Whether we are occasional bloggers or professional content writers, there are tools that can help us go the extra mile from good to great content. Office suites do feature built-in spelling and grammar tools, but the web based ones we have in mind here are more advanced. Alongside prompting us to avoid clichés, they provide suggestions on making content more readable and engaging.
A condition for inclusion in this article was that the tools should be free and not require registration. This can be welcome if we need to use them on any device anywhere, without having to remember usernames and passwords. Some of them might lack impressive interfaces, but what matters is the deep down functionality they offer to any content writer.
This is a very simple and straightforward tool. It enables writers to avoid common clichés. There are phrases around that are so passé, readers focus on irritation at them, all too often ignoring otherwise intelligent content.
ClichéFinder is pretty good at weeding out even phrases that are only beginning to trend as clichés. Just copy and paste your text into the app, hit a button, and marvel at all the highlighted clichés.
This is a more sophisticated writer’s tool, suitable for assessing the usage frequency of set words across a text. You can also use it to hone the SEO properties of an article or blog post by counting word usage.
Even forgetting SEO, the tool is helpful in pointing out otiose tautologies, prompting writers or editors to replace the odd word or two with suitable synonyms.
Professional content writers or academics might well want to try this tool. It analyses textual properties ranging from passive voice and wordiness to sentence structure and all the way to transitions and nationalizations. It also pinpoints over-academic styling and egg-corns.
A great feature of Grammark is that you can adjust its settings, enabling it to highlight all potential issues that matter specifically to you.
As its name implies, this is a tool for finding synonyms and antonyms. What makes it unique is that it is a crowdsourced thesaurus built specifically for writers, where site visitors are able to vote for one synonym over others.
Power Thesaurus also provides word definitions and offers contextual examples of each word’s proper usage.
As simple as it might look, The Briticizser (sic!) is quite a useful tool for writers who have to tackle the challenges of English as a global language. It is very useful when you need your text to stick to language conventions that are different in different lects of the English language.
Simply paste text into the application, hit the button, and get two windows showing the original and amended versions. A simple, yet powerful tool that eliminates much of the hassle with spelling that office suites fail to recognize.
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