8 Nifty Tools in My Copywriting Belt
Oh my God, is it just me, or do I talk a whole lot about how difficult writing is for me? I can practically hear the grumbles of dissent through my computer screen: "Like okay, we get it, words are hard, did you even realize what you were majoring in, how'd you end up with that job title?"
But in all seriousness, writing is hard, even when it's at the literal core of your job ... In fact, I'd wager it's hard especially when it's at the literal core of your job. Fortunately for us, the future is now, and it includes some seriously useful tools to help writers of all genres and industries tackle their craft, from inspiration to motivation to final draft.
I thought I'd share a short list of some of the secret weapon apps and sites I've got in my back pocket for filling that blank page and making that looming deadline. Most are free, some have free or paid versions.
I've attempted to order them in the fashion one might use them throughout the writing process.
1. Hubspot's Blog Topic Generator
Here's another little problem I've mentioned before: when you can't even get an idea in your head. Hubspot's blog topic generator does a sweet little magic trick: type in a few keywords, click the button, and poof! Topics galore appear before your very eyes! Not bad, eh?
2. Portent's Content Idea Generator
In a similar vein as No. 1, here's a simple and fun tool to help get the ol' idea wheels oiled and spinning. The headlines that pop out of this guy tend to be on the quirkier side, great for when you have room to go a little nuts.
This one is fairly simple and self-explanatory. I probably visit this site a dozen or more times a day. It's crucial for spicing up a sentence or perfecting the flow of a phrase. Of course you want to be careful — it's always obvious when a writer has caught the dreaded "thesaurus syndrome" and gone overboard on SAT vocab that doesn't exactly mean what you think it means. But for the times when the perfect word is just at the tips of your fingers but you can't grasp it, it's a saving grace.