Being a freelance writer is a full-time job. It requires you to be pragmatic, efficient, and professional. You will need to juggle multiple writing projects at the same time. You must be as creative as your clients and as technologically savvy as their target audience. One way that has helped me do this is by keeping up with tools and apps for writing, editing, and even marketing. Here are seven must-have apps and tools to hone your writing craft to ensure your writing is of the highest quality.
1. Merriam-Webster dictionary
As a freelance writer, you must be aware of the differences between the definitions of words. If you have your dictionary from your school days, then good for you. Nowadays, however, visiting a dictionary website like Merriam-Webster does the job. Are you trying to explain complex language in more straightforward terms? Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries is an excellent choice for English learners.
2. Thesaurus and WordHippo
You’re looking for the right word, and your word processor offers limited suggestions. This is where an online thesaurus comes in. A thesaurus comes in handy in looking for more appropriate words or different ways of expressing common words, and Thesaurus.com is a popular option. WordHippo, on the other hand, does a great job at answering “What’s another word for…?” questions.
3. Idiom dictionary
Idioms are expressions unique to a language. As a writer, you need to use the proper idioms correctly. If your work involves creative copywriting, idioms are a springboard for wording inspirations and ideas. The Free Dictionary has a search tab for idioms to check if you got an idiom right.
4. Capitalize My Title
Capitalize My Title is an underrated yet valuable online tool for writers. It’s simple: type in or paste your headline, select a style guide, and you have a properly capitalized title following your preferred style. This tool is convenient whether you write for media, business, academia, email, or Wikipedia.
5. Headline Analyzer by CoSchedule
Writing a compelling headline is the key to getting your reader’s attention. You want to grab their attention immediately, so they will keep reading to learn more. With CoSchedule’s free Headline Analyzer, you can tweak your ideas into headlines that fetch higher search engine optimization (SEO) scores. No more second-guessing whether your headline will draw in readers.
Most writers should know how to review, copy-edit, and proofread their work. Sometimes, though, a typo can slip through the cracks. Grammarly is a tool that helps you check your grammar and spelling while giving you quick and easy proofreading. Think of this online software tool as a fresh set of eyes. Make the most of their applications, from Microsoft Office plug-ins to Chrome extensions to premium subscriptions.
Freelance writers with knowledge of SEO have a considerable advantage. If you’re starting to learn this marketing skill like myself, it helps to know what keywords to mention in your content. Keyword search tools such as Moz and SEMrush can be expensive. One of the more affordable options is Neil Patel’s Ubersuggest, a keyword suggestion app. If you want to write a story about dogs, this tool will suggest dog-related keywords. Just enter your keyword, and it will find the top queries.