The 22 Best Writing Tools of 2022: A Guide for Writers (2023)

Before the computer there was the typewriter, and before the typewriter there was pen and paper, and before pen and paper there were plenty of other lost tools of writing — like clay, papyrus, wood, slate, parchment, and, of course, pens made out of reeds. (Fun fact: the name “Reedsy” is inspired by the “reed pen,” which was used as early as 800 B.C. for documentation).

As you can tell by now, the act of writing has been a part of human culture from the days of chiseling stories onto the walls of caves — and as we have evolved, so have our writing tools. In fact, today’s writers and storytellers are spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding which tools to use.

The following list details our favorite writing tools and resources for taking any idea through to its written conclusion. If you want to cut straight to the chase and find out which is the right writing app for you, we recommend taking this quick 30-second quiz.


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We all know Google Docs and Microsoft Word, so we’re not going to waste your time giving those two a run-down in our list. Below are four other word processors you might not know about, and that are worth checking out.

1. Reedsy Book Editor

Cost: Free
Does “fake it ‘til you make it” ring true to you? Well, the Reedsy Book Editor is a free, online word processor that formats your book as you write. See your drafts automatically turn into a professional-looking, ready-to-publish manuscript — and allow this glimpse of your work as the final product spur your motivation to write.

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It comes with an automatic spell-checker — and a built-in goal reminder system to get you back into shape if you find that you're falling behind on your writing schedule! Another one of the Reedsy Book Editor’s best functions is that it lets you instantly typeset your manuscript to EPUB and print-ready PDF files.

Check it out if: if you want a writing tool that takes care of formatting and conversion for you.

2. Draft

Cost: Free
Do you like a helpful tap on the shoulder, reminding you about something you need to do? Well, you’ll likely enjoy Draft then, because the book writing software not only keeps track of how many words you write per day, it can also email you daily reminders about your daily word count goals. (Of course, if this sounds a little too “hands-on” for you, you can always turn the reminder function off).

Other than that, Draft functions a lot like Google Docs: allowing you to track changes, collaborate via suggested edits, and make comments on the doc.

Check it out if: you like Google Docs, but want an even simpler interface.

3. LibreOffice

Cost: Free
Yes, we did say that we wouldn’t mention Microsoft Word, because by now everyone knows that it’s a useful writing tool. But we didn’t say we wouldn’t mention its free counterpart: LibreOffice.

LibreOffice is the open source answer for people who want to try Microsoft without paying the price tag. (Open source means that the software is built on code that anyone can inspect and enhance). Plus it’s compatible with all of the regular file types people are used to, such as .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, and .pptx files.

Check it out if: you like a classic word processor — and moreover, a free one.

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4. Mellel

Cost: $50 (or try a 30-day free trial)
The people behind Mellel don’t just know word processing — they also know catchy, memorable marketing. Their description of why writers should choose Mellel starts like this: “Mellel is a writer's dream come true. To start, it is exceedingly boring: it just works, day in and day out, reliably. An enormous number of people used Mellel to write and they all report that their journey with Mellel was boring and uneventful. As well it should. In other words, it does all the mundane bits, and leaves the creative stuff to you.”

Mellel is not free (and note that it’s only for Mac). In return for the price tag, you’ll get more book-specific tools than other, perhaps more traditional word processors — such as outlining and bibliography-making functions. And, judging by the witty, funny copy on Mellel’s website, Mellel makes the process of writing much more fun than they let on.

Check it out if: you’re a Mac user who wants more than the Pages app offers.

Organization tools

Plotters tend to finish their writing projects quicker than pantsers — simply because when they hit a wall, they have their notes or outlines to reference, allowing them to jump straight over that hurdle and hit the ground running. P.S. You can grab a free template for your book outline here in this comprehensive guide to outlining.

The following resources will help you keep your thoughts organized so that any bouts of writer’s block don’t slow you down.

5. Milanote

Cost: Free for basic plan or $12.50/month for premium.
Milanote is an easy-to-use creative writing app to organize your research, ideas, characters and outline in one place.

The vast majority of novelist-oriented writing software is organized around the idea of a linear document. But for most people, writing isn’t linear — because thinking isn’t linear. Writing is about gradually getting a jumble of ideas into shape, and Milanote's writing app matches the way writers think.

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Check it out if: you're a plotter who likes a flexible workspace to organize ideas and see a birds-eye view of how your story outline is coming together.

