainly used for selling your books, though you have to get a monthly subscription to atavist in order to sell. It allows you to style your text, include different types of media in your project. (Including video) But again, to do everything but write on atavist you must get a paid subscription. Again reasonably cheap. About $8 a month.

  1. http://www.writerhymes.com

This is a simple program that requires no payment at all. All you do is write in the provided area and click the word you want to find a rhyme for. It can be very useful for poetry.

  1. http://www.visualthesaurus.com

This thesaurus is for visual learners. This is a free program that allows you to see words connected to one another, and how the words are connected to the different parts of speech.

  1. http://www.powethesaurus.org

This is an online thesaurus where you type in the word you want synonyms (or antonyms) for. It is very simple and easy to use.  Absolutely no payment required.

  1. http://www.otranscribe.com

This is a tool for journalists. This website (for free) turns your audio recordings into a document. The reliability is good, based on reviews. But I have not had an occasion to test the application out.

  1. http://www.wordcounter.net

This website does more than you may think. You may think Word counter…. Hmmm. Don’t I have one of those in Microsoft Word? Well yes, you do. But it only tells you how many words are in your story or article. Word counter will tell you that, but it will also tell you which word you use too often. This tool provides the awareness you need to spice up your writing.

  1. http://www.wridea.com

This website is free and allows you to store your ideas in one place. You can do that on literal paper, on a sticky note on your desktop or a word document. But Wridea allows you to experience what they term “Idea Rain”. All of your separate ideas are posted on the screen in front of you in a random order.  This allows you to see possible connections between two seemingly unrelated ideas.

10.www.mindmeister.com

MindMeister allows you to mind map. You can do that on paper, but paper can get spilled on, ripped, attacked with a crayon (If there are little ones in the house.). Mind map only allows you to save THREE mind maps. Then you need to pay for a subscription. The cheapest subscription is $6. The nice thing about MindMeister subscriptions is not only their price is reasonable, but you only have to pay every 6 months. For the basic subscription, you would need to pay $12 a year.  I think that deal is pretty sweet.

  1. www.Grammarly.com

Grammarly is obviously a grammar program. It checks your grammar THREE times the efficiency of Word spell check. It also teaches you what is wrong so you can learn to avoid the same mistakes you make repeatedly. Several features such as plagiarism checker, vocabulary enhancement, and professional proofreading are included. The last one is where a live person reads your document and gives you feedback. All you need to do is click send. And cough up $37.95 A MONTH! If you have the browser Chrome, you may download the plug-in for free (Not including paid subscription)! The plugin will check your emails, posts on social media, and IMs.

  1. http://www.myWriteClub.com

Last but certainly not least; myWriteClub. MyWriteClub is a useful program, even though it is Beta.Once you have your account, you set up your writing goals. Select your unit of measurement, select how many units, then title your goal. This tool is useful for many reasons, one of them is prioritizing. With all of your goals in one place side by side, it will become easier to decide which one to do first.  Another thing myWriteClub offers are sprints. Sprints are 30 minute periods where you write. You can join someone else’s sprint, (by invitation) the world sprint, or make your own and invite whom you choose. I have used this tool for only a short time, but it is invaluable to me.

Please tell me about any sites I missed. I hope these sites will help you with your writing productivity, and your writing quality as much as they have helped me. Arrivederci!                -Wysteria

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