Online Resources for Great Writing

GUEST COLUMN | by Phillip Garsia

Writing requires a variety of resources to be considered successful. Modern Internet technology has numerous dependable tools you can use to write better. Whether you’re a student, wishing you could write better papers and essays — or you’d like to become a famous screenwriter someday — there’s a tool for you online. This article gives you numerous great writing tools, including those for organization, grammar, plagiarism and many others.

Writing aids

These are the tools you can use to make your work authentic and rich.

Plagtracker – This is a great tool that allows you to escape plagiarism in your written work. Its accurate to sentence level. It can not only add credibility to your work, but it can also enable you get credit for it as the original author-online.

Visuwords – This is an online graphic dictionary. It helps you draw word meanings, associations and ideas.

Focus writer-This is an aid that helps bolster writing focus. It’s a distraction free environment which is very important if you want to make it as a writer.

Organization tools

Organization is the most important part of writing well. Here are a few organization tools for writing.

Evernote-This is a great tool that will help you keep track of all your writing. It’s a cloud solution. This means that, you will be able to write notes, ideas and other small bits that you can use to make your pieces masterpieces. Besides, Evernote also helps you bookmark sites for references, organize note, snap pictures, etc.

Clipmarks – This is another useful widget that enables users to clip web pages easily. It’s also created as a browser plugin. This enables you to access easily and creates a richer writing experience.

Bubbl.us – This is a great tool for the visual thinkers. When you see words, what comes to mind? If it’s a lot, this is the writing tool for you. It can incidentally help you brainstorm writing ideas easily. Its best used as a mind mapping tool.

Wise-mapping-This tool is similar to Bubbl.us. It helps your mind map ideas and analogies. It’s an effective brainstorming web application.

Grammar

Grammar is what syncs the message you write. It makes the message consumable. It also helps articulate the details in any piece of writing. This fosters easy reading and understanding. Here are some great grammar writing tools:

Grammarly – This tool is amazing for grammar. It works online and enables you create highly grammatical pieces. Fortunately or unfortunately, although it’s not free, it has a median subscription after the 7 day free trial is done.

Grammar girl – The grammar girl has many writing tips and advice. It’s a full resource to make you a better writer. It also has rich resources for grammar and writing mistakes people make. These when added can make you a better writer.

Oxford dictionaries-This is an amazing website with tremendously beneficial writing resources and grammar tips.

Dictionaries

Only poor writing is good with less vocabulary. However, you need to understand the different words and their meanings to use them effectively. Here are some of the places you can get the right resources to enrich your writing.

Cambridge Dictionaries – This is the ultimate printed dictionary’s soft copy. This online version is free to use and can help you understand the meaning of rich vocabulary.

Synonym finder-You don’t have to use obvious words for all meanings. Sometimes, synonyms kill boredom in written work. They make your work sound great. They also add vocabulary to written work.

Synonyms-As the name suggests, this resource is about synonyms. It has a rich collection of synonyms, all collected from the internet. You can depend on it to liven your writing.

While this isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, it’s a great start. So, here’s to your success as a writer — and if you see that I’ve left some really great ones off this list, write about it in the comments section below and don’t worry about how perfectly you write — the important thing is to just let it flow.

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Phillip Garsia is a graduate student at Maricopa Community College in Phoenix, Ariz.

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One Response to Online Resources for Great Writing

  1. Richard says:

    A tool I find really useful when organizing ideas and thoughts before writing a piece is FreeMind. http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
    It is a free multiple-plattform mind mapping application that is easy to use yet so powerful. It’s only drawback: it requires Java.

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