When it comes to writing for your online business, and especially writing for email or follow up, it’s a good idea to avoid using a word processor.
They often embed hidden characters in the text that will confuse your email program and your blog’s content managing system.
Instead of using a word processor, try a text editor. Below are several examples of different text editors, as well as some productivity-focused writing tools to help you stay focused and creative… allowing you to write at your best.
Knowing how to write articles is a skill that will benefit you over and over again, if you use it. And these tools can help!
BBEdit: This is a high-performance text and HTML editor for Mac. It was created to meet the needs of Web authors and software developers, and has many features. You can create, edit, format, or clean up any kind of text, use the built-in functions for converting, sorting, searching, and replacing text, and locate and manipulate large volumes of text in a short amount of time with text searching, regular-expression matching, and multi-file searching.
Dictionary: In today’s digital age few people actually own a physical dictionary. When it comes to writing, though, sometimes you need to be able to call on this old standby. A great resource for anyone, especially for marketers writing articles online. Just type in the word you are wondering about, and learn proper pronunciation, find examples in sentences, learn the different parts of speech, get a list of synonyms or antonyms, and more.
Google Docs & Google Drive: This file storage and synchronization service enables users cloud storage, file sharing, and collaborative editing. It’s the home of Google Docs, a free, web-based office suite of productivity applications that allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating with others. Users can use the collaborative editing features on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more.
Google Docs & Drive
NoteTab: This versatile text and HTML editor is the text edit replacement for Notepad, and is available to use with Windows or Linux. The latest version offers new features including the ability to search with wildcards, real-time word count, text statistics for SEO, syntax highlighting for CSS, new web templates, and much more. Search and replace are among the most widely used features of any text editor, which saves time when editing.
OMM Writer: This is a very interesting text processor. Your entire screen is taken over by the OMM Writer background in order to give you, the user, complete focus on your writing. It offers a beautiful, distraction-free writing environment, by creating a single-task workspace. By taking away the ability to multi-task, all of your focus is on your writing. They offer a free version, with several variations, and a paid version that expands its service.
The Flesch Reading Ease: This test measures how easy a text is to read and comprehend. It measures text difficulty on a scale from 0-100, broken down into four categories. The higher the rating, the easier the text is to comprehend. When it comes to writing articles online, your reader’s comprehension is key. The more your readers can understand and absorb what you are trying to say, the more they will get out of your article.
Scrivener: This isn’t a text editor, it is a word processor, but can be exported into a text document. It is a truly remarkable tool. This software aids in the creative process of writing long texts. It is a content-generation tool that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. It gives you complete control of the formatting, something that is very important when it comes to editing your work.
Thesaurus: Have you ever found yourself, while in the middle of writing, struggling to find the *perfect* word? You think of other words, similar words, but they never quite fit what you are trying to say. One of the best free online tools for any writer is thesaurus.com. With this tool you can look up synonyms, antonyms, related words (as well as their synonyms and antonyms), and variations of the selected words as verbs and nouns.