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Writing Apps That Can Improve Your Everyday Writing

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With more people creating content than ever, the quality of writing has often deterioratedLuckily, I’m going to let you in on a secret. With the right tools, you can improve your writing, too. The first step is getting started. Here are five FREE writing apps that can help better your emails, blog posts, tweets and more.

Use writing apps to keep it simple

I use the Hemingway writing app on a daily basis. Think of it as your automated English teacher. It points out simpler adjectives, uses of the passive voice and sentences that are hard to read. All you need to do is enter your selected text and, in return, you’ll receive a score on how ‘readable’ it is. There’s no magic number, but as a rule of thumb I aim for an 8.

Write how you speak

Never put on a telephone voice when you write. If you wouldn’t feel comfortable saying it out loud, don’t put it down on paper. Dragon Dictation, a hands-free, automated transcriber, can help. You’ve spent your whole life learning how to communicate with that voice. Why change when communicating with text?

Use writing apps to perfect your grammar

I know. Groan. But grammar does make a significant difference. Picture this sentence — yes, the one you’re reading right now — without any punctuation. Crazy, right? We’re all time-poor. Add the free Grammarly plug-in to your browser and let it do the hard work for you. You even get email updates on how many words, mistakes and improvements you’ve made each week. Genius.

Go back to basics

The more you write, the more consistent you become, and the better a writer you’ll be. Yet a big part of actually sitting down and doing said writing is the environment. When I need to focus, I opt for one of my favourite writing apps: ZenPen. It’s aesthetically-pleasing and works wonders. Trust me, I wrote this post with its help.

Map it out

Finding your vocabulary a little repetitive? Try VisuWords, a modern thesaurus that maps out words and their alternatives. Perfect for lateral thinkers, this graphical writing app moves beyond synonyms and finds other kinds of relational connections. What’s more, it helps discover new concepts and ideas in ways you can’t with traditional materials.

So, there you have it. Let’s go and make the internet a better place, one well-written sentence at a time.

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  • Melissa

    Hi, Bianca! I discovered your writing on Medium this morning and I was so impressed with your latest post that I decided to read almost everything on your blog. So happy that I found this particular post. I fell in love with ZenPen in literally 5 seconds! Thanks for the tips.

    April 7, 2016 at 6:31 pm Reply
    • biancabass

      Thank you so much, Melissa. I’m really glad you found this post helpful – ZenPen is simple, but somehow incredibly effective! Plenty more posts to come 🙂

      April 10, 2016 at 4:54 pm Reply
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