Writing a book requires authors to have access to the latest tools which help them drive through their projects. Penning a book on paper is an old, archaic thing which is not only time-consuming but has its own limitations. Smart writers should harness the power of technology to create compelling content in the minimum time possible. Here are a few online tools that can help authors write their books quite easily.
1. Google Docs
Over the past year, Google Docs has become my go-to word processor when We’re not typing in Microsoft Word. We highly recommend it if you’re collaborating with another person on a writing project. You can access the document on separate computers and see each other’s changes in real time as you type in the document. Additionally, all of your changes are automatically saved as you type.
This web-based word processor is an excellent alternative to Google Docs or Microsoft Word if you’re looking for a distraction free interface. Draft has many cool features (view them all here) including the ability to share your documents with other users and accept or decline their changes. And like Google Docs, your work is all backed up online.
3. Reedsy Book Editor
The Reedsy Book Editor is a free, online alternative to software programs like Scrivener. Reedsy does not have as many features as Scrivener, but it lets you write (or import) your manuscript, format it, and then instantly typeset to EPUB and print-ready PDF files.
Grammarly is a proofreading tool that helps you spot grammatical errors, typos, and awkward sentences. Download the web extension and Grammarly will correct anything written in a web browser (yes, even your Tweets and Facebook updates).
5. Cliche Finder
In his six rules for writing, George Orwell advised, “Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.” The Cliche Finder highlights cliches in your text so you can avoid overused expressions in your writing.