45 Best Content Writing Tools To Make You a Better Writer

Supercharge your freelance writing career with these 45 best content writing tools that will make you a better writer.
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Content Writing Efficiency (Best Content Writing Tools)

6. Dictionary

We all need a dictionary. Chances are, if you write quality content or long-form articles, you will need it even more. Dictionary.com is on online dictionary and its purpose is to do just that, help you find meanings of words. The results are always good and you are offered a lot of choices in terms of information about the chosen word.

Platform: Online/Mobile App
Uses: Dictionary/Thesaurus
Features: Find example sentences
Add-ons: N/A
Pricing: Free/Paid versions

Here’s how the Dictionary and Thesaurus look like:

Contnt Checking Tool Dictionary
Dictionary Website

7. Thesaurus

If you use the Dictionary I mentioned above, you cannot do without Thesaurus. Simply for the sake of not using repetitive words, this is a great content writing tool. Even the best of writers sound repetitive when doing long-form content, article pieces or books. This is where the Thesaurus comes handy. Just open the app, type in the word and boom, you are presented with various synonyms, antonyms all linked to the Dictionary.

Platform: Online/Mobile App
Uses: Dictionary/Thesaurus
Features: Find synonyms/antonyms
Add-ons: N/A
Pricing: Free

8. Grammarly

Modern day’s most popular content editing and analyzing app – Grammarly. If you have been in the content writing industry for some time, you must know about this. You just cannot do without Grammarly once you start using it. It takes the pain of identifying difficult grammatical errors, silly spell errors out of your way so that you can focus on writing.

With the new improvements, you can now even set a content tone and Grammarly will magically suggest where your content needs improvement. A must-have for every writer, whether beginner or established. Go download it today!

Platform: Online/Mobile App
Uses: Document editing and language analysis
Features: Magically correct your grammar, improve writing style, remove spelling errors
Add-ons: Compatible with all major text editors like MS Word/Pages/Google Docs/Browsers
Pricing: Free/Premium Subscription

Here’s how it looks like:

Content writing tools | Grammarly
Grammarly

Bonus Tip: Grammarly folks share some really cool weekly stats. Honestly, it is inspiring. Here’s how it looks like for me.

Grammarly Weekly Stats for Content You Write
Grammarly Weekly Writing Stats

9. WikiHow

How are you not using WikiHow? The answer to all your ‘How’s’, WikiHow is perfect for every content writer. If you are looking to make listicles or how-to blogs, this will prove to be a friend. Further, all the content on WikiHow is vetted by professionals, hence you can always be sure of the information. The mere accuracy of the information on this website makes it worthy for being on any list that revolves around best content writing tools.

Platform: Online
Uses: Answer to all your how-to’s
Features: Step by step process with pictures for all posts
Add-ons: N/A
Pricing: Free

Here’s how it looks like:

content research tool - WikiHow
WikiHow

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10. Wikipedia

When there was nothing in this world, there was Wiki. Not true, but it seems like Wiki web pages know so much about everything that the website is no less than an online demi-god. Wikipedia will be your best partner for research, gathering source articles and links to verified publications. Such data is not easily available on the search engines.

To top it all, Wikipedia has a strong policy of edits and chances are that all the information you will find on the platform is authentic. However, I recommend to always do a second verification, especially if you are writing for your clients.

By the way, has anyone of you ever successfully created a Wiki page? If yes, drop in the comments and let me know. I am curious to learn if there are some hack to this sacrosanct portal.

Platform: Online
Uses: Find exhaustive information about any subject
Features: From history to the present, everything is sequenced in a structured format
Add-ons: N/A
Pricing: Free

Here’s how it looks like:

Writing research tool - Wikipedia
Wikipedia

11. Plagiarism Checker

Do you wonder how original is the content that you are writing? The internet is filled with thousands of webpages featuring content that is similar to yours. Since we often write about common topics, the chances of our content matching with someone else’s is high. It is always recommended to do a plagiarism check before sending the final version.

This is where the tool Plagiarism Checker comes handy and makes it to our list of best content writing tools for freelancers and content writers. They offer other tools like Article Rewriter and more but I strongly recommend not to use any kind of bot writing services. Ultimately, if you are not writing the content yourself, eventually it will not yield results.

Platform: Online
Uses: Check if your content is original or not
Features: Document upload, web page check, source of plagiarism, report and more
Add-ons: N/A
Pricing: Free

Here’s how it looks like.

Content tools | Plagiarism Checker
Plagiarism Checker

12. Copyscape

Another tool to check plagiarism. Copyscape has been around for quite some time and is one of the most popular sources of checking if the content is plagiarized. You can also get a ‘protected by Copyscape’ banner for your blog discouraging content stealers to stay away.

Not only for vetting your content, but it is also useful to check if the content pages you are publishing on your blog are copied by someone else or not. After all, you have put in hours of effort to create original, quality content, why let someone else reap the benefits.

Platform: Online
Uses: Check if your content is original or not or if someone has copied it
Features: Web page, website check, source of plagiarism, report and more
Add-ons: N/A
Pricing: Free/Premium

Here’s how it looks like.

Mukarrar - Copyscape Writing Tool
Copyscape

13. Grammarly Keyboard

This is my personal favourite. I do love Grammarly for the fact that it makes the lives of writers so much easier. The Grammarly Keyboard is an extension of the Grammarly app. There will be times when you are writing content on your phone, probably a social media caption or a quick email. The Grammarly keyboard is useful in such situations. Just install it on your phone, then set it as the default keyboard and forget about grammatical or spelling errors.

