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Top Bloggers And Writers Reveal Their Best Writing Tool

Do you ever find you get stuck when you know you have to write a blog post?

Maybe there are too many distractions for you to concentrate on your writing, or you just don’t have any interesting topics to write about.

Every blogger, brand new or established, has had to learn ways to maximize their writing process so they can continually produce the best content for their audience.

Sometimes the best writing tool or the simplest one can help you write faster, better or more efficiently.

But, which writing tools are the best for bloggers and writers?

I’ve rounded up the top bloggers and writers and asked them one question: What tool has helped you out the most in your writing process?

Sue Anne Dunlevie, Successful Blogging

Sue Anne Dunlevie

Quabel is a distraction-free writing tool and minimalist online text editor. It’s web-based and it automatically backs up your work as you write.

Quabel

Your writing can be exported as a text document – great for writing blog posts. You can also set a writing goal – so much time or so many words – but my favorite part is that I can write with the sounds of a typewriter (reminds me of doing term papers in school!). Follow me @SueAnnDunlevie.

Adrienne Smith, Blogger

Adrienne Smith

I’ve been using Windows Live Writer for a couple of years and it is a Windows based program that comes installed on your computer.  If you have a newer version of Windows all you have to do is install it, but I am not sure if you can use it on a Mac.

Live Writer

When setting up the program for the first time you just add the login details to your WordPress blog and you’re all set to go.

As a newer blogger, I used to type my posts in WordPress itself because when I would type them in Word I had coding issues after I pasted them into the post.  When you type them in your blog, though, you don’t have a backup copy, which, of course, I wasn’t too happy about.  I was introduced to this program and instantly fell in love.

As you write your post it’s showing up as if it’s already published on your blog.  Unless you have other plugins installed on your blog that give you other editing features, it’s as if you’re typing it into your WordPress post.  You can add your images, change your headers and even change the font because you’re able to use whatever fonts you have loaded on your computer.

When you save the draft you can come back to it as many times as you want because the original is on your computer.

You can publish it directly from LiveWriter or you can post the draft to your blog, which will send it directly to WordPress.

It doesn’t have any fancy features like correcting your grammar; it’s just a simple program for typing your post and giving you the opportunity to save it on your computer.  The program is free to use so I’m sure if it was a paid program they would’ve put many more bells and whistles on it.

I wrote a more detailed post about it two years ago if anyone would like to read more about it. Follow me @AdrienneSmith40.

Lauren Tharp, Little Zotz Writing

Lauren Tharp

Writing for myself is easy. Writing for others can be difficult. I’m a people pleaser, so I always want to do everything that’s expected of me and more. Which can be exhausting and lead to burnout – the bane of the freelancer!

There have been times when I’ve been paid for four hours of work, and put in 20. So, in order to make sure I do just enough writing for my clients, I like to use Toggl.

Toggl

Toggl is a free time-tracker app that’s basically a big ol’ stopwatch. It’s super easy to use and you can use it either on your phone or online at their website. It’s helped me stay on track by allowing me to literally track my time, and therefore not give into the temptation to go overboard.

The tool I use isn’t so much a writing tool as it is a tool that helps me to write. Follow me @LittleZotzWrite.

Ariel Rule, Freelance Freedom Fighter

Ariel Rule

My favorite writing tool is called, Coffitivity, and it plays background noise like what you might hear in a coffee shop.

Coffitivity

There’s something about the sound that helps me just slip directly into work mode. My house is pretty rowdy as it is, but even still, jut having it play in the background when I’m trying to work or read is a big mental help.

Plus, it’s free and there’s even an app for smartphones so I can literally take it with me anywhere. Follow me @ArielRule.

Lorraine Reguly, Wording Well

Lorraine Reguly

Written? Kitten! is a FREE tool that is motivating to those who tend to write super-long blog posts and need a bit of inspiration to keep writing.

Written Kitten

Written? Kitten! essentially provides you with an empty screen in the shape of a box. To use it, you simply begin typing your words. After the 100th word, an image will pop up. Generally it’s an image of a kitten (hence the name).

Of course, you ought to be a fan of animals to use this tool. It is especially great for us cat-lovers!

However, if you are a “dog person,” don’t fret. This tool allows you to change the image option from “kitten” to “puppy.”