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Use this template to go from a vague idea to a solid plan for a first draft.

6. Evernote

Cost: free for basic plan or $9.99/month for premium.
Its cute, little green elephant logo aside, Evernote is a great and easy-to-use option for writers who could do with a little more organization in their lives.

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The app lets you quickly jot down thoughts, record audio notes, save online articles you’re hoping to reference, and it will sync all of this information across all of your Evernote-installed devices. What’s also handy about the app is the collaborative aspect of it: you can create shared accounts, so that multiple people can access saved documents at once.

Check it out if: you’re prone to getting great ideas while on the go, and need somewhere to make sure you don’t forget them by the time you’re home.

7. Ulysses

Cost: $5/month or $40/year (or try a 14-day free trial)
While it’s ultimately a writing tool, one of the best assets of comprehensive programs like Ulysses or Scrivener are their organizational features. At the end of the day, whether you’re writing a blog post or a full-length novel, the seed of an idea doesn’t get too far without the ability to organize that idea into a cohesive piece of writing.

And that’s exactly what Ulysses allows you to do: organize your thoughts into a well-written work. This is accomplished through features like customizable writing goals and deadlines, plain text enhancements, a distraction-free typewriter mode, bookmarks, outlining functions, and more.

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Check it out if: you’re working on a lengthy piece of non-fiction, like a blog post or essay. (For a comparison of Scrivener vs. Ulysses, keep reading!)

8. Scrivener

Cost: $45 (or a 30-use free trial)
Literature and Latte’s word processor is a popular writing tool — also, in large part, thanks to its organizational capabilities that seamlessly allow writers to turn fragmented ideas into a fully realized book/script/research paper/or whatever else you’re writing.

Scrivener vs Ulysses
Apart from the price (Scrivener charges a one-time licensing fee while Ulysses charges yearly), the two platforms offer many of the same features. So we’ll focus on what makes the two programs different.

  1. Scrivener’s corkboard function is an absolute favorite for writers who rely on visual aid to help with outlining. The function looks like an actual corkboard, and lets writers pin notes to the board in chronological order.
  2. Scrivener offers templates for works such as fiction, essays, recipe collections, screenplays, comic books — which gives Scrivener another point for versatility.
  3. Ulysses boasts an interface that is slightly more clean and simple — so if ease-of-use is high on your priority list, it might be the better option for you.
  4. Ulysses offers a very helpful WordPress and Medium integration, which bloggers who publish on either of these platforms will love.

Check it out if: you’re working on a longer piece of content (like a book or screenplay) and want one comprehensive place to manage all your work. (And don’t forget to check out our equally as comprehensive review of Scrivener’s newest update: Scrivener 3!)

Alright, let’s kick things into high gear now. You know what you want to use to write, and your thoughts and ideas are concisely organized. If you’re finding it difficult to buckle down and get the job done, these resources will help you realize that Nike manta: just do it.

9. Ommwriter

Cost: free web version or $7 for the full program
Do you find the clacking sound of old typewriters satisfying? Do you find soft, neutral colours calming? Does nothing really get you focused quite like a purposeful, long, deep breath? If so, Ommwriter might be the tool to help you reach your goal. As the site’s tagline reads, Ommwriter is “a perfect place to think and write.”

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With soothing background noises, customizable keyboard noises, and peaceful backgrounds to choose from, Ommwriter could just be the “break” from everything else going on around you that you need to write.

Check it out if: your very best writing ideas come to you while in “savasana.”

10. To Doist

Cost: free or $4/month for premium plan
Have you ever woken up in a cold sweat, panicking about something important you forgot to do? Or, god forbid, gripped in dread about how far behind you are on your word-count goals?

Well, To Doist might be able to help. It’s the ultimate app for creating to-do lists — but these aren’t your grandma’s pen-and-paper lists with little check marks beside them (though we mean no offense to your grandma). It lets you get a daily or weekly overview of your tasks, prioritize the tasks that are most important, and even lets you assign tasks to other people if you’re working on a specific goal with other collaborators.

Check it out if: you have never been able to find an agenda that’s souped up enough to keep you on track.

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11. Marinara Timer

Cost: Free
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method meant to promote productivity. In a nutshell, it stipulates that you should work for 25 minutes, then take a 5-minute break, then work for 25 minutes, take another 5-minute break, etc., etc.

