Hmm 7 free tools who wants to become a better writer

http://mashable.com/2015/06/04/7-writer-tools/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link#7ohUzPbZIkqy

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The link to Hemingway didn’t work for me so here’s the one that DOES work:
http://www.hemingwayapp.com/

To use: For those of you who are blonde (like me) on that page you look to the right and click on WRITE… it will then turn to user mode so you can copy and paste your text there for instant free analysis.

I am enjoying Grammerly and learned that it can be downloaded to your desktop for use with Word Office. 

I think I want to try out Hemingway, although it says your readability should be below 10th grade I’m not sure I believe that…but I think highlighting adverbs and passive voice usage would be very useful!

7 free tools for anyone who wants to become a better writer

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The awesome (and scary) thing about being a writer is that you can always improve. It’s why people can sit on a draft for weeks — every time they take “one more look,” they can find a way to make it better.While it’s definitely a fun challenge to see how long you can keep finessing your work, it’s not always practical. After all, your boss usually doesn’t want you working on that press release for weeks on end while you try to brainstorm the perfect opening line.Thankfully, there are plenty of resources out there that can speed the editing process up and make you more confident about the work you’re submitting. For today, I went though Product Hunt’s newest Tools for Writers collection and chose my seven favorites. Use them all, and you’ll be a stronger writer faster than you can say, “How did I ever live without these?”

1. Grammarly for Chrome

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As much as Microsoft Word’s AutoCorrect function annoys us, we must admit to missing those green and red squiggly lines when we’re writing online. Finding our own spelling and grammar mistakes isn’t always easy.

Enter: Grammarly (for Chrome users). Whether you’re crafting a message in Gmail, writing a Facebook post, or tweeting your latest mood, Grammarly helps you catch errors before they go live. In addition, its contextual spell-checker will save you from mixing up commonly confused words, so that you don’t embarrass yourself in that email to the higher-ups.

2. Hemingway

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If you struggle with being long-winded, Hemingway could be a game changer. The app helps you become a bolder, clearer, and more concise writer. Just open it in any browser, paste writing directly into the white space, and let Hemingway do its magic. As the screenshot above indicates, sentences that need different types of editing (think: simplifying the structure or eliminating passive voice) will be color-coded accordingly.

Hemingway doesn’t stop there — it also features a readability meter that tells you how difficult it is to comprehend your writing. If you’re aiming to deliver a succinct message, anything above “Grade Level 10” is, according to Hemingway, way too complicated.

3. Writepls

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Searching “best writing advice” on Google will, sadly, not always bring you the best writing advice. That’s why Writepls exists. The founder, Mark Marchenko, realized that even though thousands of writing-related articles are on the web, only a few are worth reading. So, to save you time, Writepls selects and sends the gems straight to your inbox.

The articles are currently grouped in four categories, and topics range from personal testimonials like “How I Cut My Writing Time From 2 Days to 4 Hours” to listicles like “The Ten and a Half Commandments of Writing.”

4. OneLook Reverse Dictionary

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I’m sure you’ve experienced the frustration when you have a word in mind but can’t quite remember it. OneLook’s Reverse Dictionary is committed to making sure that you never have to go through that again. After you search the concept you’re thinking of, Reverse Dictionary gives you a list of words and phrases related to it. And, chances are, the results will give you the word you were thinking of — plus better alternatives.

In my demo above, for instance, I searched up “urge to travel,” hoping to pinpoint the word “wanderlust.” But I found that answer #15, “itchy feet,” is the less cliché term I wanted to use.

5. Daily Page

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A daily habit is great, but what’s even greater is a daily habit that unlocks your creativity. And there’s no better way to unlock your creativity than by writing. If you think I’m talking about spending an hour every day to write about some highly debated issue, think again (who has time for that?). No, I’m talking about receiving a fun prompt every morning from Daily Page and answering it in one to two casual paragraphs before the end of the day.

Past prompts have included “describe your worst heartbreak,” “describe three qualities you admire from three different individuals,” and “I messed up…” As you write, you can decide whether to keep your response private or to share it with fellow Daily Pagers. Even if you select the first, you’ll have full access to public responses and can immerse yourself in other writers’ creative answers.

6. buffalo

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If you’d like to go beyond writing daily exercises and publish your thoughts online, buffalo could be the app for you. I know you’re wondering why in the world we need another blogging platform when existing ones like Medium and Tumblr are perfectly functional (and they are!). But buffalo is different because you don’t see other users’ content or excessive buffalo branding in your post.

If you’ve always wanted to become a better writer and are hoping to build a strong writing portfolio, consider trying it out. This tool is especially useful for any aspiring author who doesn’t have time to create a full-on personal website.

7. Reedsy

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Finally, if you’re serious about writing professionally, check out Reedsy — the marketplace that connects you with the best publishing professionals (think editors, cover illustrators, and marketers) and helps you create high-quality e-books. If you’re an aspiring author and are stuck after writing your first draft, Reedsy provides all the necessary services that will help you transform it into a published work.

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Published by: Kawanee Hamilton

Kawanee was born in Alexandria Louisiana but her first real memories are of Russellville Arkansas. She's always loved to read, and has always had an vivid imagination. She grew up in a house where almost everyone read, they didn't need a TV although she could still be found planted on her butt in front of her grandma's TV watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. She made up her first story with her mother when her cat died; it was about where pets go when they die. She continued to create stories from bad dreams she had and her dad would help her change nightmares to stories. They would sit up in a chair until the scary went away. He told her that: "Dreams, good or bad, are just stories your mind makes up. You are the author of your dreams; if you don't like them rewrite them. " She was hooked and has continued to read and write stories drawing from dreams, sights and just pure imagination. She just recently decided she'd like to try and get published and fail than wonder what if. Her story continues but where it goes from here is up to you, the Reader... She hopes you'll join her in finding out where her journey goes from here!

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