And if you’d rather see an image of a “bunny,” you’re in luck – as this is the third and final choice you have. 😉

The tool also permits you to set the number of words before a new image appears from 100 to 200 or 500 or 1000.

Once you are finished typing your words (whether they are to be part of a blog post, an e-book, or something else), all you have to do is copy/paste your text into either your blog editor, a Word document, or another destination.

I love Written? Kitten! It might seem like a tool that’s a bit juvenile, but it’s nice to have that extra incentive of seeing a new picture as motivation to either keep typing or to type faster!

Written? Kitten! definitely gets a “thumbs up” from me! Follow me @LorraineReguly.

Brent Jones, Brent Jones Online

Brent Jones

My topics.txt file that I continually edit in Notepad is – without a doubt  – the most important tool in my writing process. Let me explain.

Notepad

My greatest source of new blog post ideas comes from my freelancing work  – and if it weren’t for a convenient place to store those ideas, I would mostly certainly forget each and every one of them.

For instance, I often find myself searching for the answer to a question during the day while doing work for my clients. An example might be, “How could I increase engagement on Twitter?”

I immediately write that question down. After all, if I have that question, others must, too.

As another example, a client reached out the other day and asked me, “What’s the value in blog commenting if the backlinks I get are ‘nofollow’?”

Right there. Boom! Another great blog post topic.

And as I complete my work each day, I find myself coming up with dozens of new potential blog post ideas. I jot each of them down in Notepad for future reference. That .txt file gets synced with my Google Drive, so I have access to it from anywhere. (As I understand it, Evernote might be a simpler alternative that does the very same thing…)

So, as I begin to plan out my content calendar – usually using Google Calendar – I will assign certain topics I’ve jotted down as content for my own blog, content for other blogs I write for, and content for guest posts I’m crafting.

This isn’t by any means a complicated or highly technical system… it’s just my process. Writers – especially in the online space who often write blog posts and articles – constantly find themselves stuck for ideas… and that is one problem I just never seem to run into.

Whatever text editor you decide to use, just pick one! Too many great ideas get lost in the shuffle of everyday life.

Before you know it, you’ll have a resource of dozens – hundreds? – of topics to write on. Follow me @BrentJOnline.

Sharon Hurley Hall, Freelance Writer

Sharon Hurley Hall

I’m a professional blogger and writer and Scrivener is one of my favorite tools. Originally designed to help novelists manage their manuscripts, Scrivener is an excellent organizational tool, especially if you blog for multiple clients and outlets. Scrivener works with documents, folders, labels and statuses, all within individual projects.

Scrivener

I start a new project every year, with folders for each month, and documents for each piece of writing completed that month. I use color-coded labels for where each piece of writing is in the process, from notes to invoiced, paid and live.

And I use status labels for the different topics I cover. I also include client initials within the title of each document. Scrivener includes great search features so I can always find what I’ve previously written on a topic, and it allows you to import and save your research offline.

The only complaint I have is that adding links is cumbersome, though if you are happy to use Markdown that won’t be a problem for you. Other than that, Scrivener is a great tool and the ability to back up automatically to Dropbox is another big plus.

Scrivener is available for both PC and Mac from Literature and Latte. The price is $40, but you can try it free for 30 days, plus there is usually a deal available around NaNoWriMo time in November. Follow me @SHurleyHall.

Bryan Collins, Become A Writer Today

Bryan Collins

I use Evernote to organize all of my research, a significant part of my writing and even areas of my personal life. It’s become my digital brain and my go-to personal library of information.

Evernote

I actually took out an Evernote account a few months after it was released several years ago, but I only started getting the most from Evernote last year. Since then, it’s become an indispensable writing and research tool.

What I really like about Evernote is that you can save almost anything in it.  I can capture text, written or audio notes on the go using my phone, laptop or computer.

For example, sometimes I listen to audio books in the car. Before I get out of my car, I dictate some thoughts into Evernote and then return to these later on. I also regularly save articles, blog posts and even eBooks that I read online. It’s great to be able to find all of this information in one place when I need it for a blog post or book chapter.

One trick to getting more from Evernote is to use lots of tags for your notes, but only use two primary notebooks. This is because a note in Evernote can only exist in one notebook at a time, but it can have multiple tags. My notebooks are simply called Archive and Inbox.

