Here are top tools that will help you to write more effective, will lessen your workload, will make you more efficient, and will help you to correct your work. They are rated based on both their usefulness and easy-to-use factor, with the easiest to use being number one.


1. Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator

The Hubspot tool comes up with a list of topics and titles that you can use for your blog topic. It is ideal for the situation when you simply cannot think of a single issue to write about. It is for moments when you have a wealth of knowledge on a subject, but when you simply cannot come up with a good idea. It can also be a lot of fun to play with too. For example, you could enter the words “Drinks”, “Party” and “Hangover” and you get results such as “10 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About Drinks” and “20 Myths About Party.” Even if it doesn’t help you come up with ideas, it may give you a giggle for a few minutes whilst you play around with it.

2. Grammarly

This is the ideal tool for the lazy and rich writer. They charge you a silly amount to use the tool, but it does take a lot of the slog work out of checking your work. It cannot fix concept/meaning problems, but it will point out your grammatical errors.

3. Australian Writings

The writing and/or the slog work is sometimes a little too much. Many bloggers and content writers have at least a degree of love for writing, but even with a burning passion for writing, you have to admit that sometimes it is a little much. There are times when bloggers and content creators do not have time to write, and there are situations when they do not have the sufficient motivation. In these cases, they may pass their work off to one of the professional writers at Australian Writings. It is even possible to set your own deadline so that the work is done when you require.

4. Soovle

If you are stuck for ideas, or maybe if you want an extra research portal, you may find what you are looking for with the soovle tool. Type your words into the search engine and it gives you results in real time without having to click the Soovle button. The tool is very helpful for certain topics such as if you type in a sentence. If you type in a name or a short phrase, then the tool is found a little lacking. This indicates the search engine has a very limited definition profile, but this may be good if you are genuinely struggling to find research leads elsewhere.

5. The Readability Test Tool

Copy and paste your content into the tool and it rates your work for readability. All programmed rating tools are useless because they cannot understand the concepts behind your work. However, this tool is handy, if the results are very varied. For example, if most of the scores are high and one is very low, it may indicate a genuine problem with your work.

6. The Hemmingway App

Beware, as you do have to download this. Still, if you download a clean version, you can use it to identify elements in your text that you should take a second look at. Just like spelling and grammar checkers, you shouldn’t take every suggestion as a criticism, but going over the text again just to double check the areas it has highlighted is a good idea.

7. UnSuckIt

There are plenty of niche areas with hundreds of jargon words that are meaningless to lay people. This tool helps you find alternatives to the jargon words you keep using.

8. ZenPen

If you are the sort of person that is easily distracted by almost anything, then this tool is perfect for you because it removes page distractions. It is a web page that is filled with nothing. It is a white screen on which you may write. It removes any distractions that may hamper your productivity.

9. Ilys

This is another tool for people who are their own worst enemies. Some people have a lot of pain in either their little finger on their right hand, or the finger next to it. They have a pain there because they are always pressing the backspace key to go back and fix things. This tool asks you for a word count, and it doesn’t allow you to go back and edit, or to press backspace until your work is done. It helps get you out of the habit of breaking your flow and going back to fix things all the time.

10. Portent Idea Generator

You can use this tool as a way of generating titles for your work by entering topic-related words into the tool and seeing what it turns out. You can use it to help you with writer’s block and to generate more ideas. When you use the tool, it not only comes up with a potential title/idea, it also gives you comment boxes that may or may not relate to the topic of your choice. It also allows you to re-generate using the same terms. This allows you to see other ideas that may be more useful to you. Most of the time the title or idea makes sense, but you have to rewrite to correct the grammar.

The key to using tools successfully is to improve your process as a result. If your tool adds more steps, slows you down or hampers you in any way, then ditch it. If you can bend the tools to your will and have them help make you more efficient or a stronger writer, then integrate them into your overall writing process. A writer without tools is like a rock band without a drummer.