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[TIPS] 5 tools to help you write better

The Internet is a great place. You can find a nearly unlimited amount of information, which is usually available for completely free. If you are a writer, this really comes in handy, especially with the drawbacks you have as being a writer. You can always work on your typing speed and accuracy or find out who your writing style is similar to. What about writing better? Here’s a few things that can help you on your path to becoming a better writer.

Distractions are distracting. If they weren’t, they would be called something else. When you are at a computer with an internet connection, distractions are absolutely everywhere. Whether it’s the temptation to play a new game, or check your email and Facebook a dozen times every hour, distractions are there. I’ve written about FocusWriter before. It’s not the only program out there for distraction-free writing. Here are a couple more distraction-free writing tools.

WriteMonkey and Q10 are simple programs to help you focus on your writing by being fullscreen. The programs are customizable to give you a unique writing experience that keeps everything else out of the way.

Removing access to the other programs on your computer helps you stay on track with your writing. Both of these programs are great tools for doing this and they are both free, the same as FocusWriter.

If you get writer’s block before you even start and you can’t think of something to write about, there’s an online tool to help with that as well. The Plot Scenario Generator gives you a quick writing prompt to help get you started.

There are many writing prompts that it will generate and mix up. You can generate new ones until there’s one that grabs your attention or you can combine multiple prompts to get your next bestseller novel started.

A lot of people out there will act like their way of writing is the only way to do it. They’re all wrong. That’s why I appreciated a generalized list of questions to answer to help you on your way. “A Simple Novel Outline – 9 questions for 25 chapters” is a post on H.E. Roulo’s blog that does just that. It’s a list of simple generalized questions and where it could apply to your story to make it something people want to read.

After you get your plot, get the plot structured, and get it written without distraction, it’s time for a bit of proofreading. After the Deadline is a tool from Automattic that checks your spelling, grammar, and style for errors. Automattic is responsible for many WordPress tools, including WordPress.com and they make several quality products. After the Deadline is great for shortening the proofreading process, which I use it every time I write here on DHDaily.

Do you have other suggestions to help people write better? We really want to hear them. Let us know what you have to say in the comments below.

Posted by: Josh @ 9:00 am August 25, 2011