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The 23 Best Writing Tools of 2024: A Guide for Writers

Before the computer there was the typewriter, and before the typewriter there was pen and paper, and before pen and paper there were plenty of other lost tools of writing — like clay, papyrus, wood, slate, parchment, and, of course, pens made out of reeds. (Fun fact: the name “Reedsy” is inspired by the “reed pen,” which was used as early as 800 B.C. for documentation).

As you can tell by now, the act of writing has been a part of human culture from the days of chiseling stories onto the walls of caves — and as we have evolved, so have our writing tools . In fact, today’s writers and storytellers are spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding which tools to use.

The following list details our favorite writing tools and resources for taking any idea through to its written conclusion. If you want to cut straight to the chase and find out which is the right writing app for you, we recommend taking this quick 30-second quiz.

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We all know Google Docs and Microsoft Word, so we’re not going to waste your time giving those two a run-down in our list. Below are four other word processors you might not know about, and that are worth checking out.

1. Reedsy Book Editor

Cost: Free Does “fake it ‘til you make it” ring true to you? Well, the Reedsy Book Editor is a free, online word processor that formats your book as you write. See your drafts automatically turn into a professional-looking, ready-to-publish manuscript — and allow this glimpse of your work as the final product spur your motivation to write.

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It comes with an automatic spell-checker — and a built-in goal reminder system to get you back into shape if you find that you're falling behind on your writing schedule! Another one of the Reedsy Book Editor’s best functions is that it lets you instantly typeset your manuscript to EPUB and print-ready PDF files.

Check it out if: if you want a writing tool that takes care of formatting and conversion for you.

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Cost: Free Do you like a helpful tap on the shoulder, reminding you about something you need to do? Well, you’ll likely enjoy Draft then, because the book writing software not only keeps track of how many words you write per day, it can also email you daily reminders about your daily word count goals. (Of course, if this sounds a little too “hands-on” for you, you can always turn the reminder function off).

Other than that, Draft functions a lot like Google Docs: allowing you to track changes, collaborate via suggested edits, and make comments on the doc.

Check it out if: you like Google Docs, but want an even simpler interface. 

3. LibreOffice

Cost: Free Yes, we did say that we wouldn’t mention Microsoft Word, because by now everyone knows that it’s a useful writing tool. But we didn’t say we wouldn’t mention its free counterpart: LibreOffice .

LibreOffice is the open source answer for people who want to try Microsoft without paying the price tag. (Open source means that the software is built on code that anyone can inspect and enhance). Plus it’s compatible with all of the regular file types people are used to, such as  .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, and .pptx files.

Check it out if: you like a classic word processor — and moreover, a free one.

Cost: $50 (or try a 30-day free trial) The people behind Mellel don’t just know word processing — they also know catchy, memorable marketing. Their description of why writers should choose Mellel starts like this: “Mellel is a writer's dream come true. To start, it is exceedingly boring: it just works, day in and day out, reliably. An enormous number of people used Mellel to write and they all report that their journey with Mellel was boring and uneventful. As well it should. In other words, it does all the mundane bits, and leaves the creative stuff to you.”

Mellel is not free (and note that it’s only for Mac). In return for the price tag, you’ll get more book-specific tools than other, perhaps more traditional word processors — such as outlining and bibliography-making functions. And, judging by the witty, funny copy on Mellel’s website, Mellel makes the process of writing much more fun than they let on.

Check it out if: you’re a Mac user who wants more than the Pages app offers.

Organization tools

Plotters tend to finish their writing projects quicker than pantsers — simply because when they hit a wall, they have their notes or outlines to reference, allowing them to jump straight over that hurdle and hit the ground running. P.S. You can grab a free template for your book outline here in this comprehensive guide to outlining .

The following resources will help you keep your thoughts organized so that any bouts of writer’s block don’t slow you down.

5. Milanote

Cost: Free for basic plan or $12.50/month for premium. Milanote is an easy-to-use creative writing app to organize your research, ideas, characters and outline in one place.

The vast majority of novelist-oriented writing software is organized around the idea of a linear document. But for most people, writing isn’t linear — because thinking isn’t linear. Writing is about gradually getting a jumble of ideas into shape, and Milanote's writing app matches the way writers think.

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Check it out if: you're a plotter who likes a flexible workspace to organize ideas and see a birds-eye view of how your story outline is coming together.

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6. Evernote

Cost: free for basic plan or $9.99/month for premium. Its cute, little green elephant logo aside, Evernote is a great and easy-to-use option for writers who could do with a little more organization in their lives.

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The app lets you quickly jot down thoughts, record audio notes, save online articles you’re hoping to reference, and it will sync all of this information across all of your Evernote-installed devices. What’s also handy about the app is the collaborative aspect of it: you can create shared accounts, so that multiple people can access saved documents at once.

Check it out if: you’re prone to getting great ideas while on the go, and need somewhere to make sure you don’t forget them by the time you’re home.

Cost: $5/month or $40/year (or try a 14-day free trial) While it’s ultimately a writing tool, one of the best assets of comprehensive programs like Ulysses or Scrivener are their organizational features. At the end of the day, whether you’re writing a blog post or a full-length novel, the seed of an idea doesn’t get too far without the ability to organize that idea into a cohesive piece of writing.

And that’s exactly what Ulysses allows you to do: organize your thoughts into a well-written work. This is accomplished through features like customizable writing goals and deadlines, plain text enhancements, a distraction-free typewriter mode, bookmarks, outlining functions, and more.

Check it out if: you’re working on a lengthy piece of non-fiction, like a blog post or essay. (For a comparison of Scrivener vs. Ulysses, keep reading!)

8. Scrivener

Cost: $45 (or a 30-use free trial) Literature and Latte ’s word processor is a popular writing tool — also, in large part, thanks to its organizational capabilities that seamlessly allow writers to turn fragmented ideas into a fully realized book/script/research paper/or whatever else you’re writing.

Scrivener vs Ulysses Apart from the price (Scrivener charges a one-time licensing fee while Ulysses charges yearly), the two platforms offer many of the same features. So we’ll focus on what makes the two programs different.

  • Scrivener’s corkboard function is an absolute favorite for writers who rely on visual aid to help with outlining. The function looks like an actual corkboard, and lets writers pin notes to the board in chronological order.
  • Scrivener offers templates for works such as fiction, essays, recipe collections, screenplays, comic books — which gives Scrivener another point for versatility.
  • Ulysses boasts an interface that is slightly more clean and simple — so if ease-of-use is high on your priority list, it might be the better option for you.
  • Ulysses offers a very helpful WordPress and Medium integration, which bloggers who publish on either of these platforms will love.

Check it out if: you’re working on a longer piece of content (like a book or screenplay) and want one comprehensive place to manage all your work. (And don’t forget to check out our equally as comprehensive review of Scrivener’s newest update : Scrivener 3!)

9. Hubspot's AI Content Writer

Cost: Free, with premium upgrade available

HubSpot’s Free AI Content Writer is designed to help bloggers streamline their content creation process. This tool can generate drafts of blog posts, website copy, emails, and more with ease and without additional resources, by relying on prompts or topics provided by users. For those suffering from writer's block, the AI content writer can also create outlines to help spur writing along. 

For those already using HubSpot's marketing and sales tools, the AI content writer's integration will be extra handy. 

Check it out if: you're a blogger short on time or inspiration.

Productivity tools

Alright, let’s kick things into high gear now. You know what you want to use to write, and your thoughts and ideas are concisely organized. If you’re finding it difficult to buckle down and get the job done (or struggle to write quickly or consistently), these resources will help you realize that Nike manta: just do it.

10. Ommwriter

Cost: free web version or $7 for the full program Do you find the clacking sound of old typewriters satisfying? Do you find soft, neutral colours calming? Does nothing really get you focused quite like a purposeful, long, deep breath? If so, Ommwriter might be the tool to help you reach your goal. As the site’s tagline reads, Ommwriter is “a perfect place to think and write.”

Omm writer is a zen writing tool that lets you write with no distractions

With soothing background noises, customizable keyboard noises, and peaceful backgrounds to choose from, Ommwriter could just be the “break” from everything else going on around you that you need to write.

Check it out if: your very best writing ideas come to you while in “savasana.”

11. To Doist

Cost: free or $4/month for premium plan Have you ever woken up in a cold sweat, panicking about something important you forgot to do? Or, god forbid, gripped in dread about how far behind you are on your word-count goals?

Well, To Doist might be able to help. It’s the ultimate app for creating to-do lists — but these aren’t your grandma’s pen-and-paper lists with little check marks beside them (though we mean no offense to your grandma). It lets you get a daily or weekly overview of your tasks, prioritize the tasks that are most important, and even lets you assign tasks to other people if you’re working on a specific goal with other collaborators.

Check it out if: you have never been able to find an agenda that’s souped up enough to keep you on track.

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12. Marinara Timer

Cost: Free The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method meant to promote productivity. In a nutshell, it stipulates that you should work for 25 minutes, then take a 5-minute  break, then work for 25 minutes, take another 5-minute break, etc., etc.

The free-to-use Marinara Timer makes this easy for you by alerting you each time your work sessions and breaks are up. It also offers customizable timers in case the 25/5 isn’t quite right for keeping you on track. Fun fact: taking a break to stand up or walk (or do anything but sit!) every hour is also a good way to protect your back if you sit hunched at a computer working for long stretches at a time.

Check it out if: consistent breaks from work help actually keep you focused on the task at hand.

13. Cold Turkey

Cost: Free for basic plan or $20 for premium plan “Meet your match, Zuckerberg,” says Cold Turkey ’s tagline. In case that, paired with the writing tool’s name, doesn’t make it clear enough, Cold Turkey is a program that allows you to completely rid yourself of distraction. And when we say “completely,” we mean completely.

With Cold Turkey, you can block yourself from accessing certain websites — or even your entire computer — for periods at a time, only allowing you to use the current document you’re working on.

Check it out if: “willpower” is not a characteristic you’d ascribe yourself, and the only way for you to get something done is in a totally distraction-free state.

14. Freedom

Cost: $7/month or $29/year (or a 7-use free trial) Apart from pleasantly getting the “freedom” refrain from Aretha Franklin’s “Think” stuck in your head, the Freedom app is another resource that can turn your devices into tools of productivity once more.

It functions like Cold Turkey; however, a unique function of Freedom is the ability to sync your distraction-free periods across all your devices. So if you know that on Tuesdays, you want your computer, phone, and tablet to all block access to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook — you can!

Check it out if: letting other people know not to bother you during your non-negotiable writing time isn’t enough, you need to let yourself know not to interrupt, well, yourself.

Cost: Free If total silence encourages your mind to wander, whereas light sensory action keeps your thoughts on the task at hand, Noisli will be a friend to you. The tool lets you choose from a range of soundtracks, such as rain, coffee shop, wind, lake, and more. You can mix several sounds at once, and choose the volume for each one. So let’s say you want to create the atmosphere of writing by a babbling brook, with a fire crackling next to you, and the moon shining brightly overhead. Noisli will make this happen for you!

Check it out if: you get the most work done with white noise.

Editing tools

If you’re planning to publish a book — or any kind of writing you’re hoping to make a profit from, it’s crucial that your work is thoroughly edited. To that end, working with a professional editor is an investment you should give serious thought to.

In the meantime, here are a few editing tools that can help you out along the way. Hopefully, they’ll either ensure a typo-free draft, so by the time you do work with an editor, they can spend less time fixing small typos and more time on big-picture work, or, if you decide to forego a professional edit, you’ll have the tools to do the best editing job you can.

16. Hemingway

Cost: Free The Hemingway app claims to make your writing “bold and clear.” It has a number of handy features like a word-counter and an automatic readability score. But its real use lies in the features that make suggestions to your prose. For instance, it might highlight a complex sentence that’s hard to read. It also highlights instances of passive voice , qualifiers, and adverbs. Let’s take a look at how this passage from Ernest Hemingway’s very own To Have and Have Not fares:

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“Just” is highlighted because it’s a qualifier, and Hemingway suggests, instead: “Be bold. Don’t hedge.” The sentence in red is highlighted as being hard to read. And “probably” is pointed out as an adverb — the app suggests using a forceful verb instead.

Check it out if: you want to bring out your inner Ernie. (Curious what else Hemingway offers? Check out our full review of the app right here .)

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17. Fictionary

Cost: $19/month or $169 per year 

The Fictionary Story Editing software creates intelligent visuals that help you improve your story's structure, characters, plot, and settings. Using Natural Language Processing, Fictionary identifies your key story arc scenes and gives you actionable insights to improve the structure of your book.  Annual subscribers get access to year-round live classes on writing and editing. Think of it like Peloton for writers. Check it out if:  You want to get your story structure in the best possible shape before submitting to agents and/or editors.

