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The Ultimate Writing Toolkit: 22 Awesome Writing Tools

By Lauren Holliday

“I’m not a writer.”

I hear some version of this statement nearly everyday, and my answer is always, “You have to be.”

Whether you’re a designer, developer, whoever, you need to be able to write well in a world where so much communication takes place via emails, text messages and Slack groups.

Since we know writing can be a drag, we compiled the ultimate writing toolkit – a list of 22 fantastic tools and articles that will transform your writing.

22 Amazing Writing Resources

1. What Do the Best Writers Do That Other Writers Don’t?

Article | 4 min. read

This article is so helpful, I’ve favorited it in my Pocket. In his piece, Joel Klettke explains what the best writers do that bad writers don’t. Spoiler Alert: The best writers have a process, which he elaborates on in the post.

2. What Does All Great Content Have in Common?

Article | 4 min. read

Klettke did again with his post detailing the factors all great content has in common. I’ve bookmarked this article as well. Your content must either be new or the first to report, most current, most complete, have new packaging or a fresh voice/viewpoint.

3. This Writing GPS Helps You Create Ridiculously Good Content

Article | 6 min. read

This article is an excerpt from Ann Handley’s Everybody Writes. Maybe you don’t have a writing process already. And maybe you didn’t like Klettke’s writing process in the above read. In that case, read this post detailing another writing process.

4. 10 Brilliant Examples of How to Open Your Next Blog Post With a Bang

Article | 5 min. read

This one is a must-bookmark. Before I begin writing any article, after I’ve done my outline, I look at two posts, and this is one of them. Your first sentence and paragraph need to be your best because that is what keeps readers reading. In this article, you’ll get 11 fantastic, lede ideas.

5. How to Write Good Story Leads

Article | 6 min. read

This is the other post I review before I write a blog post. Similar to No. 4, “How to Write Good Story Leads” rattles off a list of the best ways to open your next article. Bookmark it!

6. HubSpot’s 5 Free Blog Post Templates

Template | Free, Email required

Experiencing writer’s block? You’re not the only one, which is why HubSpot created five free blog post templates to get you started. With this download, you’ll receive templates for the following types of posts:

  • How-to
  • Listicals
  • Curated Collection
  • Slideshare Presentation
  • Newsjacking

7. HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator

Tool/Template | Free, Email required

Input three keywords and HubSpot outputs 365 blog title ideas into a downloadable Excel spreadsheet you can reuse again and again.

8. Portent’s Title Maker

Tool | Free

Similar to HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator is Portent’s Title Maker. This tool generates headlines based on keywords you input. Play with it until you find a title you love.

9. 52 Headline Hacks: A Cheat Sheet for Writing Blog Posts That Go Viral

Ebook | Free

I know this link better than the back of my hand because it proves so valuable to me time and time again. Bookmark it, and steal its best headlines, which is all 52 of them.

10. Ulysses

Mac App | $44.99

I’ve tried every writing app for Mac out there, and Ulysses is by far my favorite. It’s like a cleaner, more simplistic version of Evernote. I find its “Copy as” feature very useful as writers I work with submit their copy in Markdown, which I obviously cannot copy into WordPress.

11. Hemingway

Web and Desktop App | Free

Hemingway Editor is useful for when it comes time to edit your post. Not only does it tell you its “Readability” score, but it also highlights which sentences are hard (or very hard) to read, simpler phrase alternatives, when to remove adverbs and when you’re using passive voice.

12. Pocket

Web and Desktop App | Freemium

Pocket is where I store all of my favorite articles – not just posts I don’t have time to read at the moment. By “tagging” and “favoriting” posts, I am able to revisit these must-bookmark posts extremely quickly. It’s also a great source of blog topic ideas.

13. Medium

Publishing Platform | Free

If you’re looking for a place to blog, I highly recommend using Medium’s platform. It’s beautiful interface makes writing enjoyable.

14. Writepls

Directory | Free

Just discovered this one on Product Hunt. It’s a curated list of articles to help you write and publish online. I haven’t gone through all of them yet, but they look pretty awesome.

15. The Modern Storyteller’s Toolbox

Directory | Free

ReadThisThing curated a list of tools, products and resources to help you tell great stories.

16. Google Voice

Tool | Free

I like to use Google Voice for interviews because it allows me to record phone calls, which I then submit to Rev for transcription services.

17. Help Me Write

Website/Social Network | Free

Ever wondered if anyone actually wanted to read what you wanted to write about before you invested anytime in it? Help Me Write is here to help you do just that. Post your pitch ideas and users will vote on which ones they want to read about.

18. 101 Sales Email Templates

Templates | Free

This was one of the best things I’ve ever stumbled upon on the Internet. Need an opening line for your next email to a client? Or are you doing some cold outreach? Whatever email activity you’re doing, use these 101 templates to help your writing stand out.

19. Great Email Copy

Inspiration | Free

If you want a dose of the best written emails from around the web, then you need to visit this website. You can filter by tags or categories.

20. Really Good Emails

Inspiration | Free

This is exactly the same thing as No. 19, but I like both so I shared both.

21. Canned Emails

Templates | Free

Canned Emails is a minimal site with a long list of prewritten emails. Click on “view plaintext” to view the different emails for each topic. Topics vary from “apologies” to “follow ups” and the list scrolls on.

22. Kopywriting Kourse

Course | Free

This is the best course I’ve ever taken on writing by far. Don’t want to buy it? Then just read Neville’s blog. I promise you won’t regret it.

What are your favorite writing tools? Tell us in the comments below. Don’t be shy. =)

  • http://www.wdipl.com/ John Donavan

    Thanks for sharing such a useful info. This web development tools are of great useful.

  • adaivanoff

    Here is a brilliant tutorial on how to write Web dev tuts and articles: http://www.impressivewebs.com/how-to-write-great-web-development-articles-tutorials.

    I checked some of the links in the article, for instance the Leads one – great examples. Still, it’s so subjective which lead is good and when to use a particular type of lead.

  • Ada Popescu

    So much to read … thanks! This is great!

  • http://writingwisewords.co.za Heideli Loubser

    Wonderful list of tools, thanks so much for sharing. Will be checking them out and hoping to develop further possibilities out of some of these ideas.

  • John Garbi

    Great post! When it comes to finding that tip-of-the-tongue word, the Writers’ Reverse Dictionary (http://writersdictionary) is your best friend. Have you heard of it before?

  • http://www.saleshandy.com/ Myriam Caron

    Hey Lauren, glad to read your blog, thanks for sharing such a useful info. Here I want to add one more writing tool SalesHandy which I think good for sales and marketing. In SalesHandy they can write, share and save their email templates. Want to know some more information about it then visit on SalesHandy.

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