For example, if I read a great blog post about creativity, I save it in my Inbox. Later on, I tag the note with tags like “Creativity” and “Writing” and I add some thoughts and then move it to my Archive. This isn’t the only way to use Evernote, but it works for me.

The only thing I don’t like about Evernote is that the Windows version is more clunky and not as pretty as the Mac version, but hey it’s still a great tool. Evernote is free but I pay for the premium version as I sometimes go over my monthly allowance and I like that premium users can search and annotate PDFs and Microsoft Office documents.

Now as much as I love Evernote, the act of writing is always more important than any tool and I’d always advise someone to use what works and stick with it. Follow me @BryanJCollins.

Tor Refsland, Time Management Chef

Tor Refsland

My favorite writing tool is Microsoft Word.

When I need to focus and dive into my writing, I use the “Full Screen” view.

Microsoft Word

This will make sure that only one page is appearing on the entire screen. In other words, it helps me to REMOVE distractions and focus on the most important activity in a content creating process…

WRITING.

What do I like about Microsoft Word?

Simplicity.

As a blogger and productivity coach, it’s crucial that I spend every single minute of my day on my most important tasks.

I am a big fan of the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In other words, if you have a certain tool that works very well for a certain activity, why spend a lot of time to constantly be looking for something better?

If you have a writing tool that gets the job done, spend your time and your most important task…

TO WRITE.

Keeping things simple and just focusing on writing has yielded me some great results in a short period of time.

In about 8 months I have won an award for “Most Epic” blog post on Boost Blog Traffic (Jon Morrow’s blog), got interviewed 8 times, written 17 guest posts for big blogs and been featured as an expert on 26 websites.

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If I were to do a bigger writing project, like a book, I would collect my research in Evernote. However, I would still do my writing in Microsoft Word.

I firmly believe that there is no magic bullet when it comes to a writing tool. I could, of course, use a more complex and fancy writing tool. That being said, I don’t think it would help me to write better.

Hemingway didn’t have a fancy writing tool, and he kind of did fine…

Microsoft Word is a part of the Microsoft Office bundle. Follow me @TorRefsland.

Pam Neely, Marketing Content Creator

Pam Neely

My favorite writing tool is a sand timer. It runs out at about 33 minutes. I use it according to the Pomodoro Technique. That’s a productivity method where you focus intensely for short bursts of time with rests between.

Pomodoro Technique

Traditionally, “pomodoros” last 25 minutes long. You use them to track how much time you actually spend working, rather than just doing busywork. I only count pomodoros for writing – not for invoicing, or social media, or anything else.

Counting pomodoros also helps you allocate reasonable amounts of time for each task. For example, I know a blog post takes me between 5 and 7 pomodoros if it’s simple and short, and up to 10 pomodoros if it’s long and requires a lot of research. Counting pomodoros also shows me how much time I’m actually taking for each client, so I’m able to track my true hourly rate.

The walls of my office are painted with IdeaPaint (like a whiteboard). One wall is marked off as a grid. The wall fits about two months’ worth of days. For every pomodoro, I make a slash on that day. Each slash is color-coded according to each client. I can’t ever have more than seven clients, because then I’d run out of marker colors. 😉

By making those color-coded slashes, I can see the patterns of how I work (or don’t work) and which clients are hurting my hourly rate. I can also watch my productivity improve and be realistic with clients about deadlines or extra work.

The biggest benefit of the pomodoro technique is that it gets you to just sit down in the chair and focus. It’s slashed my procrastination around writing to the point where I can now comfortably publish about 11,000 words or more per week.

There are dozens of apps for the Pomodoro Technique (search for “Pomodoro Timer”). They all have more bells and whistles than I want. I had been using the free app “Simple Pomodoro Timer”, which is great, but I was using it so much I was wearing my phone battery down all the time. The sand timer doesn’t have that problem. Follow me @PamellaNeely.

KeriLynn Engel, Freelance Writer

KeriLynn Engel

I use Google Drive from my Chromebook for pretty much everything related to my freelance business — writing, client management, manual invoicing, etc.

I love having everything all in one place, automatically backed up to the cloud, and having it accessible from any computer or device I use. If my computer suddenly implodes or something, my files will be safe — no need to run backups. I also love the simple and intuitive interface.