18. Marlowe Pro

Cost: $29.95/mth or $199/year; $45 for single reports

This manuscript assessment tool will provide in-depth feedback on your novel within minutes. Using artificial intelligence, Marlowe can analyze your plot, pacing, story beats, and readability — then provide actionable insights (as well as comp titles ) based on its database of bestsellers across a number of genres.

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Check it out: to take a scientific and methodical approach to your developmental edits.

19. Cliché Finder

Cost: Free Cliché Finder is exactly what it says on the tin: it combs through your writing in search of clichés, and then highlights them for you. It’s not always necessarily bad to use clichés in your writing, but when you do, you want to be purposeful about it (and not to mention aware of it!).

Check it out if: you want to avoid clichés like the plague, and for your book to sell like hotcakes — and the rest is history.

20. Grammarly

Cost: Free Have you ever sent an email, only to realize that you'd made a glaring typo just as you hit “Send”? Well, no more!

Grammarly essentially functions like the spell checker tool from Microsoft Word or Google Docs, but here’s the great part: it’s a plug-in that will work wherever you happen to writing. That means Twitter, Gmail, Google Docs, Facebook — anywhere. Plus it offers vocabulary or alternate word suggestions — for instance, it might suggest you replace “walking aimlessly,” with the word “wandering.” For a more in-dept analysis, check our full Grammarly review . 

Check it out if: you’re typo-prone! (Read below for a comparison of Grammarly vs. ProWritingAid.)

21. ProWritingAid

Cost: Free browser extension or $79/year for the full software ProWritingAid is a tool you can install that will proofread and spell check your material for you , no matter where you’re writing. It will also offer suggestions to improve your overall language — outside of just grammatical technicalities. (You can even get 20% off via this special offer !) 

ProWritingAid vs Grammarly The two programs offer a lot of the same services, so you might be wondering which one to pick. We have a review of ProWritingAid  that dives deep into this comparison, but the main differences are:

  • Grammarly is free to use, and while ProWritingAid offers a free Google Chrome plug-in, this free option only offers spell checking services, it won’t make editorial suggestions.
  • ProWritingAid is slightly more tailored towards authors, while Grammarly is a slightly better fit for articles and essays. Ultimately, both tools lend a very helpful editing hand, so deciding between the two mostly boils down to the one you enjoy using more.

Check it out if: you want to make sure your writing is as polished as possible.

Workspace tools

At the end of the day, all you really need to write is a pen and paper. All the fancy tools and apps in the world won’t get the words out for you. That being said, creating an environment that’s appealing — and conducive! — to write in can make the whole process more enjoyable, and encourage you to get the job done.

Here are few physical tools to look over if you’re thinking of sprucing up your workspace.

22. Livescribe Pen

Cost: starts at $100 If you prefer writing on paper, but dread the process of transferring your words to a computer, Livescribe will likely be right up your alley. Through Bluetooth technology, the pen can actually transcribe your pen and paper words to your device. What’s more, it can also transcribe voice notes into digital documents for you.

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Check it out if: you’ve ever felt envy at Rita Skeeter’s Quick-Quotes Quill in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire .

23. Ergonomic desk setups

Cost: Varies As more and more of the workforce moves to sedentary jobs where the majority of 9am to 5pm is spent sitting — usually hunching — at a computer, a growing number of sitting-related health injuries have been occurring. That’s why looking into more ergonomically friendly desk setups is a good idea for writers who spend long hours at the computer — or even writing in a notebook. This could be a standing desk, or even just a number of textbooks piled under your desktop so that your screen is eye level, resulting in less stress on your shoulders.

Check it out if: you don’t want writing gains to come at the cost of growing back pains.

24. Computer Glasses

Cost: Varies Writers are all familiar with computer-caused eyestrains. Because you blink far less when looking at a screen than you do otherwise, computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a condition people have been developing due to long stretches of staring at a computer.

One way to help alleviate this — other than just making sure to take time looking away from your computer — is to invest in some computer glasses. They typically come in blue or amber shades, and are coated with a protective coating.

There are several brands you can check out, such as Pixel Eyewear or Felix Gray .

Check it out if: you notice itchy or tired eyes after long writing sessions.

Have you tried any of the above writing tools — and if so, which were your favorites? Or maybe you feel there are some great resources missing from this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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24/10/2019 – 03:38

I tried Cliche Finder several times and it found a couple of items in my text, but it didn't highlight where it was at. The rest of the tools here, that I can use since I'm on a strict income, are amazing!

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Workflowy (Web, macOS, Windows, Chrome, iOS, Android)

WorkFlowy, our pick for the best free writing software for creating content outlines

Outlines are a writer's best friend , and Workflowy lets you go as deep or shallow as you want. This tool organizes your outline into bullet points that you can click to nest and expand however you want.

Workflowy pricing: Free for up to 250 bullets a month ; from $4.99/month for the Workflowy Pro plan with expanded features like unlimited bullets and uploads

Best free writing software for brainstorming together

Miro, our pick for the best free writing software for brainstorming together

When you need to write something in collaboration with others, the brainstorming process is one of the trickiest to facilitate with technology. Miro lets you plot out ideas with mind maps, Kanban boards, virtual sticky notes, and whatever strategy you use to get your thoughts down. The free plan allows for unlimited team members to brainstorm with at the same time.

If whiteboards aren't your preferred brainstorming method, explore Zapier's picks for the top brainstorming tools for more collaborative and solo apps.

You can even use Miro with Zapier (also free), so you can automate your brainstorming workflows. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started.

Create Miro widgets with new Trello cards

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Add Miro cards from new rows on Google Sheets

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Miro pricing: Free for 3 whiteboards with unlimited team members; from $8/user/month for plans with unlimited whiteboards and advanced collaboration features

Best free writing software for brainstorming topics

Ryan Robinson's Keyword Research Tool (Web)

Ryan Robinson's Keyword Research Tool, our pick for the best free writing software for brainstorming topics

Go to the Ideas tab of Ryan Robinson's Keyword Research Tool , and it'll provide ideas related to your query. Since it's a keyword tool first and foremost, these ideas are designed to be less competitive on search results, too.

If you're looking for keyword research tools specifically for their main purpose, check out Zapier's roundup of the best free keyword research tools .  

Keyword Research Tool pricing: Free

Best free writing software for brainstorming ideas with AI

ChatGPT (Web)

Example of ChatGPT, powered by the GPT-3.5 model, writing marketing copy for a newsletter: headlines, taglines, and call-to-actions.

With the rise of AI , some writers use GPT-based apps to brainstorm ideas and build the base for an outline. ChatGPT is the best free option—and the one you know and love—or you can check out even more GPT-powered writing apps in Zapier's list of the best AI writing generators . 

You can also combine GPT with Zapier to send ideas to your favorite project management tool.

ChatGPT pricing: Free; ChatGPT Plus is $20/month

Best free writing software for brainstorming out loud

Your computer's dictation software (MacOS, Windows)

Windows dictation software

If you process your thoughts best through speaking, there's a brainstorming app already on your computer. Boot up Windows 10 Speech Recognition on Windows or Apple Dictation on Mac to record your thoughts as you brainstorm out loud.

For mobile and premium dictation app options, check out Zapier's list of the best text dictation software .

Windows 10 Speech Recognition and Apple Dictation pricing: Free

Free writing tools for research and note-taking

Best free writing software for keeping everything in one place.

Notion (Web, MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android)

Notion, our pick for the best free writing software for keeping everything in one place

Notion's balance of organization and spontaneity make it a great place to hold your notes, links, social media posts, transcriptions, and any other resources you need to write that draft. Plus, depending on your writing preferences, you can then write the draft itself in Notion—all for free. 

Add Zapier integrations to the mix to bring even more of your writing life together. Here are some pre-made workflows to get you started.

Save new tasks in Google Tasks in Notion databases

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Add new Microsoft Outlook calendar events to Notion databases

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If Notion doesn't meet your needs, try one of these Notion alternatives . Zapier also has a list of the best note-taking apps for you to browse.

Notion pricing: Free plan available; from $8/user/month for team plans

Best free writing software for finding free copies of paywalled research

Unpaywall (Web)

Unpaywall, our pick for the best free writing software for finding free copies of paywalled research

Have you ever come across a search result for the perfect research article, only to discover it's behind a paywall? Unpaywall gets you across those paywalls ethically by looking for legitimate free versions of paywalled academic research. It looks at sources like journals' open-access repositories and university and government databases, so you're never infringing copyright.

Unpaywall pricing: Free

Best free writing software for transcribing interview and video content

oTranscribe (Web)

oTranscribe, our pick for the best free writing software for transcribing interview and video content

oTranscribe simplifies the manual transcription process by placing your audio controls and a word processor on the same screen. This tool has keyboard controls and speed adjustment, so you can seamlessly transition between your audio and transcript.

If you're willing to pay a bit, here's Zapier's list of the best transcription apps and services .

oTranscribe pricing: Free

Best free writing software for collecting research from other people

Google Forms (Web, iOS, Android)

Google Forms, our pick for the best free writing software for collecting research from other people

When you need original quotes or data from other people, a free survey tool or form builder will help you organize it all. Google Forms is an accessible choice for most people because it's completely free and works with the rest of Google Workspace.

Turn your form responses into Trello cards, Notion database entries, or any other nugget of info that serves you well with Google Forms' Zapier integrations .

Create Trello cards from new Google Forms responses

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Share Google Forms responses in a Slack channel

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Google Forms pricing: Free

Free writing tools for solo and collaborative writing

Best free writing software for collaborative writing.

Google Docs (Web, Chrome, iOS, Android)

Google Docs, our pick for the best free writing software for collaborative writing

Google Docs' straightforward interface and ease of use make it a great tool for writing solo, but this app really shines through its collaborative features . Its suggestion, sharing, and version history features put it on par with its paid alternatives at no cost to you.

You can connect Google Docs to all the other tools you use with its Zapier integration . Here are some ideas for free automations you might set up.

Create new Google Docs from text with new rows in Google Sheets

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Create new Google Docs when Trint transcripts are ready

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Not a fan of Google Docs or don't want to create a Google account? Find another great option in Zapier's guide to the best collaborative writing apps .

Google Docs pricing: Free

Best free writing software for messages and blurbs

WordCounter (Web)

WordCounter, our pick for the best free writing software for messages and blurbs

Sometimes you need to write a small amount of text, such as a message or a blurb, without the pressure of accidentally hitting the Enter button too early. WordCounter acts as a combination clipboard and editor with a word count that saves your work in your browser cache for the next time you visit.

WordCounter pricing: Free

Free writing tools for editing

Best free writing software for finding the perfect word.

OneLook Reverse Dictionary and Thesaurus (Web)

OneLook Reverse Dictionary and Thesaurus, our pick for the best free writing software for finding the perfect word

OneLook Reverse Dictionary and Thesaurus offers all the synonyms you could dream of like a regular thesaurus, but it stands out in its reverse dictionary capabilities. Enter a phrase—or even a full sentence—to get words that match that meaning. This feature comes in handy when you want to write more concisely or find that word that's on the tip of your tongue.

OneLook Reverse Dictionary and Thesaurus pricing: Free

Best free writing software for finding the right word—anywhere

Power Thesaurus (Web, Chrome, iOS, Android)

Power Thesaurus, our pick for the best free writing software for finding the right word—anywhere

As a freelance writer, I find myself needing to switch up words when I write on various platforms across the internet. Power Thesaurus gives me synonyms, antonyms, definitions, and other forms of word assistance wherever I like to write. It can do the same for you—put it to use on its website, in your browser, on your phone, in Google Docs, in Word, and in Gmail.

Power Thesaurus pricing: Free for fundamental features; starting from $2.49/month for Power Thesaurus PRO , featuring filters and a wider selection of synonyms

Best free writing software for rewording what you write

Wordtune (Web, Chrome, iOS)

Wordtune, our pick for the best free writing software for rewording what you write

When you just can't get phrasing right in your writing, you might turn to a friend or editor to help you sort it out. Wordtune acts as that person by offering suggestions to reword, expand, and shorten your content using AI. It doesn't have as robust of a free plan as some of the other options on this list, but it provides enough if you need assistance here and there.

If you want more features and are willing to pay a monthly fee, you can put AI to work in your editing process with Zapier's list of the best AI rewording and grammar-checking tools .

Wordtune pricing: Free for up to 10 rewrites, three AI prompts, and three summaries a day; from $9.99/month for advanced plans featuring more rewrites, AI prompts, and summaries

Best free writing software for clear and concise writing

Hemingway Editor (Web, macOS, Windows)

Hemingway, our pick for the best free writing software for clear and concise writing

Inspired by Ernest Hemingway's concise writing style, the Hemingway Editor points out opportunities to sharpen your writing. This tool highlights passive voice, complex sentences, and adverbs that make your work harder to understand. It also supplies a readability score to estimate how accessible your writing is to a broad audience.

