“Modern” can mean many things to many people. For me, it’s really just about how technology has changed the way we learn, write, and publish works.
I’ve always been an old-fashioned pen-and-paper kind of writer, but I love using digital tools and apps to write or improve my writing. I keep several of these apps within reach and have discovered a few new ones while searching for tools to use.
Here are nine writing apps and tools that modern writers can use to discover ideas, write, collaborate, and publish their own writing projects.
1. Draft (Free)
I wrote this post using Draft. It’s a web app that enables you to focus on writing; share and collaborate with others; and publish your work to your chosen platforms.
I used to think Draft wasn’t going to work for me, but after reactivating my account, tweaking the UI settings, and using it again, I actually like it as much as my current word processor (Google Docs).
2. Daily Page (Free)
Daily Page keeps the writing going by sending you a prompt via email every morning. You can then choose to make your response public or private.
3. Help Me Write (Free)
The idea behind Help Me Write is to help you decide what to write next using feedback you receive from your peers.
I think it’s a great idea since you know right off the bat that your works are going to be read. I might just use this for when I’m ready to start another creative project down the line.
4. Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator (Free)
I keep this tool bookmarked just in case I need help coming up with blog topics to title my posts.
Headings are the deal breakers if you want your posts to get read and shared, so it helps to have a tool to help brainstorm possible topics for your next blog post.
5. ZenPen (Free)
Distraction-free writing was all the rage back in 2012 and continues to be the go-to place for writers and bloggers to get their writing done. I think ZenPen fits the bill in that it’s neat, simple, and doesn’t require any signups to get started.
6. Story Wars (Free)
One of the best things about the internet is how easy it is for writers to collaborate with one another. Story Wars is a great example where writers can start new stories and add chapters to the stories they like best.
7. Hemingway (Free)
I’m still on the fence with Hemingway and its idea of what bold and clear writing really is. I’m not against adjectives and adverbs, and sometimes a good sentence can stand with five words or more. But I think it’s an interesting tool for the modern writer in need of what some would call “autocorrect on steroids.”
8. Story Bird (Free)
After days of writing and editing, it’s time to get publishing. But knowing how difficult and daunting the publishing process can be, apps like Story Bird are a sign of relief. To quote:
We curate artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspire writers of any age to turn those images
into fresh stories.
9. 750 Words ($5/month after 30 days)
I’ve always believed that serious writers invest in their education and skills. 750 Words is a paid service that helps you develop a daily writing habit using statistics and progress reports. Track how you’re doing and how you’re feeling with every 750 words of writing done.
The only thing constant in this world is change, and writing apps and tools like these either update or shut down overtime. I’ll do my best to update this post with new apps or updated descriptions.
- “Book Writing Software: Top 10 Pieces of Software for Writers” via The Write Practice
- “How I Kept a 373-Day Productivity Streak Unbroken” via 99u.com
- Tools for Writers collection on Product Hunt