The free-to-use Marinara Timer makes this easy for you by alerting you each time your work sessions and breaks are up. It also offers customizable timers in case the 25/5 isn’t quite right for keeping you on track. Fun fact: taking a break to stand up or walk (or do anything but sit!) every hour is also a good way to protect your back if you sit hunched at a computer working for long stretches at a time.

Check it out if: consistent breaks from work help actually keep you focused on the task at hand.

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12. Cold Turkey

Cost: Free for basic plan or $20 for premium plan
“Meet your match, Zuckerberg,” says Cold Turkey’s tagline. In case that, paired with the writing tool’s name, doesn’t make it clear enough, Cold Turkey is a program that allows you to completely rid yourself of distraction. And when we say “completely,” we mean completely.

With Cold Turkey, you can block yourself from accessing certain websites — or even your entire computer — for periods at a time, only allowing you to use the current document you’re working on.

Check it out if: “willpower” is not a characteristic you’d ascribe yourself, and the only way for you to get something done is in a totally distraction-free state.

13. Freedom

Cost:$7/month or $29/year (or a 7-use free trial)
Apart from pleasantly getting the “freedom” refrain from Aretha Franklin’s “Think” stuck in your head, the Freedom app is another resource that can turn your devices into tools of productivity once more.

It functions like Cold Turkey; however, a unique function of Freedom is the ability to sync your distraction-free periods across all your devices. So if you know that on Tuesdays, you want your computer, phone, and tablet to all block access to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook — you can!

Check it out if: letting other people know not to bother you during your non-negotiable writing time isn’t enough, you need to let yourself know not to interrupt, well, yourself.

14. Noisli

Cost: Free
If total silence encourages your mind to wander, whereas light sensory action keeps your thoughts on the task at hand, Noisli will be a friend to you. The tool lets you choose from a range of soundtracks, such as rain, coffee shop, wind, lake, and more. You can mix several sounds at once, and choose the volume for each one. So let’s say you want to create the atmosphere of writing by a babbling brook, with a fire crackling next to you, and the moon shining brightly overhead. Noisli will make this happen for you!

Check it out if: you get the most work done with white noise.

Editing tools

If you’re planning to publish a book — or any kind of writing you’re hoping to make a profit from, it’s crucial that your work is thoroughly edited. To that end, working with a professional editor is an investment you should give serious thought to.

In the meantime, here are a few editing tools that can help you out along the way. Hopefully, they’ll either ensure a typo-free draft, so by the time you do work with an editor, they can spend less time fixing small typos and more time on big-picture work, or, if you decide to forego a professional edit, you’ll have the tools to do the best editing job you can.

15. Hemingway

Cost: Free
The Hemingway app claims to make your writing “bold and clear.” It has a number of handy features like a word-counter and an automatic readability score. But its real use lies in the features that make suggestions to your prose. For instance, it might highlight a complex sentence that’s hard to read. It also highlights instances of passive voice, qualifiers, and adverbs. Let’s take a look at how this passage from Ernest Hemingway’s very own To Have and Have Not fares:

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“Just” is highlighted because it’s a qualifier, and Hemingway suggests, instead: “Be bold. Don’t hedge.” The sentence in red is highlighted as being hard to read. And “probably” is pointed out as an adverb — the app suggests using a forceful verb instead.

Check it out if: you want to bring out your inner Ernie. (Curious what else Hemingway offers? Check out our full review of the app right here.)

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16. Marlowe Pro

Cost: $29.95/mth or $199/year; $45 for single reports

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This manuscript assessment tool will provide in-depth feedback on your novel within minutes. Using artificial intelligence, Marlowe can analyze your plot, pacing, story beats, and readability — then provide actionable insights (as well as comp titles) based on its database of bestsellers across a number of genres.

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Check it out: to take a scientific and methodical approach to your developmental edits.

17. Cliché Finder

Cost: Free
Cliché Finder is exactly what it says on the tin: it combs through your writing in search of clichés, and then highlights them for you. It’s not always necessarily a bad thing to use clichés in your writing, but when you do, you want to be purposeful about it (and not to mention aware of it!).

Check it out if: you want to avoid clichés like the plague, and for your book to sell like hotcakes — and the rest is history.

18. Grammarly

Cost: Free
Have you ever sent an email, only to realize just as you hit “Send” that you’d made a glaring typo? Well, no more!