Hemingway Editor pricing: Free for editing in the Hemingway web app; $19.99 for the Mac or Windows desktop app

Best free writing software for creating compelling headlines

CoSchedule Headline Studio (Web, Chrome)

CoSchedule, our pick for the best free writing software for creating compelling headlines

CoSchedule Headline Studio helps you write compelling headlines by analyzing the sentiment and word balance in your titles. Type in a headline to get a score and test different variations based on the suggestions you get. The Google Chrome extension and WordPress plugin let you analyze headlines wherever you go.

CoSchedule Headline Studio pricing: Free for basic features; from $8/month to buy "Premium Headline" credits that give you access to an SEO score, AI writing features, headline suggestions, and word banks for a certain number of headlines

Best free writing software for finding and removing cliches

Cliche Finder (Web)

Cliche Finder, our pick for the best free writing software for finding and removing cliches

Cut cliches out of your writing using Cliche Finder . After you paste your text into the textbox and click the Find Cliches button, the tool will highlight any cliches in bold, red text. It's up to you from there, but the tool is 100% free.

Cliche Finder pricing: Free

Best free writing software for finding jargon in your text

De-Jargonizer (Web)

De-Jargonizer, our pick for the best free writing software for finding jargon in your text

Another writing mechanism that gets in the way of clarity is jargon—terms that only people in a specific role will understand. The De-Jargonizer highlights potential jargon in your writing in orange in red for you to consider rephrasing.

Once you identify jargon in your text with the De-Jargonizer, you can get suggestions for rewriting it from Zapier's Corporate Jargon Translator , built using Zapier's free AI chatbot builder .

De-Jargonizer pricing: Free

Best free writing software for varying your wording and sentence length

Expresso (Web)

Expresso, our pick for the best free writing software for varying your wording and sentence length

Two of the best ways to amp up your writing are to switch up your words and sentence length. Expresso helps you achieve both of these goals by breaking your writing down into metrics based on word usage and sentence length, such as frequently repeated words and average sentence word count.

Expresso pricing: Free

Best free writing software for comparing your writing to AI content

GPTZero (Web, Chrome)

GPTZero, our pick for the best free writing software for comparing your writing to AI content

Due to the complexity of the AI situation, it can be tricky to truly detect AI writing with an AI content detector . But, as one writer discovered in our guide to standing out from AI , these tools work well for picking out human content that sounds like AI due to repetitive phrases and generic writing. GPTZero is a free option that judges text based on perplexity (complexity) and burstiness (sentence variation).

GPTZero pricing: Free for documents up to 5,000 words and batch uploads of up to 3 files; from $9.99/month for plans with higher word and batch limits

Free writing tools for proofreading

Best free writing software for catching spelling and grammar mistakes.

Grammarly (Web, macOS, Windows, Android iOS, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge)

Grammarly, our pick for the best free writing software for catching spelling and grammar mistakes

Check for spelling and grammar mistakes everywhere you write with Grammarly . It looks for even the nit-pickiest details, like missing dashes and incorrect prepositions. Stick to its web editor, add it to your favorite writing tool, or add the browser extension to check your writing wherever you go.

Grammarly pricing: Free for the basic spell- and grammar-checker; from $12/month for plans with advanced features like tone, vocabulary, and rewrite suggestions

Best free writing tool for proofreading short-form content

ProWritingAid (Web, macOS, Windows, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge)

ProWritingAid, our pick for the best free writing tool for proofreading short-form content

ProWritingAid's free plan can analyze less text at a time than Grammarly , but it includes a word explorer, thesaurus, and rephrasing tool on top of its grammar-checking features. These capabilities make it a better fit for writers who like to get really granular with their improvement. ProWritingAid's free plan could be a better option for you than Grammarly if your total word count usually clocks at 500 words or fewer.

ProWritingAid pricing: Free for a 500 word count limit and 10 rephrases per day; from $10/month for a Premium plan with no word count limit, unlimited rephrases, and advanced grammar improvement features like in-depth analytics of your writing

Best free writing tool for making MLA citations

EasyBib (Web)

EasyBib, our pick for the Best free writing tool for making MLA citations

This one's for the academics out there. Enter your paper's sources into EasyBib , and it'll organize them into an MLA bibliography for you. I had to give everything a once-over and make minor changes, but EasyBib helped me win my college library's bibliography contest back in the day by getting it all together.

EasyBib pricing: Free

Free writing software FAQ

Here are some questions lots of people have about writing apps and how to choose the right one.

What's a good free writing tool?

Tools like Google Docs and WordCounter are free forever and very functional. Other apps, like Grammarly or ProWritingAid, have free plans that offer basic features, with more advanced features available via a paid plan.

But there are a lot of free writing tools available that perform a wide variety of functions—everything from brainstorming to research and note-taking to writing to editing to proofreading.

What writing tool do most writers use?

There's a wide variety of writing tools out there, and which one a writer uses really comes down to preference. A lot of writers use Google Docs to write because they already use Google for so many other things—but some may prefer a tool like Notion, where they can combine writing with project management.

What makes a good writing tool?

In short, whatever helps you write! If a blank page and no distraction is what helps you actually get words down, then open a new Google Doc and go at it. If you need to organize your thoughts before you even think about writing, consider adding a brainstorming tool to the mix. Each writer's process is different, and it's all about finding tools that enable your writing, not add another roadblock to your process.

Sharpen your craft with your new toolkit

As is the case with many skills, it can be easy to focus too much on improving your writing through tools alone. You'll maximize the results you'll get from your apps with a solid foundation in writing techniques. Grab the tools that appeal to you on this page, then brush up on your core writing skills to become a killer prose machine.

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This article was originally published in June 2015 by Jane Callahan and has also had contributions from Jessica Greene. The most recent update was in August 2023.

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  • How we test

The best free writing apps serve up more than just text tools - they also offer betters ways to manage and organize all your ideas, outlines, and projects. 

1. Best overall 2. Best for markup 3. Best Word alternative 4. Best word processor 5. Best for Mac 6. Best online 7. FAQs 8. How we test

Like the best free word processors , writing apps help you get your thoughts on the page without breaking the bank (or your train of thought). But we’ve also made sure they’ll make it easier to save, share, and sync all your documents and keep them safe, whether you need a desktop writing app for work, school, or play. 

If you struggle to stay focused, we’ve tested some of the best free writing apps come with distraction-free layouts or gamification challenges to keep you in the zone. We’ve also reviewed those built for professional document creation, with advanced business features such as speech-to-text transcription and online collaboration tools. 

Our picks cover the best apps for writing on the web, Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS - so you’re always ready whenever and wherever creativity strikes. 

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Scrivener: best writing software for authors Scrivener is packed with all the features a novelist needs, helping you track plot threads, store notes on characters and locations, structure your work and (most importantly) get some serious work done. It's not a free writing app like the tools below, but it's well worth the investment if your budget will allow it.

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1. FocusWriter

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FocusWriter helps writers combat one of their biggest challenges: distractions. One of the best free writing software tools out there, it's specifically designed to let you just concentrate on your writing. 

The stripped-back interface is deliciously sparse - ideal for when you just need to get your head down and write - and not dissimilar to a moderately powerful version of Notepad, featuring support for TXT, basic, RTF, and ODT files. 

Even the toolbar is hidden until you actually need it. Just swoop your cursor to the top on the screen to reveal a barren menu, from basic formatting to themes and timers.

Features are light within the software, but FocusWriter isn’t made for heavy editing sessions. It’s designed to make the act of writing flow seamlessly onto the page. 

Elsewhere, the writing app boasts the ability to add themes and your own background images, which can help you stay motivated. 

The Daily Progress tool is a sweet extra, adding Duolingo-style gamification that lets you track your daily writing streak. For when it’s oh-so-easy to slip onto social media when you can’t find the perfect word, it’s a nice way to keep you within the app. 

Available for Windows, Linux, and macOS, the writing software also comes as a portable download, no installation required. So, you can pop it on a USB stick and plug it into any computer you’re working on. 

Read our full FocusWriter review .

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2. WriteMonkey

WriteMonkey is another piece of free writing software that cuts down on the clutter to deliver uninterrupted writing sessions. 

The free word processor, cleverly described as zenware, is unbelievably pared back compared to more traditional writing apps. 

There’s very little in the way of distracting ‘screen furniture’, which means you’re better positioned to concentrate on the writing process. And absolutely nothing else. 

But don’t let that stripped-back approach fool you. As one of the best free writing apps, WriteMonkey is still rich with the sort of core features that matter to writers. 

However, most options are hidden in a context menu (so you’ll need to right-click to view it). It also only supports TXT files, which may limit those looking to read, write, or edit across multiple formats. It is, at least, a portable download, letting you take it wherever you need.

If you’ve enjoyed Markdown, the simplified text-editing language that lets you format, annotate, classify, and link as you type, then great. WriteMonkey’s inner workings will instantly chime. 

First-timers should spend a little time with this free writing software, to uncover that intuitive simplicity. 

Read our full WriteMonkey review .

3. LibreOffice Writer

Writer, the open-source, free writing software, serves almost all general writing needs.

LibreOffice is a near-perfect example of free office software - a familiar, feature-rich take on the office suite. What the veteran software package lacks in Microsoft polish (its interface is undeniably old-fashioned, for starters), it makes up for in its price-point: free. For that, you get access to six tools: Calc, Impress, Draw, Base, Math, and Writer. 

Earning it a slot on our list of best free writing apps is the fact that LibreOffice Writer packs the full editing toolbox. 

This isn’t just a note-taking app for staving off distractions when you’re deep in the zone; it’s for when you’re in pure writer-mode. 

If you’re at all proficient with Microsoft Word, you won’t have any problems using the Writer software. Layouts and functions are almost identical, and there’s support for DOC and DOCX file types, making it efficient to switch out of the Microsoft garden.

This free writing app is ideal if you’re hunting for a tool that almost perfectly replicates the Word experience without the cost. 

Read our full LibreOffice review .

4. Microsoft Word

When it comes to word processors, Microsoft Word is probably the baseline against which all others are compared. It’s the one most of us use at school, home, and work. It’s familiar, comfortable - and it’s available free on the web and mobile devices. 

That may not be the best way to write your masterpiece (unless you’ve hooked up a Bluetooth keyboard). But it’s a great way to jot down ideas on-the-go. When we tested the browser-based version we found it could be a bit slow at first, and we were typing faster than the words appeared on screen. This settles down (mostly) after a minute or so. 

Microsoft’s free writing apps on Android and iPhone had no such issues. Using these was velvety smooth. We especially appreciated the option to switch between mobile view and desktop view, so we could gauge how the document would appear in full-screen. 

As with Google Docs, you’ll need to sign up with a Microsoft account. And, like Google, that also lets you use free versions of PowerPoint, Excel, and the like. While Word offers one of the best free writing app experiences, there’s no denying that the paid-for upgrade is superior, offering more tools, and a true desktop app. 

Read our full Microsoft Word review .

Author promises to make it easier to ‘think, write, and cite’. It’s a promise capably delivered, with a clean interface and bags of writing features designed to make it easy to go from first draft to final copy. 

If you're an Apple user in search of the best free writing apps on macOS, this one demands your attention. 

Concept Maps is one of the best features. It’s a great mind-mapping tool to visualize and lay down all your thoughts while they’re fresh in your head without constraint. You can worry about whipping them into shape later. 

Students and report writers will appreciate Author’s ‘fast citing’ tools - speeding up assignment-writing by correctly adding and formatting citations, references, and contents. 

A paid-for upgrade of the writing software that offers exporting options is available. However, unless you need automatic formatting on export, you can stick with the free version. 

6. Google Docs

Google Docs is a great free writing platform for any writer. It’s an extremely clean, quick word processor available in the browser, on desktop, and phone and tablet apps. So, you can take notes wherever inspiration strikes. 

Docs is more or less Google’s spin on Microsoft Word. The interface is a bit more simple than the professional office software - although it’s no less powerful. 

You’ll find heaps of writing tools, including a pretty accurate speech-to-text transcription tool (just enunciate and don’t talk too fast). Keyboard shortcuts are very well-supported. 

For best results, you’ll need an internet connection, though documents can be used offline. They’ll be synced, and in our experience, that happens swiftly behind the scenes. 

To take advantage of the free writing app, you’ll need a Google account, which may be a deal-breaker for some - but that also opens up the rest of the Google-stuff in the Google-sphere, such as Sheets, Slides, and . With a free account, you get 15GB of storage, which should be more than enough for word documents. A Google One subscription upgrades your storage space, amongst other things. 

Additionally, Google Docs is great if you want to collaborate with one or more other writers. Just be warned to stay in Google Docs for that, because exporting the data into Word or other writing applications can result formatting errors.

