November 4, 2021 ~ 12 Best Writing Tools for 2022

Borrowed and adapted from CapitalizeMyTitle.com

1. Grammarly

This free Chrome plugin does a good job of catching obvious problems of spelling, extra spaces, punctuation, and grammar issues. It can't transform poor writing to professional writing, but it can help you catch the little things that sometimes fall through the cracks and detract from the power of your delivery!

2. Scrivener

If you’re writing a manuscript, Scrivener makes it extremely easy to organize sections of your manuscript so you can quickly add and edit sections as you have inspiration. If you’re considering writing any sort of long document, be it a book, thesis, or dissertation, Scrivener is the writing tool for you. They have a great video describing their product below:

 

3. Trello

While you can certainly go for a more sophisticated editorial planning tool like CoSchedule, Trello offers amazing planning and organizational capabilities for the price of free. You can create unlimited “Boards” and then create “Lists” with cards for tasks such as content topics. For each of my blogs, I have a list of articles I want to write in a “Backlog” list organized by priority. Then I have a list for “Approved” articles that I want to work on next followed by a “Doing” list where I have the card for the article I’m currently writing. Fiannly I have  “Waiting to Publish” and “Done” lists for articles scheduled to be published or published.

4. Evernote

Evernote is great for taking quick notes on-the-go. They even have a nifty app called Scannable which quickly scans documents that can be saved as PDFs/images or imported right into Evernote for organization purposes. If you’re a student, you can get Evernote Premium for 50% off, but the free version has plenty to offer. You can have as many notebooks as you want in Evernote, but you’re limited to uploading 60MB of content per month with the free version. You can take plenty of notes with this limit, but you won’t be able to upload as many photos or documents.

5. Capitalize My Title

Use it to properly capitalize your titles with correct title capitalization rules. Very helpful!

6. Headline Analyzer

Confused about what makes a great title, whether for a book or blog post? CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer is a free headline analyzer that will give your title a score from 0-100. Great way to see how your title will perform and perfect it before publishing. This article title actually got a 63 so it could definitely be improved.

 

7. Tomato Timer

If you have trouble staying focused, give Tomato Timer a try. It is a timer based on the Pomodoro method which says that you should focus heads down for 20-25 minutes and then take a short break. Research says that if you know a break is coming, you’ll be more likely to stay focused in the shorter working window.

8. Hemingway Editor

While most grammar and spell checkers critique individual words or phrases, Hemingway will focus on the bigger picture of your writing. Hemingway will give you feedback on whether sentences are hard to read and some general stats about your writing, such as how many adverbs you used, but it won’t give you much else. You are on your own to make the corrections it suggests.

9. White Noise Websites

There are a lot of websites out there now that play ambient sounds. Rainy Mood and Hipster Sound are two of our favorites that play rain and cafe sounds respectively. Personally, I prefer sitting in an actual cafe to listening to these websites, but these tools make a great option when I’m stuck at home for a day.

10. Ted Talks for Writers

If you need a bit of inspiration or are feeling stuck with writer’s block, then watch these ten Ted talks. If you don’t feel inspired after watching them, then maybe try generating some new blog title ideas.

11. Draft

Draft is a distraction-free writing app that lets you quickly write documents without any confusing features. Great tool when you don’t feel like writing in Microsoft Word or Google Docs anymore.

12. BuzzSumo

BuzzSumo is a great tool for content marketers in particular because it shows the top trending topics on the internet and allows easy connection with influencers. It’s a great writing tool for digital marketers who aren’t quite sure what to write about but want to create content that people will find interesting. When paired with a blog title generator, BuzzSumo can be quite powerful.

Bonuses

Cliche Finder: In his six rules for writing, George Orwell suggested that one should “never use a metaphor, simile, or other figures of speech which you are used to seeing in print.” The Cliche Finder highlights cliches in your text so you can avoid overused expressions in your writing. The Cliche Finder tool will read your text and notify you of any cliches.

Readable: Make sure your writing is readable by humans. Just run your articles or other documents through this website and you’ll get a readability score. The Most Dangerous Writing App: This is a really interesting concept where you set a timer for writing and if you stop writing for even three seconds, the tool deletes everything you’ve written. Sadistic, but creative.

Good writing!!!

July 12, 2018 ~ What compels engagement in mobile ads

What compels people to engage in mobile ads?

 

Entertainment value wins by a long shot. Followed by a shorter, more consumable length. Then come relevancy and relatability. Makes sense.

Finally, after all that, come concern for the issues of quality: originality, telling a good story, having a surprise factor, tending to innovation, and even providing some sort of "enhancing" experience.

Not surprising. A good guide for much of our online content.

Source: Wordtracker

April 23, 2017 ~ Writing Tip #1: STOP saying "VERY"

As illogical as it may seem, the word "very" can weaken your speech, thin out your writing, and disempower your voice. Why? For one, it's overused in our speech (like "like"!) and so doesn't have the same impact it used to have.

 

Secondly, by its very presence, it dulls the impact of the word you're trying to emphasize.

 

In other words, a muscle-bound dude doesn't need some lightweight to precede him, to point out how strong he is. He conveys that quite well himself.

If you do find yourself wanting to squeeze in a "very" somewhere, try instead to upgrade the verb or adjective you started with. Say "perplexed" instead of "very confused." Or "freezing" instead of "very cold." Your language will get more colorful, more precise, and more interesting, all at the same time!

Here's a wonderful infographic from proofreadingservices.com about how to begin curtailing your use of this self-important, but scrawny word.

March 30, 2017 ~ Awesomesauce!

There is no constant in life except change, right? And so it is for our vocabulary. I believe new words are being added to our lexicon at a faster rate than any time in history. I'm sure the folks at Oxford Dictionary stay very busy. And I'm afraid it will take Microsoft Word a bit of time to catch up. Those red underlines get tiresome!

"That term, [awesomesauce] meaning extremely good or excellent, is just one of the couple dozen new words, prhases and acronyms added Thursday to the Oxford Dictionaries online version. The words represent newer terms judged most significant and likely to stand the test of time, according to Oxford University Press. The additions include terms such as cat cafe, manspreading, onboarding, and terms drawn from current events, including "Grexit" and "Brexit," ...

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March 17, 2017 ~ Lower your website bounce rate

Very helpful info about optimizing websites! Written by Barrie Smith, digital marketing specialist at Wordtracker.

"Many businesses spend a considerable amount of money driving visitors to their website but don’t always do a great job in keeping them there.

 

After all, what’s the point of driving traffic if visitors leave after a few seconds without making a transaction? This is exactly what happens if you have a high bounce rate."

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