Grammarly essentially functions like the spell checker tool from Microsoft Word or Google Docs, but here’s the great part: it’s a plug-in that will work wherever you happen to writing. That means Twitter, Gmail, Google Docs, Facebook — anywhere. Plus it offers vocabulary or alternate word suggestions — for instance, it might suggest you replace “walking aimlessly,” with the word “wandering.”

Check it out if: you’re typo-prone! (Read below for a comparison of Grammarly vs. ProWritingAid.)

19. ProWritingAid

Cost: Free browser extension or $79/year for the full software
ProWritingAid is a tool you can install that will proofread and spell check your material for you, no matter where you’re writing. It will also offer suggestions to improve your overall language — outside of just grammatical technicalities. (You can even get 20% off via this special offer!)

ProWritingAid vs Grammarly
The two programs offer a lot of the same services, so you might be wondering which one to pick. We have a review of ProWritingAidthat dives deep into this comparison, but the main differences are:

  1. Grammarly is free to use, and while ProWritingAid offers a free Google Chrome plug-in, this free option only offers spell checking services, it won’t make editorial suggestions.
  2. ProWritingAid is slightly more tailored towards authors, while Grammarly is a slightly better fit for articles and essays. Ultimately, both tools lend a very helpful editing hand, so deciding between the two mostly boils down to the one you enjoy using more.

Check it out if: you want to make sure your writing is as polished as possible.

At the end of the day, all you really need to write is a pen and paper. All the fancy tools and apps in the world won’t get the words out for you. That being said, creating an environment that’s appealing — and conducive! — to write in can make the whole process more enjoyable, and encourage you to get the job done.

Here are few physical tools to look over if you’re thinking of sprucing up your workspace.

20. Livescribe Pen

Cost: starts at $100
If you prefer writing on paper, but dread the process of transferring your words to a computer, Livescribe will likely be right up your alley. Through Bluetooth technology, the pen can actually transcribe your pen and paper words to your device. What’s more, it can also transcribe voice notes into digital documents for you.

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Check it out if: you’ve ever felt envy at Rita Skeeter’s Quick-Quotes Quill in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

21. Ergonomic desk setups

Cost: Varies
As more and more of the workforce moves to sedentary jobs where the majority of 9am to 5pm is spent sitting — usually hunching — at a computer, a growing number of sitting-related health injuries have been occurring. That’s why looking into more ergonomically friendly desk setups is a good idea for writers who spend long hours at the computer — or even writing in a notebook. This could be a standing desk, or even just a number of textbooks piled under your desktop so that your screen is eye level, resulting in less stress on your shoulders.

Check it out if: you don’t want writing gains to come at the cost of growing back pains.

22. Computer Glasses

Cost: Varies
Writers are all familiar with computer-caused eyestrains. Because you blink far less when looking at a screen than you do otherwise, computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a condition people have been developing due to long stretches of staring at a computer.

One way to help alleviate this — other than just making sure to take time looking away from your computer — is to invest in some computer glasses. They typically come in blue or amber shades, and are coated with a protective coating.

There are several brands you can check out, such as Pixel Eyewear or Felix Gray.

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Check it out if: you notice itchy or tired eyes after long writing sessions.

Have you tried any of the above writing tools — and if so, which were your favorites? Or maybe you feel there are some great resources missing from this list? Let us know in the comments below!


What is the most used writing tool? ›

All the Book Writing Software
RankBook Writing SoftwareType
1ScrivenerWord Processing
2Google DocsWord Processing
3Google SheetsSpreadsheet
4VellumBook Formatting
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Is living writer free? ›

LivingWriter is free to start, so you've got nothing to lose.

What is the best tool for writing a book? ›

15 Book Writing Software Programs That Can Make Your Life Easier
  1. Scrivener. Scrivener is the ultimate book-organization tool. ...
  2. Google Docs. Google Docs is a great collaborative tool. ...
  3. Freedom. ...
  4. ProWritingAid. ...
  5. Grammarly. ...
  6. Novel Factory. ...
  7. Hemingway Editor. ...
  8. Evernote.
17 Mar 2020

What software does JK Rowling use? ›

I use Scrivener and OmniOutliner to plan and write my novels. I loathe Microsoft Word. What tools do you use?