Read our full Google Docs review .

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What's the difference between a writing app and an ai writer.

AI writers vs writing apps - what's the real difference?

Artificial intelligence is growing in a big way - and when it comes to writing, it's ChatGPT that's been snatching all the headlines of late, with its ability to generate short- and long-form content based on user prompts.

Generally, an AI writer will write your content for you, based on its current learning (although often without 'understanding' the context). A writing app simply lets you write your way, in your own voice. 

Some platforms, such as Canva , have even integrated AI into its Canva Docs and Canva PDF Editor services. However. its Magic Write tool acts as a writing assistant, serving up suggestions and ideas, leaving real writers to work their magic on the content. Though usually hiding in the back-end, you can also find AI integrated in other ways across other the best PDF editor apps (and even the best free PDF editor apps, too).

As always with AI-generated content, whether it's the written word or an artwork masterpiece, human involvement is usually necessary and always desirable. Even if you're using the best AI writers out there, editing and proofreading is essential to give the content accuracy and emotional resonance.

How to choose the best free writing app for you

When deciding which free writing app is best, start by figuring out what sort of writing you want to do. 

Do you need a handy tool for quick scribbles and jotting down ideas here and there, or are you using the writing software to write and edit an epic novel? Tools like FocusWriter and Write Monkey are great for getting thoughts on the page without friction.

It’s also worth considering if you need a writing app with a distraction-free design, so you can concentrate on what really matters to you. Again, FocusWriter performs admirably here, but as a result, you lose core typography and editing functions. Unlike LibreOffice, this isn’t the best Microsoft Office alternative if you need those tools. In that scenario, it may be worth considering looking at some of the best free office software , which includes MS Word-style apps, alongside other tools similar to Excel, PowerPoint, and so on. 

Access is an important factor when using your writing software. A tool like Scribus needs to be downloaded to your machine. Lightweight apps like FocusWriter, however, offer a portable download that can be downloaded to a USB and carried with you. 

Check what file formats your chosen writing app supports, too. While some let you create and edit the common DOC and DOCX files, others only allow TXT or RTF documents.

But most of all, it’s important to choose the best free writing app for your unique creative flow. 

How we test the best free writing apps

Testing the best free writing apps and software, we assess how easy it is to get your words down on the page with the least amount of friction. Portable writing apps rank high, because they let you use the program on whatever computer or laptop you’re using. 

We also look at performance for its intended audience. For distraction-free writing apps, do they really foster focus? For word processor-style software, does it offer good formatting and editing options? 

Most importantly, we expect to see free writing apps that are genuinely cost-free - no-one wants to stumble across hidden fees and charges in the contracts. 

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Are you looking for the best AI writing tools to help you create high-quality content quickly and more efficiently?

Whether you’re a blogger, journalist, or digital marketer, chances are you could use extra help to create quality written content.

Lucky for you, artificial intelligence has come a long way in recent years. Now there are loads of powerful tools that can help automate writing tasks, simplify your workflow, and help you to produce content at a rate you never thought imaginable.

In this article, we’ll take a look at 16 of the best AI writing tools available today that will help boost your productivity and take your content creation game to the next level!

What is AI Writing Software?

AI writing software is a type of artificial intelligence that is used to create written content. It uses Natural Language Processing (NLP) algorithms to automatically generate relevant written content from input data.

AI writing software can be used for a variety of purposes, such as creating web content, blog posts, product reviews, press releases, and other types of copy.

AI writing software works by analyzing user-supplied data, such as text, images, or audio recordings, to understand and interpret the context of the information provided.

Using this analysis, the software can determine what type of output would be most appropriate for the given input.

The AI then generates sentences based on its analysis and understanding of the context. The result is an automated process that produces high-quality written content with minimal effort from the user.

Above all, AI writing software can help streamline many business processes, including content creation and marketing automation.

What Are the Best AI Writing Tools?

Jasper AI writer

Jasper AI is, in our opinion, the best AI writing tool available on the market today. It includes a comprehensive suite of features from content creation to search engine optimization.

Jasper’s sophisticated algorithms analyze text and provide real-time feedback, helping users quickly improve their writing.

This AI writing platform goes beyond basic grammar correction and spell checkers to detect errors in syntax, structure, meaning, and context.

Jasper’s AI engine can recognize the difference between what is likely intended versus what was actually written and make appropriate suggestions for improvement.

It works by extracting key features from user input and then providing individualized feedback on how the user can strengthen their communication skillset.

The advanced analytics and reporting allow users to track performance metrics such as readability scores, keyword density, article structure analysis, grammar errors, and more.

Jasper also has integrations with Microsoft Word, Google Docs, WordPress, Grammarly Surfer SEO, and more to make it easy to write a finished and optimized final product.

Jasper also has tons of different templates to help you write exactly what you need:

Jasper AI templates

Key Features:

  • Real-time monitoring and analytics of performance metrics
  • Intuitive and easy-to-use user interface
  • Customizable templates that can be tailored to specific needs
  • Relevant, high-quality copywriting optimized for SEO best practices
  • Ability to generate multiple versions of a single piece of content quickly and efficiently
  • Integrations with Word, Google, Docs, WordPress, and other tools
  • Access to writing professionals with specialized knowledge in the field
  • Extensive knowledge base of YouTube tutorials

Our Opinion:

Jasper AI is one of the most powerful ai writing tools on the market right now. It’s what we’re using and the integrations and document editor make it stand far above most of the other tools on this list.

Jasper is ideal for anyone looking to up their content writing game and post articles more frequently. If you’re not that serious about using AI yet or only need it here and there, this isn’t the tool for you.

Pricing Information:

Jasper AI plans are priced based on the word output (volume of words) you need on a monthly basis. Plans start at $24/month for 20,000 words.

In order to get a wider range of features like compose & command and Google docs style editor (what you’ll need for writing blog articles, you’ll need to Boss mode plan that starts out at $49/month for 50,000 words.

Plans go all the way up to $500/month for 700,000 words and they also offer custom pricing if you need more than that.

When you write articles with Copy.ai , you’ll get access to automated keyword optimization, sentiment analysis, and readability scores.

Copy.ai uses proprietary technologies, including language understanding models, text generation algorithms, and pre-trained data sets to generate content at scale.

Copy.ai user interface

Users can easily collaborate on projects with their teammates or colleagues by sharing drafts via comments or messages within the platform itself.

Copy.ai also has an API that companies can use for integrating their own custom applications into the platform–allowing them greater scalability when creating larger volumes of content faster than ever before.

They also offer great customer support with detailed tutorials on how to get started with the platform as well as providing personalized advice when you need it.

  • Generates high-performing marketing copy
  • Natural language processing for contextual understanding and improved accuracy
  • Advanced algorithms for personalized recommendations and automated optimization
  • Deep learning technology that understands user intent, context, and preferences
  • Easily integrates with popular marketing tools such as WordPress, Shopify, Mailchimp, etc.
  • Access to a library of best practices from top marketers around the world
  • Detailed analytics on performance improvement over time

Copy.ai is going to be ideal for you if you’re interested in light copywriting because they have a great free plan (that also comes with a free trial of the pro plan).

It’s also going to be ideal for anyone looking to write a lot of content because the Pro plan is very affordable for an unlimited number of words.

They don’t have as many integrations as some other options, but they do have tons of free generation tools for many different types of content (emails, social copy, etc.).

Copy.ai template library

I love the simplicity of Copy.ai’s pricing plans. They offer a free plan that will allow you to write up to 2,000 words per month and a paid plan for unlimited words at $49/month.

3. Writesonic

Writesonic is an AI writing tool that enables users to create high-quality content quickly and efficiently.

With its powerful algorithms, Writesonic can analyze user input and generate relevant ideas for new articles or blog posts.

Writesonic user interface

It also offers features like spell checking, grammar correction, topic suggestion, keyword research tools, and more to help make sure your content is accurate and up-to-date with best practices.

Writesonic also has a cool feature called “text expander” that allows you to instantly “expand” your content to write articles that are longer, more in-depth, and detailed.

Sentence expander

“Turn 1,000 words into 10,000 words.”

  • Automatically generate high-performing marketing copy
  • Smart recommendations for optimizing your content
  • Analyze keywords, trends, and customer interests in real time
  • Customizable templates to make writing easier
  • Easy integration with existing workflows and tools
  • Comprehensive analytics to measure impact of content

Writesonic is definitely one of the more powerful AI writing tools on this list, with more advanced features (like Jasper). If you need a powerful tool, but want a little more flexibility and possibly a lower price than Jasper offers, this is your tool.

  • Free plan that offers 6,250 words and 70+ AI templates! As far as free plans go, this one has more words than most.
  • Paid plans start out at just $12.67/month for 47,500 words, making this a very affordable option.

4. Sudowrite

Sudowrite AI writing assistant

Sudowrite is an AI copywriting software that has a user-friendly interface to make writing tasks easier and faster than ever before.

With features like auto-correction, grammar checking, text analysis, and more, Sudowrite helps users increase their productivity while ensuring accuracy in content production.

Additionally, its natural language processing capabilities help ensure that each article or document produced is tailored to the individual’s style and preferences.

Overall, this tool is a bit simpler with fewer features than some others on this list, but it’s absolutely one of the most affordable.

If you’re a student needing some extra help on essays or an experienced writer just looking for “a little extra something,” this is your tool.

  • Structure your copy with advanced formatting tools
  • Choose from over 500+ topics to generate unique article drafts
  • Automations and templates to help you streamline
  • Organized library of content assets
  • Optimize your drafts for SEO
  • Manage multiple projects, assign tasks to team members, and collaborate on documents in real time
  • Track performance metrics to measure and improve the impact of your content.

Sudowrite is better suited for beginners to AI software with its lower-cost plans. If you need a more powerful ai writing tool, you’re better off with Jasper or Writesonic .

Sudowrite plans are super affordable – starting out at just $10/month for 30,000 words. The professional plan is double the price but triple the words – $20/month for 90,000 words. Finally, their “Max” plan jumps way up to $100/month for 300,000 words.

They also offer a free trial on all of their plans.

5. GrowthBar

GrowthBar helps users find ideas quickly and effectively, generates outlines in seconds and offers recommendations on related topics. Its AI assistant is able to identify topics of relevance in real time and offer suggestions based on best practices.

Growthbar user interface

GrowthBar includes built-in grammar checks and spell-checking capabilities so every piece of content produced is error-free.

The platform also provides powerful analytics tools so users can track their performance over time as well as measure SEO progress.

GrowthBar also allows for collaboration between teams on projects enabling efficient knowledge sharing between members in order to produce content quickly and efficiently.

  • Smart algorithms trained on millions of data points
  • Automatic optimization to drive best performance results
  • Built-in library of templates and formulas
  • Easy integration with existing software and CMS platforms
  • Advanced analytics insights to monitor growth metrics
  • 24/7 customer support

GrowthBar has the potential to save you some money because of its extensive set of built-in SEO tools. If you aren’t already using an SEO tool in your business, this is a great option for SEO-optimized content on a budget.

If you’re already paying for an SEO tool, some of the features in GrowthBar might be redundant.

Growthbar SEO features

GrowthBar has 3 different pricing tiers:

  • Standard plan: $29/month for 25 AI content outlines and 500 AI paragraph generations
  • Pro plan: $79/month for 100 AI content outlines and 2,000 paragraph generations
  • Agency plan: $129/month for 300 content outlines and 5,000 AI paragraphs for $129/month

All plans come with varying levels of SEO tools. They also offer a 5-day free trial.

With Anyword , you can easily create blog posts, articles, web copy, product descriptions, and more with just a few clicks.

The software also provides grammar and spelling checks so you can ensure your written work is error-free before publishing or sending it off for review.

Anyword has what they call a “predictive performance score” to help you evaluate the potential for audience engagement and responsiveness for certain demographics.

Anyword AI writing performance score

  • Automatically research and incorporate best practices into your writing
  • Create engaging copy that is optimized for search engine ranking
  • Customizable templates to get started quickly and easily
  • Collaborate with team members in real time for feedback on drafts
  • Generate reports of performance and analytics of written content

Because of the unique tools and insights they offer, Anyword is ideal for people who are interested in connecting more with their audiences.

Many people write content just to write content and to rank for SEO, but if you’re looking for a way to write better (and more) content while also retaining that connection to your audience, this is the ai tool for you.

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  • Starter plan: starting at $24/month (billed annually) for 20,000 words.
  • Data-driven plan: starting at $83/month for 30,000 words with advanced performance analytics and improvement suggestions.
  • All plans increase in price as the number of the output of words increases.

7. Ink for All

Ink AI content generation software

Ink is an AI content generator for creating, editing, and proofreading content.

