As a newbie writer, I can’t afford an editor or someone to check over my writing, so I depend on FREE online tools to help me make my goal of writing on a day-to-day basis here on the 200wad website, possible.
1. The most dangerous writing app (FREE).
One, “The most dangerous writing app” is designed to shut down your inner editor and get you into a state of flow. If you stop typing for more than five seconds, all progress will be lost. After typing without interruption for the length of your session, you’ll be able to save your work. Second, it’s free and open source. Third, it works offline — bookmark the home page and you’re good to go.
2. Google docs (FREE)
I use google docs because it's free and makes other writing alternative tools useless. What do I like about google docs? — the list of writing editing add-ons it offers. Here’s a list of some killer add-ons that I use to edit my not-so-good writing using Google Docs:
2a. SAS Writing Reviser Add-on.
My favourite tool for proofreading. When you run this tool you can choose from 25 different tests that will check over your document which include tests in sentence economy, sentence variety, sentence power, sentence clarity, and more.
2b. OneLook Thesaurus
This add-on is way more than a thesaurus. The OneLook Thesaurus tool will let you select a word in your document, or type in a word, and they will give you suggested words in six categories: Synonyms, Triggers (associated words), Rhymes, Complete (words that with your term), Adjectives (related), and Nouns (related). This can be a useful tool to improve your word choice and writing, as well as generate writing ideas.
My second favourite and a handy add-on for proofreading your writing. The tool scans your Google Doc for style and grammar problems. When issues are found, it not only identifies the spot but also offers an explanation of what the problem is and possible ways to fix it.