What writing program does Stephen King use? ›

Interesting fact: Stephen King uses MS Word writing software to draft his book manuscripts. He uses Final Draft to write screenplays. How much does MS Word cost? Microsoft Word costs $139.99 as a one-time purchase.

What are 3 things that good writers do? ›

  • Good writers make a good first impression. ...
  • Good writers make their endings strong, too. ...
  • Good writers organize their articles and stories so that readers can follow along without getting lost or confused. ...
  • Good writers rewrite. ...
  • Good writers don't just tell something, they show it.
17 Mar 2009

What skills a writer should have? ›

7 Important Skills For A Writer
  • Creativity. Creativity helps writers to express their ideas, structure a piece of writing or solve a writing-related problem. ...
  • Research abilities. ...
  • Search engine optimisation (SEO) ...
  • Communication. ...
  • Editing. ...
  • Time management. ...
  • Adaptability.
21 Jul 2022

What skills make you a good writer? ›

Skills for a writer
  • Communication skills. It may seem obvious, but any writer should possess excellent communication skills. ...
  • Adaptability. ...
  • Discipline. ...
  • Organization skills. ...
  • Research skills. ...
  • Editing. ...
  • Know what you want to write. ...
  • Follow the readability principles.
20 Apr 2021

Can I get paid to write from home? ›

Plenty of people and publications will pay you to write articles, blog posts and more. If you're freelancing, it all depends on how you find your client. Many companies hire writers as employees.

Do writers pay you? ›

Writers Work is a freelance platform that allows writers to find jobs from online clients, complete them, and get paid, all while working from home if you prefer.

What is the best free writing website? ›

Best Free Online Writing Tools to Write a Book
  • Google Docs.
  • Kindle Vella.
  • Scrivener app.
  • Milanote.
  • Pomodoro Timer.
  • Ulysses app.
  • Cliché Finder.
  • yWriter.
19 Jul 2022

What is the best free app to use for writing a book? ›

Table of contents
Ideal ForPlatforms Available
Google DocsBest Free Writing AppAndroid iOS
GrammarlyBest Writing App for Emails & Short-FormAndroid iOS
Final DraftBest Writing App for ScreenwritersiOS
NovlrBest Writing App for ProductivityAndroid iOS
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24 May 2022

What app do writers use to write? ›

The 14 Best Writing Apps
  • MS Word / Google Docs / Pages. Although it may seem obvious, these standard word-processing apps should at least be mentioned in a list of the best writing apps. ...
  • Ulysses. ...
  • Reedsy. ...
  • Scrivener. ...
  • iA Writer. ...
  • WriteRoom. ...
  • Storyist. ...
  • Hemingway.
27 Apr 2021

Why is Scrivener better than word? ›

Pros: Made specifically for writing books. While Microsoft Word gets more and more difficult to use the bigger your document gets, Scrivener gets more and more useful as your document grows. That's mainly because of its “binder feature,” which is a simple but game-changing advance for word processors.

What is the best word processor for writing a novel? ›

If there was a popularity test for word processing tools, Scrivener would be a major contender. It's a top tool for all types of writing, from novels to screenplays to memoirs and much more. If you're looking to organize your writing, research, notes, thoughts, and all in one central place, Scrivener delivers.

What is the cost of Scrivener? ›

It costs $49 to get a license to use Scrivener on either Mac or Windows. However, if you want to use Scrivener on both, you can get a bundle for $80. You would receive a separate license for each operating system.

Who is Stephen King's favorite writer? ›

Stephen King, the undisputed master of the horror genre, an award-winning novelist who has enjoyed unprecedented success when transitioning his work into cinema, has named his ten favourite novels which range from the likes of George Orwell, J.R.R. Tolkien, Katherine Anne Porter and more.

What is Stephen King's daily routine? ›

That's my routine. I'll do sit-ups and push-ups four days a week, and try to get on the treadmill. A lot of times I'll get on the treadmill for half an hour when the news is on at night. I usually have my iPad propped on the treadmill so I can do Words With Friends, because I play with a couple of people.

What are the 6 qualities of good writing? ›

The Six Traits of writing are Voice, Ideas, Presentation, Conventions, Organization, Word Choice, and Sentence Fluency. It creates a common vocabulary and guidelines for teachers to use with students so that they become familiar with the terms used in writing.

What are the 7 traits of good writing? ›

These standards focus on revising, editing, and publishing work using technology- all seven of the traits: ideas, organization, word choice, voice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation speak to these standards.

