3 (and a Half) Awesome Writing Tools to Improve Your Skills
Why do I Need Writing Tools?
Why would you want to improve your skills, do you ask? Here are some fun facts.
- The ‘average American’ reads at a 2nd-grade level.
- Only 15% of people rank with full literacy skills.
- In Australia, the result is not much better with a meagre 16% in the top ranking.
- 46% of Australians are considered too illiterate to operate in society.
As the name would imply Grammarly fixes all your grammar and punctuating needs. It is a free Chrome extension, meaning it will alert you of mistakes on anything you do inside the browser. Sick of grammar nazi’s correcting you on Facebook? Struggle to send emails to prospective employers? Fear no more!
Writing tools like this literally cannot be any easier to use. Simply keep an eye out for the small green circle (bottom right in the image below) and the extension will have you writing like a pro in no time. Click here to check it out.
2. Hemmingway Editor
Complexity of sentence structure and length
Hard to read sentences
Overuse of adverbs
3. Portent’s Content Idea Generator
Stuck for a topic idea? Not sure how to structure your headline? Your problem has been solved with this nifty little creation. All you do is punch in your topic, and it’ll throw out headline ideas. Check out the example in the image below to see what this article could have been about!
Sure some of the titles might not be relevant, and I’ll keep this one in the bank for down the line, but the writing tool does help to get the creative juices flowing. It can also help you to structure your headlines. Head on over to the Portent site to check it out for yourself and start generating better titles today!
3.5 Title Capitalisation
As promised, I’ve thrown in a little half tool to boot, because this used to be an issue for me. It’s easy to be confused about which words to capitalise in a heading, and thankfully you no longer have to be. Using a simple algorithm Title Capitalisation will do it for you. Simply enter whatever your title happens to be, and it will correct it so that all your headlines read identically.
Combine these awesome writing tools and your emails, articles, and general online interactions will be drastically improved, helping you to put out better content, or simply appear that little bit smarter 🙂
Did you find this list helpful? What other tools do you use to improve your writing? Let me know in the comments below or on Social Media!