Once I am through with the ‘best content writing tools’ series, I plan to do an exhaustive hot-to-guide on using Grammarly. Ping me if the idea excites you and you want to learn how to make the most of the free version of the app.

Platform: Mobile (Android and iOS)
Uses: Grammar check on the go
Features: Check grammatical and spelling errors
Add-ons: N/A
Pricing: Free

Here’s how it looks like.

Content tools | Grammarly Keyboard App
Grammarly Keyboard App

14. Calmly

Admit it. We spend too much time formatting our content than writing it. I too am guilty of this. Enter Calmly, a tool for distraction-free writing. Calmly helps writers focus on the writing rather than navigating the countless options offered by other text editors. If you are someone who would rather prefer simplicity, Calmly is your answer. Use it when you have tight deadlines and you need to deliver great quality content. This is one of the best content writing tools I will suggest in this list.

Platform: Chrome only
Uses: Distraction-free text editor
Features: Write, format if required using simple shortcuts
Add-ons: N/A
Pricing: Free

Here’s how it looks like.

Content writing tools | Calmly App
Calmly

15. Coggle

Coggle is mind maps made easy. If you are someone who loves taking notes, writing down multiple ideas, saving related pictures, collecting relevant stories so that you can make sense of the whole idea, then Coggle is for you.

With Coggle, you can easily create beautiful mind maps, add layers to your story, create visually appealing flowcharts, and collaborate with your team. It is especially useful if you work with large amounts of research and you need a tool that can help you put it all together as a unified idea.

Platform: Online
Uses: Create mind maps and flowcharts
Features: Use images, collaborate, make exhaustive flowcharts
Add-ons: N/A
Pricing: Free/Premium

Here’s how one of the mind maps made using Coggle looks like.

Mindmapping Tools | Coggle App | Mukarrar
Coggle

16. Google Calendar

What is calendar doing in a ‘tools for content writing’ post? If you are a blogger and you write every day, you must know the pain of organizing the topics and being consistent in delivery. Without a planner, it becomes difficult to stick to a schedule.

Google Calendar will not only help you make sense of your writing tasks but also encourage you to finish your goals. Coming from Google, the Calendar syncs seamlessly with all your devices including mobile and laptop so that you can track your writing goals on the go. It also comes with a ton of user-friendly options.

Platform: Online/Mobile
Uses: Create your editorial calendar
Features: Reminders, Events, Calendar all in one
Add-ons: N/A
Pricing: Free/

Here’s how it looks like.

Writing Scheduling Tools | Google Calendar
Google Calendar

17. Dragon Dictation

Enough about writing. It gets tiresome at a point and you deserve a break. But what if your work cannot afford a break. Use Dragon Dictation. It is perfect speech recognition software that will save you countless hours of typing. But if you are someone who thinks with the fingers, better get a cup of coffee and start typing.

Others, you can use Dragon Dictation to dictate your entire content and see it magically appear on the screen. It also allows for smooth playback so that you can rectify any segment. Isn’t it cool? I still prefer the old school typing but those of you who are tech-savvy, go ahead, give it a try.

Platform: Desktop/Mobile
Uses: Write using your voice
Features: Speech to text, playback for smooth editing
Add-ons: N/A
Pricing: Free/Premium

Here’s how it looks like.

Writing Automation Tool | Dragon Dictation
Dragon Dictation

Writing Keyword Research (Best Content Writing Tools)

18. Keywords Everywhere

Content writing, especially writing for the web, is getting more challenging every day. If you just use your imagination and write a piece of content, no matter how good quality, it will end up now being read by anyone. To reach out to wider audiences and writing copy that enhances business objectives, it is imperative to use keywords.

There are multiple keyword search options online but ‘Keywords Everywhere’ is not only accurate but simple to use. It integrates with your browser and there the magic happens. Every time you search on Google, it will show you a long list of keywords that the world is searching for. Go ahead, do some more research, pick a keyword that works for you and bingo.

Platform: Browser only
Uses: Research for keywords
Features: Get search by clicks, CTR, queries
Add-ons: N/A
Pricing: Free/Premium

Here’s how it looks like.

Keyword tool | Keywords Everywhere
Keywords Everywhere

19. Answer The Public

This is one of the most visually striking keyword search apps ever. Answer The Public is not just another keyword research app, it uses its smart AI and deep learning to generate hundreds of keywords in the form of questions. All you need to do is enter the topic you are writing about and voila, you are presented with an arresting display of a web of questions.

Even if you are not looking for keywords, it gives you great insights into the kind of questions the world is asking. It will help you nurture and plan your content better and offer solutions that people want.

Platform: Online
Uses: Research for keywords
Features: Get search results in the form of questions
Add-ons: N/A
Pricing: Free/Pro

Here’s how it looks like.

Keyword research tool | Answer The Public
Answer The Public

20. Google Trends

Another app from Google to support content marketers. Google Trends, as the name suggests, helps you identify the current trends in specific countries or across the world. It is a good indicator of what all should you cover if you are doing your research and understand the search trends for specific keywords across the world.

It also allows you to compare two keywords and study their search trends over some time. For content writers, it is an essential tool to gather more insights into the niche and also make their content pieces more appealing, both to the consumers as well as the search engines.

Platform: Online
Uses: Research for keywords
Features: Compare keyword trends, see rising, popular and breakout trends
Add-ons: N/A
Pricing: Free

Here’s how it looks like.

Keyword tool | Google Trends
Google Trends

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