Whether you have just started writing or have been at it for some time, you can always improve your skills to produce better content. There are hundreds of writing aids and tools that can help you improve the grammar, structure and vocabulary of your write ups.
In this short guide, we look at ten free tools that can be very useful for writing eBooks as well as articles, blogs and other similar content.
This app is amazing if you love writing but can’t sit still due to work or study. It can be used on mobile devices, including your phone or tablet. It is like a second brain that lets you jot down points, capture ideas, or take notes, anytime, anywhere.
The application has an easy to use interface and gives you plenty of writing areas. You can do any kind of writing in Evernote, from creating checklists and setting reminders to drawing out specific notes and plot ideas for your new book. Each note can be given a heading and you can categorize them any way you like.
The app can be synchronized between multiple devices and offers up to 60 MB of cloud space on its free plan. That should be plenty if you’re just using plain text notes that you would like to convert to a book later. If you would like to add images to your book or want to use larger files, you can upgrade your cloud storage for a small fee.
Use the power and expertise from one of the biggest digital corporations around. Google Docs was initially introduced to compete with MS Word and had plenty of issues. But it has come a long way now and become a trusted tool for authors who rely on cloud based connectivity for writing and sharing their work.
The application has a lot to offer. It’s free, compatible across different platforms, easy to use, offers many powerful features and requires no backups since everything is in the cloud.
The best thing about this software is how it offers great collaboration between multiple users. If you are using professional eBook writing services or an editor to fine tune your work, you can invite them to the document and watch as they make changes. Everything is tracked in suggestion mode, and your editor or publisher can even leave comments on your book in the document.
Grammarly has become a must have for every aspiring author, blogger and writer. While most word processors will check your work for spelling and grammar mistakes, very few actively try to improve the overall quality of the writing.
This is where Grammarly shines. This online word processor goes beyond correcting spelling mistakes. It helps you fix more than 250 types of English errors, sentence structures and use of incorrect words. The app can also suggest synonyms for your chosen words as you write to improve the context and clarity of sentences. It also helps make your writing short, simple, and direct.
The platform is free to use for basic services and you can get a subscription if you have to do a lot of writing regularly. Many professional eBooks writing services use this software to enhance the quality of their work.
A discussion on professional book writing tools wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Scrivener. It is the ultimate writing tool that is used by thousands of published writers and authors across the globe.
The app helps organize your work, allowing you to break up your book into chapters and sections that can be easily reorganized. You can set project targets for daily word count goals and then track how your work has progressed.
There is a composition mode that allows you to stay focused and removes all the clutter from your work. The app also offers complete formatting tools to make it ready for publishing on platforms like Amazon etc.
The app costs $49, but you can get a free trial version for 30 days to try it out.
While word processors like Google Docs and Grammarly focus on the writing part, Vellum is all about formatting and how your final book will look like. It is a nifty tool that will give you a great looking eBook finish, every time.
The application offers a powerful previewer mode where you can set how the book will look like in its finished form. You can easily change the appearance of the book on Kindle, iPhone, Nook and other eReaders.
The software also offers option-based formatting which can be useful in the early stage of designing your eBook.
The software costs $199 but you can get a trial version for one month to test it out for free.
If you are looking to write short eBooks or magazines with lots of images and design elements, then Scribus would be the perfect option.
It is a free, open-source platform that allows you to create rich, professional layouts for everything from one-page pamphlets to magazines, manuals, and self-help books. The software is a little complex and takes a bit of time to learn all the features. Once you get the hang of things, it is both easier to use and cheaper (since it’s free!) than any other scribing tools out there.
ProWritingAid is a 3 in 1 online word processor, editor and design style guide. It checks and removes a variety of potential problems in your writing that can be missed for the proof reader such as overused words, transitions, vague and abstract words, incorrect sentence structure and much more.
The app comes in two variants, free and subscription package. The free ProWritingAid online tool allows writers to upload their documents and access more than 20 in-depth writing reports. It is a great application that will improve the strength and clarity of your texts quickly and easily.
This is another great online alternative to MS Word. LibreOffice offers many great features, including an easy to use interface, sophisticated word processing layout, powerful editing tools and support for a variety of file formats.
If you are new to writing, you can create everything from a simple memo to a complete book on this word processor. Authors who are using multiple devices will find it useful for writing and publishing eBooks. The software is completely free.
This is another great word processor that is particularly popular with novelists and book writers. It offers impressive features for writing, organizing, designing, and publishing your eBooks.
One of the features we really liked is that it allows you to keep your projects organized by putting notes on everything. For example, you can create notes on every new character introduced in your book that you can reference to further flesh them out.
You can also put down notes on different scenes, chapter goals or events in your book. It is available for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS.
Distractions are one of the biggest problems that many authors struggle to overcome. It is very easy to get distracted by notifications, messages and other clutter on your desktop while you are trying to think and write.
FocusWriter is a tool used to reduce distraction. It minimizes your screen to a single word processor interface so that you can write your eBook with complete focus. All new messages, popups and notifications are kept hidden in the background until you close the app.
While it isn’t the best tool for editing your work or going through the second or third draft, it is great for writing with complete focus through the first run. You can complete the in-depth editing on a different tool later.
There you have it. Ten amazing apps that will help you write your next eBook with ease. Do you think we missed an app that deserves mention here? Let us know in the comments below!