The Top Writing Resources and Tools to Help Improve Your Writing Skills

Writers today are quite lucky as they have more resources than ever at the tips of their fingers, thanks to the internet. Technology has opened a whole new horizon of learning opportunities for writers through which they can get inspiration and also refine their craft. Though there is no substitute for imagination and creativity, there are some nifty tools and apps available online for those writers who are looking for ways of improving creative writing skills. We have listed down the top 7 resources that can help you overcome the writer’s block:  

The Hemingway Editor

Being a writer, you want your work to be clear and simple yet emphatic enough for your audience, which makes Hemingway Editor as a suitable app. You can copy and paste your work in its browser to evaluate your written work’s readability. Through highlighting phrases written in the passive voice, difficult vocabulary and trivial adverbs, the app helps you enhance your expressions.


Trello is a broad spectrum planning and collaboration tool which can benefit writing practice as well. This web-based bulletin board can help you organize random ideas into neat workable sections. You can create an outline for your article, plan a blog post series, develop an email series, or develop chapters for a larger piece of work like a novel through this tool. If you are collaborating with someone on a project, Trello helps everyone on the team keep in sync.  


Evernote is like a folder where you organize a mishmash of ideas and material useful for your upcoming masterpiece. You can create and save lists, aha moments, inspirational online articles, reference material in your Evernote. You can easily take your work from your smartphone to your computer, as Evernote is supported at both platforms.  

Rainy Mood

If you are having a hard time focusing during an assignment or are waiting for inspiration to strike when writing an emotionally charged-up scene, try listening to ambient sounds. Rainy Mood is one of the many popular sites from where you can generate the right background for your written work: the soothing sounds of raindrops, birds’ chirping, thunderstorms, sounds of a bistro and popular musical scores, or a mix and match of all of these.


Milanote is a tool for organizing creative projects into beautiful visual boards.
By design, it feels a lot like working on the wall in a creative studio – visual, tactile and sometimes a bit messy – Milanote is a great fit for designers who work in teams remotely.Key Features:
– Write notes & to-do lists, upload images & files and save things you find on the web
– Organize visually using the flexible drag and drop interface.
– Boards by default are a private place to think, but with a single click you can create a shared workspace for collaboration with your team
– Milanote is filled with hundreds of built-in templates to help you get started with a variety of different projects, from creating a mood board to writing that perfect creative brief.

– Free version available with no time limit.  – PRO version $9.99 per month (monthly and annual plans)


Scapple is a brainstorming or mind-mapping tool that can help you jot down ideas and join together seemingly disconnected bits into meaningful chunks. This tool can help you translate random thoughts into a basic outline. If I happen to be looking for to do my research paper, I can send these bits or the outline to the writer and get the work according to my specifications.  The ability to incorporate notes alongside ideas can help one add explanations along the way.


Ulysses is a word processor that works on Mac and is an ideal tool for novelists, screenplay writers, and students doing their thesis work. The minimalist interface allows them to create outlines, focus on their writing goals, stick to word limits, organize large chunks of text, format their work through an in-built app called Markdown, and publish the final work in any format.

Cold Turkey

For writers who get distracted easily and waste a lot of precious time surfing the web, Cold Turkey is an ideal solution. It can be programmed to not only block specific time-wasting websites like Facebook and YouTube but also the entire web so that you are able to get the most out of your time. You can also program the software to set time limits for your internet usage to take reasonable breaks between strenuous work sessions based on the Pomodoro technique.


Quora is a community of enthusiasts and experts (and even opinionated and biased individuals). In case you want to gain knowledge or a perspective on a specific niche and subject, fellow Quorans would be glad to render their thoughts for free. If you are looking for ideas for an upcoming story or an article, you can find inspiring stories from real people here.

Want to write emphatically and efficiently? Practice writing every day with discipline.  While these smart tools and writers’ resources are no substitute for genuine talent and creativity, they provide reliable assistance as and when needed and can be great allies. Unlike books and notebooks, these neat apps and tools help you bounce ideas around and take your draft just about anywhere.

Writer’s bio

Jeff Blaylock loves words and how they can be used to capture and convey complex emotions and connect ideas. He has majored in creative fiction and has crafted blog entries, stories as well as articles. Jeff loves to find and recommend resources that can help new writers polish their craft.