Ink Editor’s AI tools provide personalized recommendations on how to improve the style of your writing by adjusting sentence structure, word choice, and even tone.

The software can automatically identify keywords and other important elements within your text and then suggest appropriate alterations such as synonyms or alternate phrasings.

Ink also includes templates that provide ideas on structure, formatting, tone, and more so you don’t have to worry about reinventing the wheel each time you start a new project.

It also comes with great customer support via online tutorials and helpful tips if you ever get stuck.

  • Spell check and grammar check
  • Create SEO content with suggestions on how to best optimize your content for search
  • Real-time feedback on readability, tone, and sentiment
  • Library of templates and best practices for compelling content writing
  • Ccollaboration with multiple users within a project workspace
  • Export your work into various formats

Ink for All is unique in that it offers unlimited words on all plans. If a high volume of words is important to you, this ai writer tool is a great option.

Ink unlimited words feature

  • Creator plan: starts out at $44/month
  • Professional plan: starts out at $89/month
  • SEO Rocket plan: starts at $443/month.

Ryter is an AI writing assistant tool that analyzes your input and suggests relevant words, phrases, and topics for you.

This allows users to easily create more detailed and comprehensive content without having to worry about grammar or syntax.

Ryter also suggests alternative ways to phrase or rephrase your ideas, ensuring that every piece of content is as unique as possible.

Ryter features

The platform has built-in SEO tools, advanced analytics, and tracking tools so that you can track how visitors interact with your content and make improvements.

For more experienced writers, Ryter provides additional features such as support for multiple languages, sentence structure corrections, word suggestions based on what’s trending on social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram, and also plagiarism checks.

Ryter user interface

  • Suggestions for SEO and readability while you write
  • Tailored writing insights based on your industry and target audience
  • Collaboration with a shared workspace for multiple writers and editors
  • Generates automated summaries of text, allowing you to replace long passages with concise explanations
  • Integrates seamlessly into existing workflows with API access, browser plugins, and more

Ryter has the best balance of content generation features for the best price. If you’re looking for a powerful ai writer tool on the cheap, this is your software.

  • Free plan: up to 10,000 words + 5 images
  • Saver plan: $9/month for 100,000 words + 20 images.
  • Unlimited plan: $29/month for unlimited words + 100 images

9. AI Writer

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Using AI Writer , users can create content for websites, blogs, newsletters, or any other type of written material as well as optimize and improve existing content.

The platform also offers features such as automated grammar checking, keyword density control, and summarization tools that make it easier to create professional-looking content without spending too much time on the task.

They have a large library of pre-defined templates as well as an extensive database of relevant images and videos that you can use to generate content.

It’s also often used as a research tool by students or professionals who need help understanding a certain topic.

It also supports multiple languages, allowing users can select which language they want their texts to be written in and the platform will automatically generate text tailored specifically for the chosen language to make sure the text is culturally relevant.

  • Personalize copy for target audiences
  • Tracks performance metrics to measure the success of campaigns
  • Integrates with popular CRMs and email marketing platforms
  • Library of over 25,000 templates and examples to get started quickly
  • Access existing corporate brand assets such as logos, fonts, colors, and more

One really cool feature of this AI writer tool is “verifiable citations,” which essentially provides you with a list of sources for your content that you can verify and include in your content.

If you want to write quick SEO content that is heavy on sourcing and citations, this is going to be a great AI writer for you.

AI Writer’s pricing plans differ from their competitors a bit in that they charge based on the volume of articles rather than on the volume of characters.

  • Basic plan: $29/month for 40 articles
  • Standard plan: $59/month for 150 articles
  • Power plan: $375 for 1,000 articles

They also offer a 1-week free trial.

10. Paragraph AI

Paragraph AI is one of the best AI writing tools to get personalized feedback on how to improve your writing, receive suggested edits, and provide advice based on best practices from experienced writers.

Paragraph AI user interface

The platform provides a wide range of features designed to make the writing process easier, including a keyword optimizer, auto-complete functionality, grammar checker, and more.

For those who need help crafting better stories, Paragraph AI provides a story editor that offers point-and-click instructions for developing storylines.

Its visual storyboard feature allows for easy visualization of complex narrative structures and helps users build effective narratives quickly and easily.

  • Drag-and-drop interface
  • SEO optimization and readability
  • Ability to set rules and parameters so that you can control how it reads and writes your text
  • Comprehensive analytics dashboard
  • Integration with popular CMS platforms like WordPress and HubSpot
  • Access to a library of best practices and resources
  • Collaborate with other team members

If you’re new to using an AI writer in your business and just want to explore the possibilities and use cases, Paragraph AI is the perfect AI tool to start out with because it’s free.

Paragraph AI is completely free to use! No strings attached.

11. Copysmith

Copysmith.ai is an AI-powered writing platform that empowers creators to produce amazing content quickly, effectively, and cost-effectively.

This AI writer platform offers a comprehensive suite of editing tools as well as an interactive editor where you can also add additional elements like images or videos.

Copysmith.ai is specifically helpful for users writing copy related to sales with a content strategy that revolves around value proposition.

Copysmith ai product description feature

  • Personalize content to engage target audiences more effectively
  • Monitor audience response in real time to improve performance
  • Easily measure the impact of changes in copywriting styles and strategies

Copysmith AI is best suited for eCommerce and Enterprise businesses that need more generated content related to sales and value to target audiences.

Copysmith ai writing templates

  • Starter plan: $19/month for 75 credits
  • Professional plan: $59/month for 400 credits
  • Custom pricing also available.

With Writer , you can quickly generate article outlines, complete drafts, and even get feedback on your work from the AI’s insights.

Writer user interface

Writer is a helpful tool for both experienced and novice writers, as it can provide guidance on how to improve your writing.

For example, it can suggest better adjectives and adverbs to make a sentence more lively or point out when repetition of words is used too often.

Writer will also recommend topics related to the user’s interests or current project so that they can easily find sources of inspiration or explore unknown paths in their research.

The platform allows users to organize multiple projects into folders for easier navigation.

  • Research topics with intuitive keyword-tracking tools
  • Streamline the collaboration process with real time feedback loops
  • Automatically A/B test different versions of your content to find what works best
  • Generate content recommendations tailored to your target audience
  • Monitor competitor activity and keep track of industry trends
  • Get insights into how your content is performing across multiple channels
  • Enhance customer experience with interactive storytelling and immersive designs.

Writer is best for larger teams that need an extensive set of features for collaboration and bulk content creation. Many large companies are featured on their website, including Intuit, emotive, and more.

Writer AI teams feature

Writer has just one plan: Team (1-5 people) that cost $18 per user per month. This includes 15,000 words per user per month. Custom pricing also exists.

13. Article Forge

Article Forge is an AI writing platform that supports 7 different foreign languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Dutch.

Writing content in foreign languages can be difficult due to different metrics for SEO and other, cultural differences in the content.

Article Forge helps you optimize your content specifically for the language you are writing in.

Article Forge foreign languages feature

It also offers the standard features of as keyword optimization, SEO analysis, grammar checking, plagiarism detection, topic suggestions and more.

  • Integrates with WordPress, Tumblr, and Blogger to post content directly
  • Intelligent grammar and punctuation correction
  • Supports 7 languages for creating articles in different languages
  • Automatic keyword optimization for better SEO ranking
  • Integration with Google Docs, Dropbox, etc.
  • Ability to set up scheduled content creation for automated posting
  • Advanced analytics to monitor performance

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Article Forge is best suited for individuals or companies that need access to an AI writer that supports multiple languages for connection and/or SEO.

Article Forge only has one plan but it gives deep discounts if you sign up for annual billing. This plan starts out with 25,000 words for $27/month (or $13/month for annual billing).

You can also start out with a 5-day free trial.

AI Writing Assistants

The following tools are not necessarily known to be great AI copywriting tools specifically for content generation. Rather they are add-on tools to improve your SEO performance, grammar and readability, and more.

That being said, they are all still powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. Use these AI writing assistants in addition to the AI writer tools described above.

14. Grammarly

Grammarly is a powerful AI writing assistant that helps you make sure your content is accurate and error-free.

Grammarly’s built-in spell checker can detect typos as well as homophones, helping users avoid embarrassing mistakes such as writing “form” instead of “from.”

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Grammarly’s sophisticated grammar checker detects grammar and punctuation mistakes, subject-verb agreement errors, dangling modifiers, run-on sentences, and other commonly made mistakes.

  • Automatically detect spelling and grammar mistakes
  • Make corrections on the fly as you type
  • Contextual spell-checking for enhanced accuracy
  • Access your documents, track changes, and collaborate with others in real time
  • Personalized suggestions to make your writing more accurate and concise
  • Ability to check the style of writing including tone, clarity, etc.
  • Integration with popular apps like Google Docs, MS Word, and Outlook
  • Comprehensive dictionary and synonym database for editing

Grammarly has a really great free plan that is sufficient for the vast majority of users. I’ve upgraded once to see the additional benefits and ended up downgrading again to the free plan.

Install the free browser extension and use Grammarly alongside the AI writer tools in this article.

  • Premium plan: $12/month and comes with more features for AI writing, such as full-sentence rewrites, tone suggestions, and more.
  • Business plan: $15/month and includes snippets, brand tones, an analytics dashboard, and more.

15. Surfer SEO

Surfer SEO is an AI writing assistant and SEO tool that helps content writers craft more effective, SEO-optimized, quality content.

It analyzes webpages, identifies the most important topics, and suggests additional sections and keywords that can help you optimize your website for search engines.

surfer seo user interface

When you write a blog post, it can generate meta tags automatically based on analysis of the page being optimized, provide keyword suggestions based on advanced metrics such as IDF or TF-IDF scores, as well as produce reports with detailed insights into how content performs on search engines.

Surfer SEO also integrates with Google Analytics so you can track your progress over time.

  • Comprehensive keyword research including search volume, competition level, and keyword difficulty
  • Analyze competitor’s websites to find new ranking opportunities
  • Track your website’s performance with in-depth SEO metrics
  • Monitor backlinks to gain insights into your link-building strategy
  • Automate tedious SEO tasks such as broken link checking, meta tag creation, and more
  • Create powerful content marketing strategies by researching trending topics and content ideas
  • Discover profitable longtail keywords through smart suggestions
  • Optimize internal links on your website for improved ranks
  • Monitor your website’s performance in SERPs to keep track of changes
  • Set up alerts for brand mentions and new links
  • Compare multiple webpages in order to identify common themes
  • Use the text editor for real-time feedback on writing quality

The list of key features is long because Surfer SEO is a very valuable SEO tool and one that we personally use in our SEO content strategy.

Use this SEO tool alongside one of the other AI writer tools in this article.

  • Basic plan: starts at $49/month and includes 120 articles and 240 audits per year + tracking for up to two websites
  • Pro plan: starts at $99/month and includes 360 articles and 720 audits per year + tracking for up to 5 websites
  • Business plan: starts at $199/month and includes 840 articles and 1680 audits per year + tracking for 10+ websites

16. WordTune

WordTune is a powerful writing assistant that helps you to create higher-quality, more engaging, and more persuasive content faster than ever before.

With WordTune, you can quickly analyze your content for structural weaknesses and identify areas to improve your writing.

Wordtune rewrite feature

It provides comprehensive writing analysis tools to help you evaluate your text for readability, grammar, and punctuation accuracy.

The AI-assisted understanding modules offer advanced features such as sentiment analysis, keyword extraction, readability score, summarization tools, and more.

  • Automatically generate content ideas and topics
  • Get AI-powered writer recommendations to get the job done quickly
  • Easily find writers with specific skillsets, industries, and writing styles
  • Receive real-time feedback from expert editors on your writing quality
  • Use advanced search tools to quickly research copywriting topics
  • Analyze data insights about audience engagement levels for written content
  • Leverage built-in templates for creating high-performing marketing campaigns
  • Export content in multiple formats to ensure compatibility across channels

WordTune eliminates many of the tedious tasks that we all feel during the writing process and significantly enhances the quality of your final product.

It can help you improve your writing productivity and accuracy, which makes it an excellent pairing for the AI writer tools on this list.

  • Free plan with 10/day complete rewrites
  • Premium plan includes unlimited rewrites + paragraph-specific rewrites for just $9.99/month.
  • They also offer a teams plan if you need to add more users.

We hope this article on the best AI writing tools will help you start creating higher-quality content quickly and more efficiently.

The best AI writer tools go beyond basic grammar and readability to provide you with features like:

  • the ability to automatically generate content ideas and topics,
  • get AI-powered writer recommendations,
  • access real-time feedback from expert editors on written content quality,
  • analyze audience engagement data,
  • leverage built-in templates for creating marketing campaigns,
  • and export content in multiple formats.

There are a variety of different AI tools with different features and price points on this list, so there is something for everyone here!

