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Portability and accessibility are important for writers. You never know when inspiration will hit, and when it does you don’t want to be caught off guard. Professional software suites can be nice but often times are overkill, localized, and more hassle than they’re worth. Browser-based writing tools are available no matter where you go.

Whether you need help with organization, a way to kill distractions, or a clean slate on which to write your words, these tools will prove useful to all of you who write on a regular basis. Don’t miss out!

Organizational Tools

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Organization is the key to effective writing. Without it, your words will jumble up and only serve to confuse readers. Or worse, you’ll lose those awesome ideas you had the other day simply by nature of forgetfulness. A little bit of organization can go a long way towards staving off frustration.

Writing Tools

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Writing is not a high-maintenance activity. To start, all you really need is a pen and paper (or even a rock and chisel). Some people can type hundreds of pages on Microsoft Word, but others require a more streamlined alternative. Here are some tools to help you with the actual act of writing.

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Productivity Tools

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It’s easy to write. It’s hard to keep writing. For people who write for a living (or as an obsessive hobby), productivity can be extremely difficult to keep up. Even the most motivated writer will suffer days when writing one word seems impossible. Thankfully, productivity tools exist to help curb that problem.

Utility Tools

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In addition to all of the above, there are a slew of writing-related tools on the web that are unique enough to warrant their own categories. These tools are more specialized in what they offer but they’re good at what they do.

  • Wordcounter. Most office suites and text editors have a function for counting the words you’ve written and measuring related metrics, but if you ever find yourself without a way to measure word count, Wordcounter will get the job done.
  • Writing prompts. Writer’s block can be a real demoralizing factor in any writer’s life. One way to get over that hump is to free write in response to a writing prompt. You can get started with our list of creative writing prompts 6 Places You Can Find Great Creative Writing Prompts 6 Places You Can Find Great Creative Writing Prompts Writing can be difficult, and it’s not only full-time writers who suffer from "writer’s block". Students have papers to write. Programmers have documentation to write. Teachers have curriculums to write. Marketing agents have advertisements to... Read More that you can find online.
  • Cliché Finder. Clichés have their place in language but overuse can lead to writing that sounds juvenile, full of filler, or just plain lazy. Thankfully, the Cliché Finder tool will mark every instance of cliché that it finds so you can cut them out. Unfortunately, it only supports the English language.
  • oTranscribe. If you do a lot of writing that involves transcribing audio into words, oTranscribe can make your life a lot easier. It supports audio files (e.g., MP3, OGG, WAV) and video files (e.g., MP4, WEBM). Straightforward and no fuss.
  • BibMe. Compiling a bibliography or works cited page can be a big drain of time, especially for publications that are hundreds of pages. BibMe automatically generates a bibliography for you according to whichever standard you choose (e.g., MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.) and it can handle media ranging from books to newspapers, websites to films, and more.

Did you find any of these web-based writing tools to be useful? What other tools are out there that you’d recommend? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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