Writing is a form of interactive communication which brings joy to both the writer and the readers. Regardless of whether you are writing for the traditional print media or for blogs, for educational pursuit or to voice an opinion, as an income generator or as a hobby; you would want your writings to stand out. While it’s true that a strong command of language and good contents are essential, there are also other methods that you can apply to improve your writings. Here I will share with you some useful tools and resources that will do this trick.
Ideas For Topics
Like the name suggests, this is an online encyclopedia. It gathers information from more than 100 sources and this is where you are able to find articles from global warming to martial arts to blogging online. Should you be looking for ideas on what to write, then this site can provide some suggestions.
Evernote is one way to help you remember what you have seen or heard using your computer, phone or the internet. Many great inventors would tell about how their best ideas comes to them when they least expect it like when they are sleeping or exercising. Likewise, a blogger’s inspiration too comes unannounced and that is why you should be prepared to capture it. Save a website, take a picture, scanned a document and so forth, this application stores them and sync them up to all the devices that you use, making it easy to remember what you had wanted earlier.
This software leverages on a community who shares what they have seen (like text, images and videos that the kids may like) while surfing the internet. Members would be provided with a widget to allow them to post what they had recently read and when shared, other members can benefit from the lists too.
This tool features a neat mind-mapping method of remembering and structuring ideas. It is almost like having a portable personal assistant who helps you to remember stuffs as well as organizes your thoughts.
This is one of the most important tools around. As there are more and more articles being written daily, the internet has become a source of a new breed of copycats! These copycats would not hesitate to copy other people’s hard work, without acknowledging the later and pass it on as theirs. So place some of your words in this plagiarism checker and make sure there is no duplicated copies elsewhere!
Visuwords is a tool that helps the writer find out more about the words being used and the concepts that he is trying to put through. Looking for similar words or words that reflect an overall meaning to the one that you had chosen, Visuwords will be able to provide the list of related words in order for you to choice a better choice of word.
This is another cool tool in which it works like your personal critic. Extremely easy to use and is quick to show you the results and recommendations. Just paste your contents on its Editing Wizard page and it will automatically identify among others, slow pacing, overused words and clichés.
Good old Thesaurus is a writer’s and blogger’s indispensable tool. At this site, you would be able to find alternative words and phrases that is able to capture the meaning better.
Here is a popular site on general English language focusing on grammar, spelling, punctuation as well as advices on how to avoid commonly made mistakes.
Online Creative Writing Courses
This site lists down free courses in creative writing, fiction writing, essay and poetry writing. What better way to improve your writing skills than signing up for a short course. Who knows, you may be on your way to earning good money being a professional blogger/writer!
Here you are, 10 how-to resources where you can find guidelines on how to bring your writing skills to a new level. And best of all, they are free to use or free to try. So do check out these resources for expert advices and tips to support your blogging and writing journey.
November 1, 2011 at 10:43 am
Awesome blog its so much informative for the followers.I appreciate you for this awesome post dude.Thanks for sharing keep it up.
November 1, 2011 at 10:56 am
Great list. Good to go through.
I personally love Evernote.
And now with the new google chrome apps it’s even better.
It’s so easy to get quotes and make notes and then continue working on them on my phone while I am taking the subway for example.
November 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm
This is a good list indeed! I might make some my favorites too. I use stumbleupon to fetch new ideas.
November 2, 2011 at 1:07 am
Thanks Jessica, It help me a lot to save my time research for my resource when writing some topics.
November 2, 2011 at 7:08 am
Now this is awesome list. Each and every aspect has been covered when gauged from writers perspective.
My personal favorite is Plagiarism Checker for much hated copy cats and Thesaurus – truly an indispensable tool for writers.
November 2, 2011 at 1:04 pm
Wow.. Thanks a lot for this list! this will surely come in very useful to me!
November 3, 2011 at 4:37 am
Everybody does want their writing to stand out. You did a great job listing some great resources for improving writing skills. I’ve tried a few of them like Clipmarks. I like Clipmarks because of the huge community. Thanks for sharing.
November 3, 2011 at 5:32 am
This is a great list, I’m personally using QuickFox notes, which automatically syncs with FireFor bookmarks, but will definitely give Evernote a try.
November 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm
My personal favorite is Plagiarism Checker for much hated copy cats and Thesaurus – truly an indispensable tool for writers. | 😛
November 4, 2011 at 2:48 pm
This is an awesome a list and yes it’s a great resource for writing.
November 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm
These are awesome resources indeed.. very helpful and I think these are all essential for the bloggers to have too.
November 11, 2011 at 6:27 am
fabulous resources for me,thanks.:) /
November 12, 2011 at 6:45 am
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December 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm
You dont need to use plagiarism checker. You will know right away if you are cheating or not. Unless you are check somebody’s else work.
December 5, 2011 at 2:36 pm
You are right. If we are wiring the article ourselves, we do not really need to check for plagiarism.
December 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm
Those are great list Jessica but i just want to add that if you want to look for blog ideas, social bookmarking sites like Digg is one of the best resources. The topics here are trending and it’s relevant to your niche. You just have to search on it by filtering the industries.
April 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm
Wikipedia is awesome too! Always has information I need when I’m looking for it.
February 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm
dreamjobstudy.com is a great resource
March 7, 2013 at 6:32 pm
Well there are much more places from where you can gather a lot more to write on like about.com! or yahoo answers!