I get really frustrated now whenever I try to use Microsoft Word because the menus are so bloated and it’s impossible to find the specific tool or function I’m looking for. With Google Drive, you can literally just search the menu if you can’t find a feature – but because it’s so simple, everything’s easy to find.

The only thing I don’t like about it is the missing em dash key. I use a lot of em dashes, but there’s no dedicated key or menu option or keyboard shortcut for them. So I installed a Chrome extension called Accent Grid, which adds a customizable menu of special characters you can click to copy them to your clipboard.

Accent Grid

In Google Drive, I also use a few extensions to make my work easier: HelloSign to fill out and sign PDFs, PicMonkey to edit images, and ZIP Extractor (or the website Unzip Online) to unzip files online.

Google Drive is free to use with your Google account, and you get 15GB of free storage. The great thing about it is native Google filetypes don’t count towards your storage quota — just other files like PDFs, images, etc. Follow me @kerilynnengel.

Devesh Sharma, WPKube

Devesh Sharma

Trello is a fantastic tool for managing writers or your team. I haven’t found any similar service that solves the problem of managing a team from a single dashboard, so effectively.

Trello

Apart from that, you can also manage your projects, create to-do lists, and business roadmaps. Plus it is free to use. They do have premium plans, but you can get most of the work done with their free plan. Follow me @Devesh.

Elna Cain, Innovative Ink

Elna Cain

As a freelance writer, the one thing I had to learn quickly was there is a style to writing for the web.

From breaking up your text with shorter paragraphs to using lists to add more whitespace, content online has to be easy to scan and read.

And one writing tool I use to ensure I have easy to read content is Readability Score.

Readability Score

All you do is copy and paste your text, URL, or – if you are a premium supporter –PDF or document, and you’ll receive a readability grade.

Some of the best books that have stood the test of time have a 4th-8th grade reading level. So, when I write content for my blog – or for clients – I avoid using complex words and make my writing more casual and conversational.

No one wants to use a thesaurus or dictionary when they read a blog post, right? Follow me @ECainWrites.

Sarah Peterson, Unsettle

Sarah Peterson

I use Byword the most in my writing process. Byword is a simple app for Mac devices that provides a plain white or black background.

Byword

It’s not a web-based app so it cuts out distractions and just provides a lot of focus. You can publish on most publishing platforms right from Byword (WordPress, etc) but I don’t choose to do this – I just copy and paste. Follow me @PetersonSar.

Adam Connell, Blogging Wizard

Adam Connell

I started testing Grammarly recently and it’s fast becoming one of my favorite tools.

Grammarly

I use Grammarly to root out spelling, punctuation, and grammar mistakes that I might have missed.

I also use the tool to improve other elements of my writing such as style and sentence structure.

Grammarly looks at 250 points of grammar – including the likes of style, spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure and context based spelling mistakes.

There is a Chrome Extension, which adds a green icon below text boxes; this means you can use the proofreading tool within WordPress, Gmail or anywhere else within your browser.

Inside the Grammarly app, you can activate plagiarism detection that will check the content to ensure originality.

There’s also a vocabulary enhancement feature you can activate which will provide suggestions to diversify your writing. For example, running an old blog post through the app highlighted an overused word in the first sentence.

Grammarly Example

One option that seems to be lacking is the ability to switch to different variations of English (e.g. US and the UK).

It defaults to the US, which works for me as I mostly write for a US-based audience.

If you use the Chrome Extension, you’ll see the Grammarly logo appear in the bottom right-hand corner of any text boxes, and you’ll get suggestions as you write.

As the logo appears on the right, it occasionally gets in the way. Ultimately, it’s more of a help than a hindrance but when I’m not using it, I have the option of disabling the Extension.

When going through issues flagged up by the app, there will be some recommendations that don’t fit, so occasionally you’ll need to use your judgment.

There will always be issues that automated tools won’t spot – they can only take you so far and won’t replace a human proofreader. It’s not perfect, but it does a great job overall.

So if you want to get some insights into how to improve your writing and you want to spot potential mistakes before you publish, Grammarly can help.

Sign up at Grammarly.com, plans start at $29.95/month or use their free Chrome app, which comes with basic functionality. Follow me @AdamJayC.