What five things should a writer consider? ›

The following is a brief description of five qualities of good writing: focus, development, unity, coherence, and correctness. The qualities described here are especially important for academic and expository writing.

How do you know if you're a talented writer? ›

In the meantime though, here are are six signs that you're probably a good writer:
  1. You have a good imagination. ...
  2. You're open to learning. ...
  3. You had lots of pen-friends growing up. ...
  4. You're always asked to write things for other people. ...
  5. Writing gives you clarity. ...
  6. You read voraciously.
1 Jun 2022

What does a good writer always do? ›

Good writers, like any good communicator, worry about one thing and one thing only: connecting their audience to the story. Good writers construct their writing in a way that's understood by their target audience. Big words, little words, made up words and even text speak are all up for grabs.

What personality traits do writers have? ›

Authors tend to be predominantly artistic individuals, meaning that they are creative and original and work well in a setting that allows for self-expression. They also tend to be investigative, which means that they are quite inquisitive and curious people that often like to spend time alone with their thoughts.

What websites will pay you to write? ›

Get Paid to Write: 14 Websites That Pay Writers $100+
  • FreelanceMom. ...
  • Vibrant Life. ...
  • Transitions Abroad. ...
  • Christian Science Monitor. ...
  • A List Apart. ...
  • Barefoot Writer. ...
  • Zift. ...
  • Income Diary.

Where can I write and get paid instantly? ›

Opportunities to Write and Get Paid Instantly
  • Listverse. Listverse is considered the original Top 10 website, which not only makes for an interesting read, but also a potential source of income. ...
  • Wonderslist. ...
  • Cracked. ...
  • Tuts+ ...
  • SitePoint. ...
  • Smashing Magazine. ...
  • Photoshop Tutorials. ...
  • InstantShift.
17 Jun 2021

How do I get paid to write on Amazon? ›

13 Steps to Become an Amazon Reviewer
  1. Be an Amazon Member.
  2. Download the Amazon App.
  3. Start Writing Reviews.
  4. Start Receiving Free Stuff.
  5. Write Better Reviews.
  6. Know Your Goal.
  7. Create a Star System of Your Own.
  8. Make a Shopping List.
8 Jul 2022

What can I write to make money? ›

How to Make Money Writing
  1. Guest Post on High-Paying Publications and Magazines. ...
  2. Become a Copywriter. ...
  3. Do Freelance Content Writing for Businesses. ...
  4. Ghostwrite Stories. ...
  5. Get Paid to Write on Medium. ...
  6. Self-Publish on Kindle. ...
  7. Blog and Make Money through Affiliate Marketing. ...
  8. Find Paid Writing Internships.
24 Aug 2021

What do writers make per hour? ›

On Payscale, the national average is listed as $23.67 per hour. ZipRecruiter, gives an average hourly wage of $31 per hour but specifies that most writers' salaries range between $17 and $35 per hour.

How much does a writer usually make? ›

Report: How Much Authors Make
James PattersonThriller novelist$86 million (2018)
JK RowlingYoung Adult author$54 million
Stephen KingHorror author$27 million
John GrishamLegal Drama author$21 million (2018)
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4 Feb 2020

How can I improve my writing for free? ›

Here are 16 ways you can start improving your writing skills right now.
  1. Brush Up on the Basics. ...
  2. Write Like It's Your Job. ...
  3. Read Like It's Your Job. ...
  4. Find a Writing Partner. ...
  5. Join a Workshop or Take a Night Class. ...
  6. Dissect Writing That You Admire. ...
  7. Imitate Writers You Admire. ...
  8. Remember That Outlines Are Your Friend.
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How can I practice free writing? ›

Freewriting Techniques
  1. Clear your mind. Relax. Forget all of the rules concerning grammar. ...
  2. Set a time limit for yourself. If you are a beginning writer try a ten-minute limit. ...
  3. After you've set a time limit, WRITE. Don't stop. ...
  4. When the time limit is finished, STOP. Write nothing else.

What software do TV writers use? ›

Some popular screenwriting software include Final Draft, Squibler, Celtx Studio, WriterDuet Screenplay Pro, Slugline (for Mac), or ScriptsPro for Windows.

