Free Online Writing Tools For New Writers And Students

Free Online Tools For A Writer

Are you a student or a new writer?

Do you need some help in improving your writing?

Many free online writing tools can help you check and polish your writing.

You don’t need to spend a cent to correct your essay, school assignment, or online article submission.

Free tools for your writing projects

New writers are fortunate to have so many free writing apps available online.

But you don’t need to have a lot of apps to check your blog posts, short stories, or essays.

You probably use Google Docs, Microsoft Word, or a free word processor. Most of these programs have very poor checking tools.

It is much better to use more accurate tools to double-check your writing.

Let’s look at some of the best free online writing tools for you.

 

1. Hemingway Editor

 

hemingway edit screen

Without a doubt, the Hemingway app should be your first choice.

It is not a grammar checker, but it does three things exceptionally well.

Once you paste in your text, the app will check it for passive voice use, unnecessary adverbs, and hard to read sentences.

These are three vital areas of your sentence structure where you can improve the clarity and ease of reading in your writing.

You can read our review of the Hemingway Editor for more details.

 

2. Grammar Lookup

grammar look up large

If you don’t want to use the limited free plan Grammarly extension to check your writing, you have a choice.

Grammar Lookup does an excellent job of checking all your grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

What I like about this app is that there doesn’t seem to be a word limit. I pasted in over 3,000 words, and it checked everything very accurately.

You can also choose between British and US English.

If you want a free grammar checker, this could be just the right tool for you.

 

3. Power Thesaurus

power thesaurus

You always need to find synonyms to add variety to your texts.

Power Thesaurus is an ideal tool to help you find alternative words.

I tried searching for other words for clever, and the app gave me 375 alternatives.

That’s an excellent return from a free app.

 

4. Cliche Finder

I have to say that Cliche Finder is quite a dull, if not ugly, site. So it doesn’t warrant an image.

However, it does a great job of finding redundant and over-used expressions in your writing.

We all use clichés in every day speaking, but in writing, they can show a lack of originality.

Use the app to help you identify sayings and idioms that you can replace with more original phrases.

 

5. ShareThough Headline Analyser

sharethrough

You always need to find an engaging title for your articles, essays, or blog posts.

Lots of writers use the CoSchedule Headline Analyzer, which works very well.

But I prefer the ShareThough Headline Analyser because it gives you a rating score of the quality of your title.

There are also suggestions to help you improve your headline or title.

It keeps a history too, so you can go back to your earlier ideas and look for the best alternative.

 

6. EduBirdie

edubirdie checker

There are very few free and reliable plagiarism checkers.

But Edubirdie is free, and it does a great job of checking your writing for unintentional plagiarism.

You can drag and drop or upload your document. Then you select the type of text you want to check, such as an essay, web content, or a resume.

If you want a quick, easy, free, and reliable plagiarism checker, then this will probably be the best one for you.

 

7. Word Counter

wordcounter

Are you writing to a word count?

Word Counter can give you a quick total of both your word and character count.

It is fast, accurate, and free. That’s all you need.

 

8. Canva

Canva

This free app will not be part of your writing process.

But if you need to design a quick cover image for your essay or thesis, Canva is a terrific free app for the task.

You can use it to create a quick book cover or stunning images to promote your writing on social media.

 

9. BibMe

bibme

If you need to add a bibliography or citations to your thesis or essay, it can be quite a task.

With BibMe, you can get help with adding accurate citations and a bibliography directly to your paper.

You can create citations for multiple styles and from different source types.

 

10. Trello

trello

Every writer needs help with task management.

Trello is one of the most popular free apps to help you keep notes and stay organized.

There are so many tools you can use.

You can organize your writing projects, notes, and to-do lists. You can also collaborate with others and assign tasks, start discussions, and so much more.

Trello is beautiful designed as well as being a highly functional app.

It is available for free for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, iOS, and Android.

 

Summary

The ten free writing apps in this list will have you covered on all fronts.

You won’t use all of them, but you can make a selection of the best ones to suit your type and style of writing.

Yes, there are some great premium writing checkers.

But if you don’t want to pay a monthly subscription fee, you can get almost all of the features you will need to write well with free online apps.

New writers are spoiled for choice today when it comes to free tools to check and improve your writing.

Take advantage of them, and they will help you to continue to improve your writing skills.

 

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Derek Haines

A Cambridge CELTA English teacher and author with a passion for writing and all forms of publishing. My days are spent teaching English and writing, as well as testing and taming new technology.

3 thoughts on “Free Online Writing Tools For New Writers And Students

  • November 19, 2017 at 3:41 am
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    `Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

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  • November 15, 2017 at 9:24 pm
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    Thanks for these tips as well Lisa.

    Much appreciated

    Tom

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  • November 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm
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    Thanks for these tips! I’m thinking of getting Grammerly because I occasionally slip into passive voice. My critique group gets some of it, but it would be nice for a thorough edit for that!

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