Wrapping it up

There you have it! Some of the top bloggers and writers from all over have revealed their go-to writing tool in helping them write with ease.

From helping generate topics to helping improve your focus, to even helping you catch all your grammar mistakes, writing tools can be your secret blogging ally.

Over to you – what is your favorite writing tool? And how does it help you with your writing process?

About Elna Cain

Elna Cain is a freelance writer who offers ghostwriting, copywriting and blogging services. She works closely with B2C and B2B businesses providing digital marketing content that gains social media attention and increases their search engine visibility. Check out her new free email course for bloggers and writers, Get Paid to Write Online.

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  • Hi Adam and Elna.

    Great article!

    Thanks a lot for including me 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Best,

    Tor

    • Hey Tor, thanks for being involved 🙂

      You too!

      Best,
      Adam

    • Elna Cain

      Hi Tor,

      Thanks for contributing. It’s great to see which writing tools all the big bloggers and writers use!

      • I agree! I love learning about who uses what.

        Thanks for asking me for my contribution, too.

        Sorry this comment is so short; I’m using my phone to comment and share, as I am currently at SickKids helping my sister with my niece.

        • Elna Cain

          Hey Lorraine! Thanks again for contributing. I’ve never heard of Written Kitten and it sounds fun and motivating!

          So glad your niece is doing better!

  • Hey Adam and Elna,

    Wow, I love that every single person you asked had a different program they use. I think it’s so cool to see what others use but at the same time I’m introduced to other writing programs I knew nothing about.

    I appreciate being included here Elna, thanks so much for letting me participate. Adam, I just have to say that Elna has been doing such a great job with her posts so you’ve done really good my friend having her write for you.

    Just want to thank you both and I’ll be sure to pass this gem around.

    ~Adrienne

    • Hey Adrienne, thanks for dropping by and taking part 🙂

      So true, Elna is doing such an awesome job!

      Talk soon,
      Adam

    • Elna Cain

      Hi Adrienne! Thanks so much for your compliment! And thanks for contributing to my post! I was happy when everyone I asked had a different tool they used!

      You’re right, there are a lot of different tools I never heard of, so organizing the post was an eye-opener for a freelance writer!

  • Awesome article

    • Elna Cain

      Tessa,

      Thanks! Glad you found this helpful. Do you have a writing tool you use?

      • I use MS word, Evernote, Blogger & WordPress

  • Hey There Adam, Elna,

    Looks like you’ve got another knockout post here!

    I just wanted to stop by and share a writing tool of my own that I didn’t see listed. As Tor mentioned, Hemingway didn’t have a fancy writing tool to use, but he does have one named after him…

    It’s called the Hemingway Editor, and it’s a fantastic online (and free!) tool that can be used in a “write” mode for distraction-free creation. Once you’re finished, you can switch to “edit” mode and the program will highlight a variety of things that help clean up and simplify your content:

    – It points out Adverbs (which should be replaced with stronger verbs)

    – It lets you know when your Shakespeare is showing and helps you simplify complex phrases

    – It points out usage of passive voice, so you can make it sound more confident and present.

    – It assigns a readability score as well

    The web app includes all the formatting tools you expect, from headers to bold and italics. You can purchase a desktop app too if you prefer to work offline. Can’t recommend it enough, it combines a huge amount of feedback into one tool!

    Feel free to shoot me an email (Matt (at) On Blast Blog (dot) com) when you’re prepping your next roundup. Keep up the great work guys!

    • Hey Matt,

      Thanks for the kind words & dropping by with a great suggestion.

      I’ve used the Hemingway app quite a bit in the past, I really need to get into the habit of using it more – it’s such a simple yet effective tool.

      Great suggestion – thanks Matt!

      – Adam

    • Elna Cain

      Matt!

      I heard about the Hemingway editing tool, but haven’t had a chance to use it. I use Grammarly and it’s been helpful for my writing pieces. I’ll have to take a look and maybe use two levels of editing to sharpen my writing even more!

      Thanks for the review.

  • Ava Jarvis

    I love this post. Excellent to see so many different tools. I know maybe a quarter of them—my prime tools these days include Evernote and the Pomodoro method.

    I’ll throw in another tool—Google Calendar, or really, any calendaring system, up to and including old-fashioned planners.

