8 Nifty Tools in My Copywriting Belt
Truth time — I credit this desktop app with allowing me to complete my senior honors thesis. It's a perfect program if you're a visual person, as so many writers are, and you need a way to write with little room for disruptions. The app gives you a selection of soothing, artistic backgrounds, relaxing ambient noise, and even options for keystroke noises that are pleasing to the ear to encourage continued typing. It takes up your full screen and hides your task bar, so it's difficult to multitask or be distracted by blinking notifications or popups. The program has "no set price, but a suggested minimum of $5.11."
This was only introduced to me recently, and I have to say I could have used it much sooner in life. Ernest Hemingway was well-known for his concise, economical style, furthered by ruthless editing. Thus, the Hemingway Editor App was aptly named. When your words are all finally typed out and in place and it's finally time for the dreaded editing process, give this simple app a go. It uses color-coded highlighting to tell you which sentences are hard to read, which phrases have a simpler alternative, where you've used passive voice, and more. It even gives you an overall readability grade. It's just like being in your freshman composition class again, with less scantron exams.
So what's in your copywriting toolbelt? Have you used any of these before, or found anything that works best for you? I'd love to hear them! Especially if they involve rewards in the form of kittens.