Writing is a craft, and a tough one at that. Whether you’re running a never-ending marathon with your first novel, or you’re breaking into the online world of blogging, sometimes we can find ourselves a little reluctant to admit that a little help here or there could be nice. Luckily, we don’t need to ask for help to get help, and that’s all thanks to the wealth of tech that’s available on the market today. Some come free, and some come at a cost, but we’ve pulled together a list of five that writers can’t live without to get you started.
There is nothing worse than finding out that you’ve, probably unknowingly, managed to plagiarise someone’s work. Similarly, finding out that someone has copied from you is even worse, but luckily there are plenty of plagiarism checker tools available online that can stop this from happening or help you to catch it before it becomes an issue. Plagiarism is a crime by law, so it’s vital that all writers check their work before publishing or submitting to prevent suffering the unfortunate consequences.
Evernote is, quite simply, a writer’s paradise when it comes to research and keeping all the things you could possibly need in one place. You can store everything in this universal program, which allows you to reach your files from a desktop app, the web, your mobile and more. You can save webpages, or even forward your emails to your Evernote notebooks. It is essentially an inbox for absolutely everything and as a writer, this backed-up storage facility is perfect for task management, note taking, storing drafts and so much more.
We know that not every writer is going to have a perfect 100% accurate grip on grammar and spelling all of the time and luckily enough, they don’t have to. If you have a way with words but don’t quite have a grasp on how semi colons work yet, Grammarly could be the tool you need. This downloadable tool is so much more than just a spell check. In fact, not only will it check everything you write, including status updates and emails, but it checks grammar, whether or not a sentence makes sense, and can even give suggestions for alternative wording.
Is there anything truly more satisfying than a noisy keyboard when we’re on a roll with our word count? Each time those keys are pressed, the noise is amazingly satisfying, and with the Das Keyboard, you can enjoy this even more. Das Keyboards lack the rubber mound that is seen on most keyboards, so as each key hits the metal plate below, you’ll have a much louder and much better feeling keystroke. If you truly want a challenge, you can even get these keyboards completely blank – yes, really. We hope you have your touch-typing skills ready!
Dragon is the tool you need when typing becomes a problem. If you’re bored of typing, or those thousands of words a day are giving you strain in your hands and wrists, Dragon will give you that break you need. This voice dictation tool can take some getting used to, but it’s one of the most accurate around. All you need to do is speak, and this program will put your words down on the page for you. If you can’t get around the idea of voice-dictating your novel or blog, why not use it to answer emails or take notes while you type?
The tech available on the market today is truly endless, and it’s worth taking a look to see what’s available to aid any needs that you might have. These are just five among thousands, so if none of these take your fancy, take a look around for yourself. You never know what you might find.