18 July 2018

8 tools to improve your writing skills

Inge Muijshondt
Marketing | MyOnlineStore

What’s a good online store without good texts? It may sound obvious, but writing can be tricky, especially if you’re not a language whiz. Luckily, there are tools that can help you write like a pro! Let’s have a look at a few…

Grammarly can be an incredibly handy tool to check your texts, emails or social-media posts. It lists the errors, and it gives you synonyms and writing tips. Grammarly is available as a free add-on for your Chrome browser. 

Write.and.never.stop. Choose how long you’d like to write for. If during this time you stop typing for longer than 5 seconds, you lose all your texts. It may sound daunting, but this app is really handy if you’re looking to start writing. Just jot down your thoughts without overthinking. Go with the flow. This is also called freewriting or brain dumping.

This free tool is particularly handy for online merchants who have an integrated blog. All you need to do is enter three words that could be relevant to your blog (for this item, it could be ‘writing’,  ‘writing skills’ and ‘blogging’), and you’ll get five possible blog topics to choose from.

When you’re always writing about the same products, it’s hard not to repeat things over and over again. This site helps you find synonyms to make your text more pleasant to read. Handy, right? In terms of SEO it could also be useful to use alternatives to a word, so add variety and shake things up! A similar website is Synonym.com.

Noisli allows you to mix various sounds to create the perfect working environment. It gives your creativity a boost and helps you work more efficiently. Coffitivity and OmmWriter are two similar tools that allow you to select not only music, but also a relaxing background.

Writing about a random topic can be the ultimate way to boost your writing skills. Creative Writing Prompts gives you 346 so-called ‘writing prompts’, which probably have nothing to do with your store or your products, but they can be a good way to practice and boost your writing skills. A similar app is Getprompts.

The tomato technique (named after a tomato-shaped kitchen timer) aims at maximum concentration. The idea is that you set the timer at 25 minutes and achieve as much as possible in that timeframe. Once the timer starts running, you should start writing. You can’t stop before the timer rings. After 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break (a ‘short break’) and then get back to work for an additional 25 minutes. After four sessions, you can have a 10-minute break (a ‘long break’).

Write on Track is a handy site when you’ve still got large quantities of (product) texts to write. Once you have entered how many words you still have to write, the app will keep track of your progress and recalculate how many words you need to write every day to finish the job (available against a one-time payment of $1.99).

 

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