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Essay Expander

Ai-powered essay expansion tool.

  • Expand an academic essay: Add depth and detail to your essay, improving its quality and increasing its length.
  • Enhance a blog post: Expand on your ideas and arguments, making your blog post more engaging and comprehensive.
  • Improve a business report: Add more detail to your report, making it more informative and persuasive.
  • Upgrade a product description: Add more detail and depth to your product description, making it more engaging and persuasive.

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This AI-powered paraphraser lets you rewrite text in your own words. Use it to  paraphrase articles, essays, and other pieces of text. You can also use it to rephrase sentences and find synonyms for individual words. And the best part? It’s all 100% free!

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Paraphrasing involves expressing someone else’s ideas or thoughts in your own words while maintaining the original meaning. Paraphrasing tools can help you quickly reword text by replacing certain words with synonyms or restructuring sentences. They can also make your text more concise, clear, and suitable for a specific audience. Paraphrasing is an essential skill in academic writing and professional communication. 

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  • Save time: Gone are the days when you had to reword sentences yourself; now you can rewrite a text or a complete text with one click.
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With the Scribbr Paraphrasing Tool, you can easily reformulate individual sentences.

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  • Rephrase the subject line of an email
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Our paraphraser can also help with longer passages (up to 125 words per input). Upload your document or copy your text into the input field.

With one click, you can reformulate the entire text.

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Simply click on any word to open the interactive thesaurus.

  • Choose from a list of suggested synonyms
  • Find the synonym with the most appropriate meaning
  • Replace the word with a single click

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1. put your text into the paraphraser, 2. select your method of paraphrasing, 3. select the quantity of synonyms you want, 4. edit your text where needed, who can use this paraphrasing tool.

Students

Paraphrasing tools can help students to understand texts and improve the quality of their writing. 

Teachers

Create original lesson plans, presentations, or other educational materials.

Researchers

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Explain complex concepts or ideas to a wider audience. 

Journalists

Journalists

Quickly and easily rephrase text to avoid repetitive language.

Copywriters

Copywriters

By using a paraphrasing tool, you can quickly and easily rework existing content to create something new and unique.

Bloggers

Bloggers can rewrite existing content to make it their own.

Writers

Writers who need to rewrite content, such as adapting an article for a different context or writing content for a different audience.

Marketers

A paraphrasing tool lets you quickly rewrite your original content for each medium, ensuring you reach the right audience on each platform.

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The act of putting someone else’s ideas or words into your own words is called paraphrasing, rephrasing, or rewording. Even though they are often used interchangeably, the terms can mean slightly different things:

Paraphrasing is restating someone else’s ideas or words in your own words while retaining their meaning. Paraphrasing changes sentence structure, word choice, and sentence length to convey the same meaning.

Rephrasing may involve more substantial changes to the original text, including changing the order of sentences or the overall structure of the text.

Rewording is changing individual words in a text without changing its meaning or structure, often using synonyms.

It can. One of the two methods of paraphrasing is called “Fluency.” This will improve the language and fix grammatical errors in the text you’re paraphrasing.

Paraphrasing and using a paraphrasing tool aren’t cheating. It’s a great tool for saving time and coming up with new ways to express yourself in writing.  However, always be sure to credit your sources. Avoid plagiarism.  

If you don’t properly cite text paraphrased from another source, you’re plagiarizing. If you use someone else’s text and paraphrase it, you need to credit the original source. You can do that by using citations. There are different styles, like APA, MLA, Harvard, and Chicago. Find more information about citing sources here.

Paraphrasing without crediting the original author is a form of plagiarism , because you’re presenting someone else’s ideas as if they were your own.

However, paraphrasing is not plagiarism if you correctly cite the source . This means including an in-text citation and a full reference, formatted according to your required citation style .

As well as citing, make sure that any paraphrased text is completely rewritten in your own words.

Plagiarism means using someone else’s words or ideas and passing them off as your own. Paraphrasing means putting someone else’s ideas in your own words.

So when does paraphrasing count as plagiarism?

  • Paraphrasing is plagiarism if you don’t properly credit the original author.
  • Paraphrasing is plagiarism if your text is too close to the original wording (even if you cite the source). If you directly copy a sentence or phrase, you should quote it instead.
  • Paraphrasing  is not plagiarism if you put the author’s ideas completely in your own words and properly cite the source .

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10 Best Copywriting Tools & Software in 2024

February 13, 2024

Are you still on the fence about using AI for everyday copy tasks?

Professional copywriters are accustomed to meticulously crafting and refining each word, which makes them hesitant to use tools that provide the same results in an instant.

However, these tools are becoming increasingly advanced, providing copywriters with powerful tools to help them quickly and efficiently create high-quality content. As a result, not only can these tools make your copy more engaging, but they are also able to increase conversions and improve overall productivity at work.

We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 copywriting tools to help you optimize your writing for search engines and target audiences. From copywriting and editing, content optimization tools, and project management apps with a built-in word processor and note taking feature , this comprehensive list of the best copywriting tools will help you create the perfect tech stack to streamline your workflow and work at your best. So, grab your beverage of choice, settle in, and let’s dive into these incredible resources that will undoubtedly level up your copywriting skills. ✍️⚡️

What are Copywriting Tools?

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Copywriting tools are software and online resources that help copywriters craft compelling and impactful content for platforms like websites, social media, and emails. They also help professionals increase conversion rates, improve search engine rankings, and increase online visibility with content marketing campaigns. In addition to writing aids, these tools also help you research keywords, optimize content, and track your results. 

Various types of copywriting tools are available to assist copywriters in creating effective and persuasive content. Here are some common types of copywriting tools:

  • Grammar and spelling checkers
  • Content idea generators
  • AI text generators
  • Design tools to create graphics to accompany written content
  • Content planning and organization tools
  • Headline analyzers and SEO tools

By using these tools, you’ll be able to create persuasive, engaging, SEO-friendly content that resonates with your target audience much more easily. 

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Best for all-in-one project management, content planning, task organization.

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ClickUp is an all-in-one project management and productivity tool offering hundreds of advanced features to help streamline and simplify your workflow.

What makes this tool so unique is its flexibility. The entire platform is customizable, making it a useful tool for any use case, team, and organization. Teams across industries, including copywriters and marketing teams, because it provides an intuitive platform for copywriters to easily manage tasks, prioritize workload , and collaborate on projects.

Use digital Whiteboards and Mind Maps for brainstorming and developing content strategies, custom views such as List and Board view to organize your work your way, and ClickUp Docs to create unlimited docs for blogs, social media posts , ad copy, content briefs, wikis, knowledge bases, and so much more.

Need help simplifying or leveling up your copy? ClickUp is now a project management and an AI copywriting tool! ClickUp AI will save you time by simplifying the writing process, helping you write more effectively, and creating engaging AI generated content . Use ClickUp AI to compose an email, write your next blog post, or crush your writer’s block.

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Aside from writing and editing copy features, ClickUp also offers task management and other productivity features such as automated reminders, time tracking, goal setting, and analytics to help you stay organized and maximize your efficiency.

Best features

  • Over 15 custom project views : Choose to view and organize your work in over 15 ways, including List view, Board view, and a unique Workload view
  • Note-taking and word-processing features : Use ClickUp Docs and Notepad to capture short and long-form copy
  • Collaborative editing and comments : View who’s working on the same page and edit without overlap with the collaborative editing and detection feature. Then use the comments feature to leave and assign messages to a specific person to improve and speed up the feedback process
  • ClickUp AI : Your own writing assistant to help you create AI generated content, edit copy, summarize long and complex copy, and so much more
  • Digital Whiteboards and Mind Maps : Brainstorm and map out ideas and processes on a collaborative Whiteboard or Mind Map, and easily share your work with anyone or keep it private to yourself
  • Proofing : Centralize and speed up the feedback loop by annotating directly on images, videos, and PDFs
  • Template library : Templates for every project deliverable , from content briefs, writing guidelines , and more
  • Mobile app: Access your work at any time from anywhere
  • Integration capabilities : Connect ClickUp to over 1,000 work tools to consolidate your apps and bring all your work into one place

Limitations

  • AI features are still on a waitlist; join to be added to the waitlist
  • Free Forever : Feature-rich free plan
  • Unlimited : $7 per month/user
  • Business : $12 per month/user
  • Enterprise : Contact for pricing 

Customer ratings and reviews

  • G2: 4.7 out of 5 (2,000+ reviews)
  • Capterra: 4.7 out of 5 (3,519+ reviews)

Best for AI rewriting, writing assistant , and copyeditor

Using Wordtune as a copywriting tool, writing assistant, and content editor

Wordtune is one of the most powerful AI copywriting tools available today. It allows copywriters to quickly and easily find the right words to communicate their message and optimize their copywriting using generative AI to create engaging copy for social media posts , blog posts, documentation, ad copy, product descriptions, SEO meta descriptions, and titles, web copy, and more.

It works without the need for complicated prompts. Simply add your copy and instantly get improvement suggestions that are based on the most advanced language models. You can also use this AI copywriting tool to brainstorm ideas or get relevant synonyms for any word in your text.

  • Shorten and expand text: Change the length of any sentence or paragraph and reach your needed word count
  • Brainstorm title ideas: Quickly generate titles for landing pages, blogs, and other marketing assets
  • Get paraphrasing suggestions for copy: Copywriters quickly find it their default behavior to click on the Wordtune icon and browse through alternate copy suggestions
  • Draft emails in an instant: Drastically cut down on the time it takes you to formulate emails
  • Prompt length is limited
  • Doesn’t natively integrate with WordPress
  • Premium : $9.99 per month/user
  • Premium for Teams : Contact for pricing 
  • G2: 4.3 out of 5 (49 reviews)
  • Capterra: 4.4 out of 5 (70 reviews)

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Best for research

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Copywriting is made easier with Perplexity , an AI-powered tool that offers a chatbot-like interface. Instead of using a search engine, users can pose questions in natural language and get an informed response from the AI. Moreover, users can ask follow-up questions to explore a particular topic further and get a response based on the context of the earlier responses. This makes copywriting much more efficient and accurate.

Additionally, proper research is fundamental to creating a well-written and optimized copy. Copywriters need to ensure that every line they write properly reflects their product or industry. Perplexity allows them to ask questions and get answers, including links to reliable sources. Instead of endlessly browsing through search results, copywriters can research any topic much faster and get a direct answer.

  • Instant summary of your current page
  • Quickly ask any question from your toolbar
  • Ask questions about your current page
  • Ask questions focused on your current domain
  • Click to ask follow-up questions
  • No summarization capabilities
  • Chrome store: 4.5 out of 5 (84 reviews)

Bonus: Check out 7 Free Content Writing Templates for Faster Content Creation

Best for SERP snippet preview and calculating sentence length

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Mangools Google SERP Simulator is a great tool for copywriters, as it helps to preview and analyze how a website will appear in Google’s search engine results pages (SERPs). This tool is easy-to-use and provides quick access to vital information about a website’s SERP performance.

The simulator can be used to assess a website’s SERP performance in a variety of ways. It provides quick access to data such as keyword rankings, organic search results, and paid search results. Additionally, it can be used to measure the effectiveness of SEO campaigns and track changes in SERP rankings over time.

  • Keyword research: Find the keywords with the most potential to rank 
  • Geo search results: Examine search result rankings for more than 52K locations 
  • Rank tracking: Share interactive and filterable reports about your SEO progress
  • Competitor analysi s for keywords and search: Check out how your competitors are ranking and see potential growth opportunities
  • No paraphrasing or suggestion capabilities
  • Mangools Basic : $29.90 per month
  • Mangools Premium : $44.90 per month
  • Mangools Agency : $89.90 per month
  • G2: 4.6 out of 5 (44 reviews)
  • Capterra: 4.7 out of 5 (67 reviews)

Best for SEO research

Keyword Explorer by Ahrefs

Ahrefs is one of the most helpful AI tools for SEO, offering a comprehensive suite of tools to help copywriters and marketing teams create content that packs a punch. Additionally, Ahrefs allows writers to track their SEO efforts and performance over time, making it an invaluable tool for copywriters of all skill levels.

With its suite of SEO tools and research capabilities, it can help writers craft content that is optimized for both organic search engine rankings and user engagement. It provides useful information such as keyword research, competitor analysis features , backlink analysis, content analysis, keyword difficulty, keyword volume, and other metrics to help writers understand how to craft content that will rank and content that will be engaging for readers.

