7 tools to help improve your writing skills

Whether you are a blogger or an author, check out these tips to help your writing.

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  • Thanks to the Internet, you can get plenty of help with your prose without leaving your keyboard. These seven sites are some of the best writing tools out there today. Why not try them out?

  • 1. The Hemingway App

  • This app is great if you struggle with editing your own work. You simply paste your writing into the app, and it will automatically highlight errors such as spelling and grammar mistakes. It also picks up on things spellcheck doesn't, such as ru-on sentences and frequently used words. It makes mistakes obvious, allowing you to fix them quickly.

  • 2. Thesaurus.com

  • One of the original and best online tools, the online Thesaurus allows you to expand your vocabulary in your work. It also offers a fun facts about the word of the day, and provides information about the origin of certain words. This site will help you widen your vocabulary and find the perfect word for just about every occasion.

  • 3. Boom Essays

  • This site offers quality writing help from highly qualified writers. They have experience in a wide array of areas, such as academic writing and general copywriting. So, whatever you need them to look at, they can help you. Boom Essays can edit, proofread and rewrite work for you, which is great if you're looking for some immediate help.

  • 4. Headline Analyzer

  • A top quality headline is key in hooking your readers to actually read your article. If your headline doesn't grab anyone's attention, there's no way the rest of your work will be read. This handy tool lets you paste in your current headline and gives you a score on how successful it would be. You can then use the provided information to tweak your title to your heart's content.

  • 5. Poynter

  • If you're looking to pick a professional's brains about how they write, Poynter is the site for you. They offer 'coffee break classes', where you can read some short, succinct advice on how to make your writing pop. Or, you can jump into more in-depth classes and seminars when you have the time. Whatever you're looking for, and no matter how much time you have to spare, there's probably a class for you.

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  • 6. Essay Roo

  • This website offers a huge variety of articles focused on improving your writing. They have general pieces that should help you improve your work as a whole, but they also have a wealth of advice on different writing styles, such as writing fiction, email campaigns or books. If you're looking for new ideas or a new way of approaching problems in your writing, this site can really help.

  • 7. Calmly Writer Online

  • The Calmly writer is the simplest yet most effective tool on this list. It offers a blank page in your web browser to write in. That's it. There's nothing else on the screen to distract you, so all you have to do is fill that page with words. Pop open a neatly hidden side bar, and you can download your work, insert media, or run it through a grammar check. There really aren't other writing apps that are as elegantly clean and simple as this.

  • Every writer is different, and some of these tools will work better for you than others. However, it's worth playing around with each of them and seeing what you can learn. Once you've picked out your favorites, you'll find that your writing skills and habits will improve. After that, well, the sky's the limit.

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