As more and more writing gigs become available, the competition also becomes tighter. If you are hoping to add more value (that is – finally increase your hourly rate), you should be able to provide high-quality work to your clients and even exceed their expectations. Having the perfect topic is one step but assuring quality content that adheres to strict requirements is another. This is when writing tools and resources become handy especially if you aim to cater to more projects and earn a little bit more. So, let’s take a closer look at these tools and take a pick.
It all starts with being organize and Evernote is made to help you become one. Its free basic plan is enough to help you gather your thoughts, come up with creative topics, list down important points from your research, and note important requirements and deadlines.
Do you find it difficult to manage your time when writing? The Marinara Timer is free and perfect for your use. Its customizable timers alert you to work and even take breaks, allowing you to be more focused and work more efficiently.
White noises are believed to help relax minds and these will surely help writers who prefer not to work in total silence. So, if you happen to be one of them, Noisli is another free tool that will provide you just that. Choose from a variety of soundtracks and adjust depending on the mood you want to achieve.
With all the technical writing software available, Grammarly doesn’t disappoint and has been known as a reliable editing tool. From spell checks to typos to vocabulary suggestions, this tool has got you covered. Start with the free trial and see how this can help you in your everyday writing tasks. It’s definitely a go-to tool for most writers.
If you have a little more budget to spare, the ProWritingAid is also another reliable editing tool to start with. If you are an author or an aspiring one, this will be a good tool to enhance your writing skills. A free trial offers a Google Chrome plug-in and a spell-checking feature so you can always opt to try that one out first.
With the growing number of aspiring writers, you will have to have that edge to stand out from the rest. One way is to offer other services that come with writing. Here, you can always start with marketing materials like banners, posters, and logos. Canva will definitely come in handy when it comes to these offers. The free trial is more than enough to start with but if you want to offer more than what’s readily available online, go with the paid version and become a designer-writer.
There are more tools to this list. Make sure to start with the most basic and those that fit within your budget and applicable to your tasks on hand. Becoming a writer, a reliable one, involves a continuous learning process. So if you want to be known for this career, allot much time and effort.