  • SEO Dashboard: Get an overview that will keep you up to date as to how your progress is going
  • Site Explorer: This feature tracks your website’s performance and gives valuable insights
  • Keywords Explorer: Ahref’s Keyword Explorer is one of their biggest advantages, as it allows users to go deeper into analysis
  • Intuitive UI: Copywriters will love Ahrefs’ intuitive UI. It’s super easy to navigate even if you’re not a tech-savvy search engine marketer
  • Does not offer a content SEO score
  • Lite : $99 per month
  • Standard : $199 per month
  • Advanced : $399 per month
  • Enterprise : $999 per month
  • G2: 4.6 out of 5 (458 reviews)
  • Capterra: 4.7 out of 5 (504 reviews)

Best for headline optimization

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Copywriters often need to craft headlines that win their audience’s attention and compel them to click. To do this, they need to understand the elements of great headlines and how they can use them to their advantage. Sharethrough’s Headline Analyzer is a powerful tool that can help copywriters create high-performing headlines.

It uses a combination of natural language processing and machine learning to analyze headlines. It helps to identify the key elements that make a great headline, such as length, word choice, and readability, and also provides feedback on how to improve the headline to maximize its impact.

  • Headline length suggestions: Find the optimal length for headlines
  • Engagement and impression score: Get some stats that will help you understand how your headline is performing
  • Headline testing history: Review past results of headline tests
  • Word and character count: Sharethrough makes it easy to know the exact length of what you wrote
  • No generative AI features
  • G2: 4.5 out of 5 (78 reviews)

Best for natural language processing and AI copywriting tool

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ChatGPT , launched in November 2022, is an easy-to-use AI language model that copywriters can use to generate ideas, and optimize content such as ad copy, copy for social media posts, and so on. It’s based on OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 and GPT-4 large language models (LLMs) and can generate copy using prompt engineering.

Individuals and teams across industries, including copywriters , use this powerful tool to create AI generated content. All you need to do is type a command or a message, and ChatGPT will instantly respond with a relevant answer making this one of the best AI copywriting tools that exist today.

  • Human-like text: Send ChatGPT a copy-related question, and get an answer in human voice
  • Interactive responses: Don’t like the copy AI provided? Ask ChatGPT to correct it
  • Translations: Get text suggestions in any language
  • Summarization: Move from text to summary with just a simple prompt
  • Does not natively integrate with other tools
  • No text editing capabilities
  • ChatGPT : Free
  • ChatGPT Plus : $20 per month
  • G2: 4.8 out of 5 (37 reviews)
  • TrustRadius: 8.4 out of 10 (5 reviews)

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Best for keyword research

Get consumer insight you can use to create fresh, ultra-useful content, products and services with AnswerThePublic

Copywriters use Answer The Public to help them research and understand their audience. It provides a comprehensive database of keywords related to any topic, giving copywriters access to the questions and topics their readers are already asking about.

Answer The Public’s search engine is powered by Google, Bing, and Yahoo, giving copywriters access to the most up-to-date data on search trends and consumer behavior. The tool also provides a visual representation of the data, making it easier to identify and explore topics related to the copywriter’s topic. By utilizing this tool, copywriters can better tailor their content to the needs and interests of their audience.

  • Topic, brand, or product search
  • Ability to search by country and language
  • Filters for questions, prepositions, comparisons, alphabetical, and related
  • Metrics that include search volume, difficulty, cost per click, and paid difficulty
  • The interface is sometimes too busy
  • Individual : $9 per month
  • Pro : $99 per month
  • Expert : $199 per month
  • G2: 4.4 out of 5 (26 reviews)
  • Capterra: 4.5 out of 5 (11 reviews)

Best for content development

Get instant access to trending stories worldwide and discover best performing content with BuzzSumo

Buzzsumo helps you create content that resonates with your audience. The platform quickly identifies what content is trending in your industry and allows you to create content that will have maximum impact.

Using Buzzsumo makes copywriting easier because you can quickly identify trending topics and create content relevant to your audience. It offers powerful analytics that helps you understand what content is performing best and what content needs more work. Plus, you can find influencers and other content creators who can help to promote your work.

  • Content analyzer: Discover the most engaging content across countries, topics and other factors
  • Question analyzer: Scan millions of forum posts and find relevant customer questions
  • Backlink analyzer: Track the uptake of URLs and domains with ease 
  • Trending feature: Find creative content ideas that can be used to news jack stories and events
  • No content suggestions abilities
  • No optimization options
  • Basic : $119 per month
  • Content creation : $249 per month
  • PR and Comms : $249 per month
  • Suite : $399 per month
  • G2: 4.5 out of 5 (95 reviews)
  • Capterra: 4.5 out of 5 (141 reviews)

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Best for plagiarism detection

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Copyscape can be used to ensure that any content created is unique and original. It’s an online plagiarism detection tool that checks for plagiarism on any website, blog, or document.

It works by searching for similar content on the web and highlighting any potential matches. This gives copywriters the ability to easily identify any content that has already been used by someone else. With Copyscape, copywriters can ensure that the content they create is wholly original.

Copyscape can also be used to protect content from being plagiarised. Copywriters can add a Copyscape badge to their content, and this will show that the content is protected. If anyone attempts to copy the content, they will be alerted to the fact that the content is protected by Copyscape.

  • Copy and paste offline content to check it
  • With Batch Search, you can check up to 10,000 pages at once
  • Keep track of plagiarism instances and your responses (online content only)
  • Pay for and track searches with other Copyscape accounts
  • No AI detection tool
  • Copyscape Premium : ​​$19.95 per month for up to 10 pages
  • G2: 4.5 out of 5 (25 reviews)
  • Capterra: 4.8 out of 5 (70 reviews)

The main reasons for incorporating copywriting tools are:

  • Improved efficiency : These tools allow you to work more efficiently, open up more time to focus on the more crucial tasks of copywriting, like differentiation and research, and save time on tedious tasks such as keyword research, content optimization, and tracking results
  • Enhanced creativity : Copywriting tools can help beat writer’s block and generate ideas to keep your creative juices flowing
  • Consistent branding : Many copywriting tools offer templates to keep your brand tone, style, messaging, and workflow consistent
  • Accurate grammar and spelling : Even experienced copywriters are not foolproof when it comes to grammar and spelling. Copywriting tools provide another layer of safety, catching those unfortunate mistakes
  • Readability enhancements : By improving the readability of your copy, these tools can help ensure your content stays clear, concise, and engaging for the reader
  • Simplified content organization : It’s hard to keep track of all your copy tasks and bounce back and forth between projects. These tools help you stay organized and ensure your notes, blogs, wikis, SOPs, and other copywriting documents are easily accessible
  • SEO optimization : Writing good copy is hard enough. These tools can help with SEO optimization and task automation to ensure your copy is optimized for search engines

Ultimately, any copywriter who wants to improve their skills, streamline their workflow, and produce engaging and effective content needs to check out the top ten copywriting tools above. To make sure your copy is achieving its goals, you can use these tools to do thorough research, edit and optimize it, and analyze your results. 

And in addition, you can use ClickUp to streamline this entire operation and make it seamless. From ideation, brainstorming, writing, editing, reviewing, and publishing, ClickUp will be there to help you orchestrate every part of the process. 😌✍️

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ChatGPT vs. Microsoft Copilot vs. Gemini: Which is the best AI chatbot?

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has transformed how we work and play  in recent months, giving almost anyone the ability to write code , create art , and even make investments . 

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The Rise of Generative AI

A new wave of AI tools has taken the world by storm and given us a vision for a new way of working and finding the information that can streamline our work and our lives. We show you the ways tools like ChatGPT and other generational AI software are making impacts on the world, how to harness their power, as well as potential risks.

For professional and hobbyist users alike, generative AI tools, such as  ChatGPT , offer advanced capabilities to create decent-quality content from a simple prompt given by the user. 

Keeping up with all the latest AI tools can get confusing, especially as Microsoft added  GPT-4 to Bing  and renamed it to Copilot,  OpenAI added new capabilities to ChatGPT , and Bard got plugged into the Google ecosystem  and rebranded to Gemini.

Also: Microsoft Copilot Pro vs. OpenAI's ChatGPT Plus: Which is worth your $20 a month?

Knowing which of the three most popular AI chatbots is best to write code , generate text , or help build resumes is challenging, so we'll break down the biggest differences so you can choose one that fits your needs. 

Testing ChatGPT vs. Microsoft Copilot vs. Gemini

To help determine which AI chatbot gives more accurate answers, I'm going to use a simple prompt to compare the three: 

"I have 5 oranges today, I ate 3 oranges last week. How many oranges do I have left?"

The answer should be five, as the number of oranges I ate last week doesn't affect the number of oranges I have today, which is what we're asking the three bots. First up, ChatGPT.

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1. You want to try the most popular AI chatbot

ChatGPT was created by OpenAI and released for a widespread preview in November 2022. Since then, the AI chatbot quickly gained over 100 million users, with the website alone seeing 1.8 billion visitors a month. It's been at the center of controversies , especially as people uncover its potential to do schoolwork and replace some workers.

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The free version of ChatGPT, which runs on the default GPT-3.5 model, gave the wrong answer to our question.

I've been testing ChatGPT almost daily since its release. Its user interface has remained simple, but minor changes have improved it greatly, like the addition of a copy button, an edit option, Custom Instructions , and easy access to your account. 

Also: How to use ChatGPT

Though ChatGPT has proven itself as a valuable AI tool, it can be prone to misinformation . Like other large language models (LLMs), GPT-3.5 is imperfect, as it is trained on human-created data up to January 2022. It also often fails to comprehend nuances, like it did with our math question example, which it answered incorrectly by saying we have two oranges left when it should be five. 

2. You're willing to pay extra for an upgrade

OpenAI lets users access ChatGPT -- powered by the GPT-3.5 model -- for free with a registered account. But if you're willing to pay for the Plus version, you can access GPT-4 and many more features for $20 per month.

Also: How to write better ChatGPT prompts for the best generative AI results

GPT-4 is the largest LLM available for use when compared to all other AI chatbots and is trained with data up to April 2023 and can also access the internet, powered by Microsoft Bing. GPT-4 is said to have over 100 trillion parameters; GPT-3.5 has 175 billion parameters. More parameters essentially mean that the model is trained on more data, which makes it more likely to answer questions accurately and less prone to hallucinations.

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ChatGPT Plus, which runs using the GPT-4 model, did answer the question correctly. 

As an example, you can see the GPT-4 model, available through a ChatGPT Plus subscription , answered the math question correctly, as it understood the full context of the problem from beginning to end.

Also: I tried Microsoft Copilot's new AI image-generating feature, and it solves a real problem

Next up, let's consider Microsoft Copilot (formerly Bing chat) , which is a great way to access GPT-4 for free, as it's integrated into its new Bing format. 

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1. You want more up-to-date information

In contrast to the free version of ChatGPT, which is limited to being an AI tool that generates text in a conversational style with information leading up to early 2022, Copilot can access the internet to deliver more current information, complete with links for sources. 

Also: How to use Copilot (formerly called Bing Chat)

There are other benefits, too. Copilot is powered by GPT-4, OpenAI's LLM, and it's completely free to use. Unfortunately, you are limited to five responses on a single conversation, and can only enter up to 2,000 characters in each prompt. 

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Copilot's Precise conversation style answered the question accurately, though other styles fumbled.

Copilot's user interface isn't as straightforward as that of ChatGPT, but it's easy to navigate. Though Bing Chat can access the internet to give you more up-to-date results compared to ChatGPT, I've found it is more prone to stall at replying and altogether miss prompts than its competitor. 

2. You prefer more visual features

Through a series of upgrades to its platform, Microsoft added visual features to Copilot, formerly Bing Chat. At this point, you can ask Copilot questions like, 'What is a Tasmanian devil?' and get an information card in response, complete with photos, lifespan, diet, and more for a more scannable result that is easier to digest than a wall of text. 

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All about the Tasmanian devil on Microsoft Copilot.

When you use Copilot, you can also ask it to create an image for you. Give Copilot the description of what you want the image to look like, and have the chatbot generate four images for you to choose from. 

Also: How to use Image Creator from Microsoft Designer (formerly Bing Image Creator)

Microsoft Copilot also features different conversational styles when you interact with the chatbot, including Creative, Balanced, and Precise, which alter how light or straightforward the interactions are. 

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Both the Balanced and Creative conversation styles in Microsoft Copilot answered my question inaccurately.

Finally, let's turn to Google's Gemini, formerly known as Bard, which uses a different LLM and has received some considerable upgrades in the past few months.

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1. You want a fast, almost unlimited experience

In my time testing different AI chatbots, I saw  Google Bard catch a lot of flack for different shortcomings . While I'm not going to say they're unjustified, I will say that Google's AI chatbot, now named Gemini, has improved greatly, inside and out.

Also: How to use Gemini (formerly Google Bard): Everything you should know

Gemini is speedy with its answers, which have gotten more accurate over time. It's not faster than ChatGPT Plus, but it can be faster at giving responses than Copilot at times and faster than the free GPT-3.5 version of ChatGPT, though your mileage may vary. 