    The reason is that without timing guidance, it’s too easy to spend too much time on certain tasks. Planning things out hour-by-hour, though it sounds tedious, has really helped my time-management skills.

    On Google Calendar, I create multiple calendars with different notification settings. For serious events and meetings (like interviews) I schedule them in my calendar that notifies me a day ahead of time, then hours ahead of time, then 30 minutes ahead, etc.

    But my most valuable entries are on the Ad-Hoc calendar—these are where I schedule out an hour of my time to, say, do research, write blog posts, do finances and operations, read books. I tend to do this the night before, as that gives me a great opportunity to review and prepare for the next day.

    • Elna Cain

      Ava,

      Great tool! I personally use the calendar on my MAC, but I sync it with my Google Calendar. I tend to write things down, but now that my freelance writing business is booming, I need a better system. I find Google Projects the best to keep my projects in order and my calendar for deadlines and coaching appointment. It definitely helps to stay organized!

    • Ava,

      Good point about Calendars – it’s super important to be able to visualize what we’re working on and time blocks is a good way to do it.

      I’ve been using Google Docs for this too, very simple to use.

      Recently tried out TeuxDeux as it displays to-do lists in a calendar style layout, but I’m finding that I miss seeing my time blocked out, so I end up still using Google Calendar.

      This morning I found another tool, https://getplan.co/. Seems to do a good job of combining a regular style calendar with to-do list management.

      Very early days yet though.

  • What an excellent post, Elna — great job here!

    So pleased you asked me to participate. I hope my old Widows 95 technology of Notepad wasn’t too outdated. 😉

    Loved the formatting of this post, too.

    But my favorite part of all is getting to answer alongside so many of my blogging friends who I know well and respect.

    Keep up the great work!

    (You too, @adamjayc:disqus!)

    • Brent, thanks so much!

      I love your approach with Notepad. It might sound strange but out of all of the tools I use, Notepad is one I use the most.

      For example, if I’m promoting a post, I’ll get all the important information into a Notepad file so I can cut & paste URL, titles and other details easier.

      So simple, yet so useful.

      • That’s exactly right! Especially when you get a dual monitor situation going — I’m dropping notes to copy and paste into Notepad all day long!

    • Elna Cain

      Hi Brent!

      Notepad rocks! It’s usually the simple tools that are the most effective! As a freelance writer I tend to stick to an editing tool (Grammarly), CopyScape (just in case) and a readability tool to check the ease of my writing.

      • As a fellow freelance writer, I feel like I should check out some of the tools you’re mentioning… LOL

  • Hi,

    I love Grammarly, Evernote and Trello. 3 most used tools for me.

    Thanks for introducing me to more bloggers. I love a blogger. 🙂

    Best,

    Steven

    • Elna Cain

      Steven, I also use Trello, but that’s more for my day-to-day tasks or chores around the house. It’s my digital to-do list!

      Glad to introduce you to some awesome bloggers and writers!

  • Great roundup, Elna, and thanks for including me. It’s great to learn about new tools that I could try, and to see how other writers handle the issues we all face.

    • Elna Cain

      Hey Sharon,

      Thanks for participating! I like how you’re the go-to gal for anything Scrivener! I still haven’t adopted this tool and not sure if I will, but it’s good to know if I have quesitons I know wehre to go!

  • Leslie L Denning

    Hi Elna. Fascinating post! I never really thought about using writing software for my writing. I used to write directly to my blog but then I accidentally deleted it one time. Eek! Now I use Microsoft Word because it does a good job of checking my spelling in my grammar, but I think I’ll try Kitten because I’m trying to write longer blog posts that I have been.

    I’m also trying to use my Dragon software to write. It’s been kind of a learning curve but right now that’s what I’m using to comment on this post, because I realized that unless I started using it I wouldn’t get any better at it. LOL

    Thanks so much for highlighting all these writers. It’s fun to see how other people get work done.

    All the best,

    Leslie

    • Elna Cain

      Hi Leslie,
      That’s great! I haven’t used Dragon speaking software but I hear it’s a great tool to use!

      I write most of my pieces either in MS Word or Google Docs. I find the formatting the best in Word and not so much in Docs. To each his own, right?

  • Elna, nice round up and some good tools to consider. Thanks for sharing.

