01 Feb Top 6 Writing Tools for Becoming a Freelance Writer
Becoming a freelance writer isn’t easy, it takes dedication, lots of hard work, and the right toolset. Let’s talk about the latter. Since the vast majority of writers of all strains work with no editors, it is imperative to invest some time and money into the tools that can replace an editor’s eagle-eye.
The other important aspect of freelance writing is that you don’t always work in the same niche and you don’t always work with the same type of text, which implies that you may need occasional assistance on style. In this article, we’ve compiled a set of invaluable tools for people contemplating to jumpstart their freelance writing career.
Have you ever heard about the Flesch-Kincaid scale? This is most probably the most widely used of all readability scales, and you’ll be seeing more of it once you enter the field of freelance writing full time. The Flesch score can show you how easy (or hard) it is to read your text. To find that our you need to use an intimidating formula. Luckily there is Hemingway that can do it for you.
Hemingway is a standalone app that calculates the ease of reading in real time and underlines the sentence that are potentially hard to understand. Similarly, it flags excessive use of adverbs (which is considered to be a faux pas in writing in general) and other stylistic and syntactic recommendations.
2. Yoast’s Content Analysis Tool
As a freelance writer, you’ll very often have to abide by the latest SEO standards, which also implies that you have to keep an eye at structure, word count, and other essential parameters that search engines like Google, Bing, Yandex take into account when they index
After you’ve written the first draft of your text, paste it to Yoast’s content analysis tool to receive suggestions on how to improve it, based on the latest search engine optimization standards.
By the way, search engines also take into account reading ease, so bear in mind that your writing shouldn’t be excessively sophisticated so that it can be suitable for a broad spectrum of readers.
Everybody knows about Grammarly. This service has been around for quite a while and has been continuously improving over the years. In a nutshell, this service ensures that any of our written interactions are worded impeccably, from a syntactic, lexical, and stylistic perspective. A very wide range of professionals and even top writers are very passionate about it.
Grammarly uses Machine Learning to gradually improve the service and also make better suggestions to the people using it.
4. Cliche Finder
This is a fairly straightforward tool that is incredibly helpful when you’re writing long, journalistic pieces; however, you’ll find it useful with pretty much any type of text. We often find ourselves using cliche expressions where they aren’t very useful and sometimes even detrimental to the overall flow of the text.
This simple tool will make sure to highlight any cliche in your text. The creators of the Cliche Finder have similarly developed The Passivator, which is designed to find all the verbs you’ve used in passive voice, which is commonly known to be problematic for comprehension and very often makes the text not as cohesive.
This is a minimalist workplace for any writer out there. Most writers try to create distraction-free environments, in order to be able to enter flow states and be more productive. Though this is quite complicated, it is a skill that can be trained and apps like Draft are a great asset to that.
6. CoSchedule Headline Analyzer
All of us want to use catchy headlines that will attract the readers’ attention. CoSchedule have created a very useful tool explicitly designed to evaluate how interesting your headlines will be, based on a myriad of factors, some of them include length, sentiment, word choice.
A wordsmith with the right toolset can tap into his creativity at any time of the day and consistently deliver high-quality work. If you’re contemplating to become a writer, take some time and scan all the software available for people like you.
We all have different skill sets, which means that we all need different types of tools to ensure a great output. Similarly, never hesitate to invest the extra buck, when it comes to software that enhances your productivity or the quality of your product. It will always benefit you in the long run.
Daniela McVicker is a passionate writer, dedicated to traveling and teaching people to lead a better life. She’s a psychology graduate from Durham University. Daniela is currently an editor for Grabmyessay.