What is the best app to write a story on? ›

  1. Scrivener. Desktop story writing app. ...
  2. ProWritingAid. Story-editing app. ...
  3. LivingWriter. Story planning and writing app, with templates. ...
  4. Final Draft. Story writing app for screenwriters. ...
  5. Autocrit. Story editing app. ...
  6. Write! Distraction-free writing app. ...
  7. Campfire. Story planning and world-building app. ...
  8. Ulysses.

Are there any free writing apps? ›

  • ProWritingAid. Come on. ...
  • Hubspot's Blog Ideas Generator. Even the best writers run into blocks sometimes. ...
  • Canva. As writers, we don't just have to worry about the words we put on the page (or screen). ...
  • Milanote. ...
  • LibreOffice. ...
  • Scribus. ...
  • FocusWriter. ...
  • Evernote.
7 Nov 2022

Is there an app to improve writing skills? ›

Grammarly is an incredible and well-designed app with a wealth of features that guide and improve your writing. From the basics like checking grammar and punctuation to recommending tone and word choices.

Which social media platform is best for writers? ›

I'll show some of the better social media platforms for writers, how to best approach them, and which writers are doing it right –so you can see what it looks like when done to a level that will bring real success.
List of Social Media for Writers
  • Facebook.
  • Twitter.
  • Instagram.
  • Tiktok.
  • Goodreads.
31 Jul 2022

What is the most used writing style? ›

Modern Language Association (MLA)

The Modern Language Association style is almost exclusively used in the academic world. It applies mostly to literature and humanities. This is likely the style first introduced to most writing students and undergrads.

What is the most popular form of writing? ›

Expository Writing – This is the most common type of writing. This blog post is an example of expository writing, as I'm explaining a concept and providing information. However, expository writing often doesn't include the author's opinions.

What are the 2 essential tools for a writer? ›

There are 5 essential tools for writers.
  • Writing App. A writing app is the most important tool you will use all the time. ...
  • Editing Tools. If you are writing whether it is emails or social media posts, or articles, you need an editing tool. ...
  • Notes Taking Tools. ...
  • Newsletters Apps. ...
  • Speech To Text.
5 Apr 2022

What is the first tool of writing? ›

The earliest material used to write on was clay. It needs little preparation before use, is easy to work and was readily available in Mesopotamia, where the first writing developed. Damp clay could be formed into a tablet in the hand and drawn into with a stylus.

What are the 4 types of handwriting? ›

Types of Handwriting
  • Cursive Handwriting. Cursive handwriting is 'joined-up' writing where letters are connected, making it faster to write as you needed to take your pen off the page less. ...
  • Print Handwriting. ...
  • Modern Cursive. ...
  • Letter Shapes. ...
  • Letter Size. ...
  • Letter Spacing. ...
  • Letter Angle.
9 Oct 2020

Which writing style is fastest? ›

Tip: Cursive handwriting is often faster than print. More connected letters allow for a smoother and faster transition between words.

What are the 3 main types of writing? ›

As explained in the USC Rossier infographic, “There are three writing capacities: writing to persuade, writing to explain, and writing to convey real or imagined experiences.” These three types of writing are usually called argument, informative, and narrative writing.

What are the four things that a writer must consider? ›

Factors to consider
  • Audience: If you had a favour to ask, would you do it in the same way whether it was aimed at a close friend, your parents or a professor? ...
  • Purpose: Why do you write? ...
  • Context: Any topic exists within a larger context. ...
  • Media: All children should be immunised.

What techniques do good writers use? ›

8 Tips for Improving Your Writing Style
  • Be direct in your writing. Good writing is clear and concise. ...
  • Choose your words wisely. ...
  • Short sentences are more powerful than long sentences. ...
  • Write short paragraphs. ...
  • Always use the active voice. ...
  • Review and edit your work. ...
  • Use a natural, conversational tone. ...
  • Read famous authors.
23 Sept 2022

What is the oldest piece of writing? ›

The Epic of Gilgamesh started out as a series of Sumerian poems and tales dating back to 2100 B.C., but the most complete version was written around the 12th century B.C. by the Babylonians.

What are the types of writing materials? ›

Ancient Writing Materials
WoodOstrakaWax Tablets
27 Apr 2015

Who invented writing tools? ›

The Romans created a reed-pen perfect for parchment and ink from the hollow tubular-stems of marsh grasses, especially from the jointed bamboo plant. They converted bamboo stems into a primitive form of fountain pen and cut one end into the form of a pen nib or point.


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