    I personally use a combination of Zenpen.io (for pure flow of words) and then hemingwayapp.com (for direct style of writing) to refine it. I hope someone will find any of them useful.

    I am going to try a few from the list you mentioned. Keep writing these useful posts for us. Cheers.

    • Elna Cain

      Hi Ahmad,

      I’ve never head of Zenpen so thanks for the recommendation! I’ll be sure to check it out. Glad you found the list helpful!

  • Sue Anne Dunlevie

    I also love Evernote, Grammarly, Google Docs and Trello. Great article, Elna, and thanks for including me!

    Sue

    • Elna Cain

      Hey Sue!
      Glad you liked. Grammarly and Trello are awesome aren’t they! I haven’t tried Evernote, but I hear it’s good too. Google Docs is somethign I recentlyu adopted and I love it.

  • I like Evernote, Grammarly and of course Notepad. Thanks for this article. Feel happy to know that many use Evernote like me.

    • Elna Cain

      Manju,

      I like Grammarly too! I only really use Notepad for jotting down topic ideas or notes when I research. It’s always open on my desktop.

      I haven’t used Evernote, but Trello seems to work for me right now!

  • Jasper Oldersom

    Hi Elna,

    I love everyone’s recommendations. I thought I knew quite some writing tools, but I didn’t know most of these.

    Yep, I absolutely get stuck when writing sometimes…I guess we all do, even though writing is easier for some than others.

    Quabel sounds really cool for that typewriter function..My gosh, I can already hear myself typing away. I’ll have to try that.

    Toggl is also a good one because you definitely have to watch your time when you start writing for others. I know what Lauren is talking about.

    I don’t really see the value of Written? Kitten! but hey, if it works for some 😉

    My personal favorites are Evernote and the Hemingway desktop app!

    I will absolutely bookmark this one and check some of these out later today.

    – Jasper

    • Elna Cain

      Jasper,

      Yeah, these tools can really help you with your writing process for sure! In my case, it’s managing my time for my client pieces and getting in “the moment” for writing.

      With twin toddlers, getting “in the moment” can be challenging!

  • Thanks for including me in this great roundup Elna. There are some really great tools here.

    • Elna Cain

      Hey Bryan,

      Thanks for contributing! It’s neat to see all the different tools bloggers and writers use, isn’t it? There’s so many I haven’t heard about that it will be fun to try them out!

  • pamellaneely

    Terrific article Elna! Great to see everybody’s top tools.

    I have to chime in about Hemingway and Grammarly. I don’t publish anything without them.

    Thanks for including me.

    • Elna Cain

      Pam!

      Thanks for contributing! I agree with Grammarly. It really speeds up the editing procuess for me when I have multiple pieces to turn in.

  • Thanks for nice round up, Elna!

    This post brings me a really tremendous pleasure to read. Top bloggers advice is must-have to be familiarized with. I will definitely try Readability Score and Quabel (I haven’t used it before) Besides, I like Evernote, Google Docs and Unplag

    – Nancy

    • Elna Cain

      Hi Nancy,

      Yeah, each of these tools mentioned can really help you with your blog post process. I really like the readability tool because it give me a gauge to go by. Glad you found some new tools to try!

  • Phil Gregory

    Tor, Microsoft Word is a pretty awful tool because it adds it’s own hideous version of html to everything, surely you are better off using a text editor with no formatting like Sublime Text?

    • Phil, good point about the nasty HTML that can get pasted across. In WordPress there is a “clear formatting” button which will remove all of that easily.

      Overall, as far as general Word processors go, I quite like it. Sublime Text is a new one to me, thanks for mentioning it!

  • Sherman Smith

    Hey Adam and Elna,

    It’s great to see what writing tools others are using. There’s a plethora that are out the and I like the fact that they showed why they like the tools they use.

    One tool that seems quite common is evernote. I use it consists simply to jot down ideas or just to take notes. IN this case it helps me not forget a great idea for a topic which i use to hate when I did forget before using evernote.

    The actual writing tool that I use to write my drafts is Pages. It’s quite similar to Microsoft Word and word perfect (writing tool for all of you old school windows users). The main reason I started using it is because for the past 4 years I started using macs over PC’s and I’m loving it!

    Thanks for sharing! Have a good one!

    • Elna Cain

      Old school’s the best right?

