If one of your goals for 2018 is to become a better or more frequent writer, there are plenty of tools you can use to help you along the way. We scoured the internet to curate some of our favorite apps for writers at every level. Whether you’re looking to improve your grammar, overcome writer’s block, or discover trending topics on social media, there’s something on this list for you. Happy writing!

1. BuzzSumo

Ever wonder where professional writers discover breaking news content or trending topics? Look no further than BuzzSumo, a free service that curates social media platforms to discover stories that are beginning to trend on social media. This can be great if you are looking to write about current events as they happen, or trending topics in your area of interest.

2. Hemmingway App

Many people swear by Hemingway Editor, and once you start using the tool, you’ll quickly understand why. This app will significantly improve your writing, especially if you tend to be verbose. It’ll highlight wordy or improperly formatted sentences and offer up suggestions. Hemingway will also point out improper grammar, passive voice, and complicated words.

3. Grammarly

Grammarly for Chrome helps you fix over 250 different types of errors—many of which Microsoft Word can’t even find. You’ll also find content-optimized synonym suggestions, which will help you write with more clarity (say goodbye to repeating the same word multiple times in a sentence or paragraph!). If you want to become a better writer over time, you’ll love the detailed explanations that come with any suggested correction.

4. Impact Blog Title Generator

Headlines are important. Up to 80% of people may not even read your post if you don’t have a powerful headline that grabs people’s attention. The Impact Blog Title Generator from BlogAbout is on a mission to cure writer’s block for good. With a press of a button, you can view hundreds of fantastic titles you can use for your next blog post.

5. Coschedule Headline Analyser

So, how do you know if your headline will convert? To find out if your title has the punch it needs to make people click, check out CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer.

Simply put in your title and once it’s done analyzing, CoSchedule reports back with an overall score out of a 100.

Our headline received a score of 74 (Not bad!).

The analyzer tool looks at things like the headline type, grammar, word count, and readability of your headline.

CoSchedule also offers you insights into what words stand out when readers skim your title and the type of sentiment your title portrays. It also suggests keywords based on your headline.

6. The Most Dangerous Writing App

This is a fun one – the name speaks for itself. The Most Dangerous Writing App is simple: you choose the length of time or number of words you want to write, and once the timer starts, you can’t stop until you reach your goal. If, say, you want to write 300 words but you stop for more than five seconds along the way, all of your writing will be lost foreverrrrrr. This tool was designed to “shut down your inner editor and get you into a state of flow.” So, use this to kick your writer’s block—if you dare.

The Takeaway

No matter what your level is, honing your writing skills is always useful. If you’re looking for other great tools that can help you become a better writer – check out How to Create Viral Content: 10 Insights from 100 Million Articles or 5 Tips on How to Increase Engagement with Your Readers.

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