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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Design Tools for Writers

35. Canva

Gone are the days when writers were purely wordsmiths. Today’s writers don a lot of hats. It is better to call them content creators because from writing to SEO to design, they need to do it all. With so many online tools available, now it is easy for non-technical users to design.

Even if you have zero technical knowledge or design skills, you can still do it. I created Mukarrar single-handedly. Yes, all the graphics that you see on my blog or all the media I have created for my Pinterest and Instagram accounts are self-designed.

And what do I use to do it all: Canva + PowerPoint + Adobe Spark. Yes, that is my arsenal. Canva is a handy tool. It comes with readymade design templates that you can fully customize, add your message and download. Try it, I believe there is no other design platform for non-designers that is as easy as Canva.

Platform: Online/Mobile
Uses: Create your designs
Features: Design for every available social media channel
Add-ons: N/A
Pricing: Free/Premium

Here’s how it looks like.

Canva | Design Tool for Writers
Canva

36. Unsplash

Do you like free stuff? I do. I am a big hoarder of all the free tools available online. My laptop is filled with hundreds of free PDFs that I keep collecting from hundreds of seminars. Trust me, it is a treasure trove. When it comes to images, I have never paid a single dime for any of the images I use.

There are plenty of stock image sites but the best of them all for writers is Unsplash. It is the internet’s source of freely usable images as they call it themselves. You will find great quality images on every topic. Enough to last you for a thousand blog posts. If you are starting as a content writer or a blogger, Unsplash is your ally.

Platform: Online/Mobile
Uses: Find free images
Features: High-quality pictures from global curators
Add-ons: N/A
Pricing: Free

Here’s how it looks like.

Best Content Writing Tools | Unsplash
Unsplash

37. Adobe Spark Post

Similar to Canva but still different, Adobe Spark Post is another easy-to-use design tool for writers. From designing social media posts to complete web pages and beautiful videos, you can do everything with Spark.

It only takes a few minutes to customize an existing template and download it for sharing on social media or using in the blog post. If you do not mind the Adobe logo watermark, the free version should be good enough for you.

Platform: Online/Mobile
Uses: Design high-quality graphics
Features: Social media posts, web pages, videos
Pricing: Free/Premium

Here’s how it looks like.

Adobe Spark Post
Adobe Spark Post

Writing Research and Journaling Tools

38. Google Keep

Writers are always at work. At least, I do. Even when I am not writing, I like to keep track of the ideas that come to my mind, the pictures that inspire me. You never know when you will come across a post, a quote, a comment or a website that will lead to your next blog post.

My recommendation – always be ready. To do this quickly and easily, I use Google Keep. Google’s online note-taking app, it doubles up as your journal. You can add images, rich web links, screenshots, lists, and even add collaborators to view your notes. For easy organizing, you can even add tags, sort by colour and use hashtags. Isn’t that amazing? The mobile app is a must-have for writers.

Platform: Online/Mobile
Uses: Take notes on the go
Features: Lists, links, images, tagging
Pricing: Free

Bonus Tip: I wrote my entire collection of 99 poems using Google Keep. Yes, that’s how trustworthy this app is.

Here’s how it looks like.

Google Keep - Writing Journaling Tool
Google Keep

39. Apple Notes

The notes app comes as a default on all Apple devices. Once you get used to Apple Notes, there is no looking back. It is a simple and intuitive note-taking app that allows you to record your ideas on the move.

Add images, links, screengrabs and more, it populates everything. And the best part is that it syncs across all your devices so that you continue working wherever you are. Even if you do not own an Apple device, you can simply create an Apple ID and head to the online iCloud website to access Notes.

Platform: Online/Mobile
Uses: Note-taking app
Features: Formatted notes, insert images, doodle, collaborate with others
Pricing: Free for Apple users

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40. Evernote

If there is one app that takes the crown in the notetaking category, it is Evernote. There is nothing that Evernote cannot do. Winner of numerous awards, Evernote has every feature you could think of and then some more.

Think of it as the MS Office version of Notepad. I would say it is even better. From voice notes to email to reminders to web clippings, this app has it all. If you work with a team, use Evernote to collaborate on ideas or brainstorming. It works best as a pool for ideas when you are working on a blog post that requires research from multiple sources.

Platform: Online/Mobile
Uses: Note-taking app
Features: Scanner, voice notes, attachments, search, email to notes, insert images, doodle, collaborate with others
Pricing: Free/Premium

Bonus Tip: It has a readymade template for Creative Writing where you can build characters, write story plots and so much more. Bingo.

Bonus Tip 2: If you are new to blogging and want to try your hands, used Postachio along with Evernote. It syncs all your Evernote posts and turns them into blog posts directly. Neat, eh.

Here’s how it looks like.

Writing & Notetaking Tools | Evernote
Evernote

Writing Schedule Tools

41. Todoist

Believe it or not, writers are terrible planners. When it comes to a writing schedule, even more. Thankfully, time management will not put brakes on creativity. Enter time management and scheduling apps for writers.

The first on my list if Todoist. As the name suggests, it keeps track of all the things that you need to do. If you are a blogger, your to-do list would be pretty huge. For me, it runs something like, keyword research, topic ideas, headline analysing, collecting ideas, creating graphics, making videos, identifying cross-links and so much more.

To keep a tab of all these activities and to make sure that I do not mess up my blog post cycle, I prefer Todoist. You can add tasks, set a reminder and leave the rest to the app. If you work with a team, you can even assign tasks.

Platform: Online/Mobile
Uses: Organize your work
Add-ons: Google Calendar, Dropbox, Alexa
Features: Team inbox, reminders, categories, labels and tags, Karma points
Pricing: Free/Premium

Here’s how it looks like.

Todoist App | Writing Scheduler
Todoist

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Dev is a professional writer, blogger, published author and content creator. He regularly shares writing tips for aspiring bloggers and supports new writers to learn the craft.