      I like to keep things simple. For the longest time I was using a notepad and pen for everything. It was only recently that I adopted Google Drive and Trello!

    • Hey Sherman, thanks for stopping by!

      I’m considering moving over to Mac’s, if I do I’ll have to check out Pages.

      Thanks,
      Adam

  • I am surprised my favorite writing tool is not mentioned here. I use DeskPM. It is a app for Mac and does cost $29 but worth every penny as it provides a wonderful writing experience.

    This is a great articles that shows the diversity in writing tools used. Good to know there are a lot out there that people use, and seems we all have our favorites.

    • Elna Cain

      Hi Rob,

      I’ve never heard of DeskPM. I’ll be sure to take a look at it. I tend to need absolute quiet when I write so I don’t use tools while I write. Mostly I use them after I write. But, I’m always open to things that will increase my productivity!

  • I love grammarly and microsoft word too. Thanks for sharing this, Adam and Elna.

    • Elna Cain

      Hey Mercy!

      Isn’t Grammarly good? I know it doesn’t catch
      absolutely everything, but it doesn’t a pretty good job. I tend to run
      through several edits before I’m satisfied (I proof read it, then
      Grammarly, then a peer proof reads it and then I give it a final once
      over).

  • Awesome to be on this list with so many other amazing people! Thanks guys!

    • Elna Cain

      Hey girl!

      Thanks for offering your go-to writing tool. I’ve never heard of Coffitivity.

      I need quiet for me to write, that’s why I can only write when my children sleeping or outside with gran.

  • Hi Elna,

    This is great roundup you’ve done here and its been fascinating to see all the different tools being used by these writers and bloggers.

    I tend to write in MS Word, but don’t copy into WP because it just takes a lot of unwanted stuff across, so most often I’ll save as a txt document. (I’m copying into Thrive Content Builder, so text works best!)

    Certainly got a few more tools to look into now after this post!
    – David

    • Elna Cain

      Hi David,

      That’s great you found some new tools to try out! I did to when formatting the post. I write most of my client pieces in MS Word myself. It’s my go-to application. I’m not fond of Google Docs for writing as I have to manually insert space after paragraph continually! grr..

      Enjoy exploring new writing tools!

  • That’s right, Elna.

  • Hi Elna,

    Tor has got it. For all the fancy tools out there, just opening Word and writing about 1 topic is where it’s at. For me, blog commenting and writing pillar style posts in Word – and uploading to my blog – have always yielded me the best results. Writing in silence has been a biggie for me too because when I’m writing in quiet the words flow so freaking quickly, it’s not enough funny.

    Thanks guys for the share.

    Ryan

    • Elna Cain

      I totally get you Ryan! I’m the same. I actually do need peace and quite for me to focus on my writing – especially for that pillar type content.
      I use Word for my client pieces and I like better than Google Docs!

  • Hi Adam and Elna,

    It’s good to see you, Elna.

    You have listed some great writers here. I know most of them. Adirenne is an amazing blogger, writer, marketer and more. She has achieved a lot.

    Adam himself has shared many tips for new bloggers. I am sure people are following him.
    Sue Annie from succssfulblogging.com is also a great writer. I just read her article.

    Great post.
    Enjoy your day.
    ~Ravi

    • Elna Cain

      You’re right Ravi! All those people are wonderful writers and bloggers. That’s why I invited them to contribute. I value every one of these writers and bloggers and am glad to know them.

      Thanks again for commenting!

  • Juan Castro

    Hi, great piece. I was wondering if you also use thesaurus tools for your day to day writing. How about apps like hemingwayapp.com or writefullapp.com? Do you think they can help?

    • Elna Cain

      Hi Juan,

      I’m actually interested in trying out the Hemingway app. While I religiously use Grammarly, it just doesn’t catch some of my wordiness or awkwardness. I’m hoping if I use both of these tools, they’ll catch most of my mistakes!

  • Tina

    Thank you so much for this article! I discovered Quabel and Grammarly through this, and they’ve both been sooo fantastic as my writing tools.

  • Hi Adam and Elna,
    Thanks for writing this great article. I am looking for this type of articles. And now i will improve my role as a freelance writer.
    Thanks again….

    • Hi Naveen, glad you found Elna’s post helpful.

      Good luck on your freelancing journey 🙂

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