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Gemini answered accurately, like GPT-4 and Copilot's Precise conversation style.

The previous Bard used to make the same mistake as other bots on my example math problem, by incorrectly using the 5 - 3 = 2 formula, but Gemini, powered by Google's new Gemini Pro, the company's largest and latest LLM. Now, Gemini answers the question accurately.

Also: Apple's new AI model edits photos according to text prompts from users

Gemini is also not limited to a set amount of responses like Microsoft Copilot is. You can have long conversations with Google's Gemini, but Bing is limited to 30 replies in one conversation. Even ChatGPT Plus limits users to 40 messages every three hours. 

2. You want the full Google experience

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Google also incorporated more visual elements into its Gemini platform than those currently available on Copilot. Users can also use Gemini to generate images, can upload photos through an integration with Google Lens , and enjoy Kayak, OpenTable, Instacart, and Wolfram Alpha plugins.

Also: 6 AI tools to supercharge your work and everyday life

But Gemini is slowly becoming a full Google experience thanks to Extensions folding the wide range of Google applications into Gemini. Gemini users can add extensions for Google Workspace, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Flights, and Google Hotels, giving them a more personalized and extensive experience.

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ChatGPT vs. Copilot: Which AI chatbot is better for you?

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Google reportedly rebranding Bard to Gemini, adding 'Advanced' subscription service

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How ChatGPT (and other AI chatbots) can help you write an essay

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I t had been a memorable summer on the Zuckerman farm. Wilbur the pig had spent his day eating the best slops the farm had to offer. The goslings had hatched. Best of all, Charlotte the gray barn spider had made friends with him and filled his days with friendship and happiness. Charlotte and Wilbur had gotten to know each other well. Each knew what the other liked to eat, how the other thought, and what the other cared about.

So when Wilbur learned that Mr. Zuckerman planned to turn him into bacon, Charlotte went into action. It was imperative that Mr. Zuckerman understand what she knew to be the truth about Wilbur. (In fact, she needed to persuade Mr. Zuckerman of her point of view—Charlotte was nothing if not aware of her audience!)

She thought and thought, and she came up with a plan.

She wrote. Choosing her words with great care, using all the technical skill she could muster, Charlotte turned her web into a thing of meaning—a clear and powerful expression of the essential truth about her friend Wilbur.

“Some pig!”

Charlotte, the clever spider in E. B. White’s immortal classic Charlotte’s Web , was not writing because she needed to pick an interesting topic and she had to come up with something to say. She did not write a first draft to show she knew how to use a process.

Nor was Charlotte writing from a sketchy knowledge base. She had not spent 10 minutes hastily researching facts about pigs. She had spent the summer with Wilbur; she knew him well. From that deep understanding had grown a very personal connection. Wilbur was Charlotte’s friend. Charlotte’s writing saved his life.

Writing is not always about life and death, but in the end, writing is always about meaning. From the efficiently constructed grocery list, to the first-grader’s tribute to his mother on Mother’s Day, to the fourth-grade essay on how chickadees survive in the winter, to the eulogy composed for a dear friend, to the investigation of the effects of global warming on polar bears, a piece of writing has meaning for the writer—and for the reader. Such writing can only come from knowledge and understanding.

Charlotte was right. Writing matters, for all kinds of reasons. Today, in an era when people are deluged with information and ideas, the ability to make sense of them and to express that understanding in coherent writing is a critical skill.

As Charlotte knew, writing is not easy. Because it is not passive but active, not receptive but generative, it often involves hard mental work. This is precisely what makes it a powerful tool to put into the hands of students.

Looking Back: The Writing Process

Teaching students to write effectively is challenging. The National Writing Project (NWP) has contributed enormously and consistently to the effort to help teachers help students learn to write. * In the early 1970s, researchers such as Donald Graves and Janet Emig began studying the ways writers go about the task of thinking and producing polished writing. The NWP’s book Because Writing Matters further chronicles the development of the field of composition pedagogy as well as the understanding of writing as a process, not only a product. 1

This work evolved into what has become known to teachers as the writing process , an approach that has stressed the importance of stages in writing: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. †

Over the past 30-plus years, many teachers and schools have instituted various incarnations of process writing, often in the form of writing workshops.

However, more than 30 years since the writing process approach began to enter classrooms, writing is still a challenge for students, and teachers struggle to find the best ways to help them. The majority of eighth-grade students have not yet reached the proficient level, and in most states the level of proficiency in writing is low to very low. 2

In the 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in writing (the most recent year with comparable data), the national percentage of students scoring at the “proficient and above” level was virtually unchanged from the 2002 assessment. A bit of good news is that two of the three states with the highest percentage of proficient students (Connecticut and New Jersey) had a slight majority of their students scoring in the “proficient and above” range, but the national percentages showed little growth.

The need for help for teachers is clear: teaching the writing process, as we have understood it, is not enough.

What Works?

Charlotte was onto something. She knew Wilbur well before she set to work on writing in her web, and she worked hard on her web missives. From Charlotte, we learn that writing depends on knowledge, it requires careful attention to structure, and it takes time.

Interestingly, NAEP agrees. In 1998, it asked the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the National Writing Project to study a sample of classrooms where more than two-thirds of the students had strong achievement on the fourth- and eighth-grade NAEP. NAEP wanted to know what kinds of classroom assignments produced strong writers. They found that some degree of personal choice in writing matters, as does audience—both staples of “process writing.”

But they also found that other things matter, including:

  • Thinking. Students need to be given the opportunity to reflect on their knowledge, to analyze information, to synthesize. They need questions and assignments that ask them to “transform the information from the reading material in order to complete the writing assignment” 3 —in other words, to construct real meaning.
  • A framework for organizing and developing ideas. Students do not just figure out how to organize their ideas. They need assignments that show them the way—if not literally mapping it, then at least pointing in a familiar direction.
  • Frequent opportunities to write. A 2002 report on National Writing Project classrooms in five states added another significant factor that matters: time. It found that “NWP teachers spend far more time on writing instruction than most fourth-grade teachers across the country. Eighty-three percent of NWP classroom teachers ... spent more than ninety minutes per week on writing activities, compared with just 31 percent of fourth-grade teachers nationally.” 4

This does not mean that all National Writing Project classrooms produce more effective writers. 5 It does, however, indicate a correlation between how much students write and how well and thoughtfully they write.

Taken together, these reports seem to point to what components are needed to help all students write effectively. What are they?

The vital role of knowledge

First, remember that the ETS report to NAEP emphasized the value of a thoughtful question to drive student writing, with the clear message that writing is about thinking. So far, so good.

We find, however, that the “thoughtful question,” by itself, is not enough to produce effective writing. Our work has convinced us that, even with a thoughtful question, many students fail when they write. This failure occurs not because they don’t have a thoughtful question, but because they don’t have sufficient knowledge in the first place .

It seems clear, then, that it is up to teachers to provide activities and experiences that give students knowledge and help them construct meaning from that knowledge. If writing is about making meaning, then ensuring students have the raw materials—information, knowledge, understanding—is fundamentally important. Students cannot think deeply—or at all—about knowledge that they do not have.

The role of structure

Second, the ETS report also referred to the importance of scaffolding for structure for students. The implication is that students need a clear and specific sense of direction when they write, to help them understand how to put the piece of writing together.

Again, however, we find that the minimal level of scaffolding recommended in the ETS report is not sufficient when students are actively learning to write. A student cannot invent a structure she has never seen before. She cannot intuit the concept of “thesis statement” if she has never worked to develop one.

In fact, our work has shown us that structures are more than tools for organizing ideas. Forms and structures in writing are not merely techniques to be learned, they are techniques for learning. The act and process of selecting, ordering, and developing ideas pushes students to find meaning and to construct understanding as they write.

We have found that when we introduce students, from primary grades through high school, to a variety of flexible structures and give them guided practice in using them, they become able to “own” those structures in their own thinking. Those structures become a vehicle for thinking . Students are able to use them to make meaning in their own minds and on paper, meaning that is clear to both the writer and the reader.

The great caveat here with structure, of course, is this: structures are not a substitute for knowledge . Flexible structures do indeed give students a vehicle for thinking—as long as they have something of substance to think about.

“Writing for Understanding” Works

American Educator Summer 2016

Over many years of work with students of all ages and abilities, we have developed an approach that builds our findings into the writing process: writing for understanding.

Based on the idea that writing is ultimately about meaning, this approach places a premium on understanding. Students need to understand the ideas with which they are working. They also need to understand the structures and writing elements they are using. And they need all this not just for this particular writing task; they also need it for transfer, so that they can apply it to other thinking and writing tasks down the road.

Our approach has three premises. The first is backward design. We are indebted to the “understanding by design” work of Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe.6 We base our approach on the idea that teachers plan best when they plan backward for instruction, starting by identifying the understandings they want students to communicate in writing by the end of the unit, then planning backward for specific instruction, in both content knowledge and writing structures and craft, so that all students are able to produce a solid, thoughtful piece of writing at the end.

The second premise is an emphasis on understanding. In order to write effectively, students require two types of understanding. First, we have seen students struggle with writing for many reasons, but one of the most frequent and least addressed is knowledge and understanding of content: too often, students do not know what they are talking about . An essential part of backward design planning, then, involves planning for students to develop deep content knowledge.

It also includes understanding of writing craft, including structure. Our work is geared toward students being able to write not just about the ideas in a particular piece, but as a transferrable skill. It is geared toward students gaining conceptual and structural knowledge of elements of writing, standards, and genres of writing—expressive and informational/expository. We want students to internalize and increasingly “own” the concept of introduction, of transitions, of images, of all those elements it takes to write well, so later they can transfer them to new writing situations.

The third premise is direct instruction. We have all seen students benefit from direct instruction (and then lots of guided practice) in many ways: riding a bike, making a foul shot, parallel parking, being polite to siblings. Our approach incorporates direct instruction, as needed, into every aspect of an instructional unit, so that by the end, students have a piece of writing that is clearly structured, well developed, and thoughtful—and a set of skills that are on their way to being transferable.

This direct instruction includes frequent, built-in oral processing. It is true that sophisticated writers can sometimes write more effectively than they can speak. For student writers, however, we find that this is rarely true. Students cannot write what they cannot speak. This is as true for high school students as it is for first-graders.

Oral processing before writing and during writing, then, is a fundamental aspect of writing for understanding. It allows students to work out their ideas in guided conversation before they have to work with them in writing.

Effective Writing

How do we know when a piece of student writing is effective? Do we all agree on what effective student writing is?

The good news is that while there is certainly room for variety (in fact, great variety) in writing, and emphasis varies on what matters most, in our experience, there is general consensus about the basic elements that constitute effective writing:

  • Focus. Every piece of writing must have a single focus. This is true for a grocery list and a literary analysis, a letter to Aunt Martha and a doctoral thesis.
  • Organization. While structures can and do vary widely, a piece of writing must have a structure—an organizational pattern that makes sense for the focus. Typically, elements of structure include introductions, transitions, conclusions, the way ideas are chunked, and overall text structure.
  • Development of details, elaboration. A writer needs to develop and support a focus (accurately!), regardless of the structure she is using. The development will vary depending on the genre, the particular focus, the audience, the grade level of the student, and any of a number of other factors.
  • Appropriate voice and tone. These vary with the purpose of the piece, the developmental level of the child, and other circumstances. As writers grow in sophistication, they pay more and more attention to the tone of a piece. Should it sound formal? Informal? Silly? Moving? Outraged? A writer needs to know how to work with voice and tone effectively.
  • Conventions. Simply put, the conventions of standard English matter. Students need to know how to spell and how to correct spelling, and they need to know how to work with punctuation, usage, grammatically correct sentences, and the rest of the elements of standard English, as appropriate to their grade level. Any particular piece of writing needs to reflect this basic mastery of conventions.

What is unspoken in all these elements, of course, is meaning—the very purpose of the writing itself. A focus exists to direct the meaning that the writer is constructing. The structure the writer uses exists to help make that meaning clear. Details and information, ideas and images, are all present in an effective piece of writing to make meaning more accessible. Voice and tone, even conventions, are not ends in themselves—they are there in the service of meaning, first for the writer and then for the reader.

Teacher Planning for Effective Writing

The “writing for understanding” approach recognizes (like NAEP and others) that at the heart of effective writing, by any accepted definition, is the building of meaning and expression so that others can follow the writer’s thinking. As previously discussed, we know that students need to be able to incorporate certain elements into their writing for it to meet this definition.

In this approach, then, the teacher’s backward planning becomes critically important. Before sitting down to write, the student must have all the above elements in place—especially the first three. The teacher, therefore, needs to plan for instruction that will help the students gain access to each one of those elements. (For more on the planning components of such instruction, see the box on the right).

After planning and instruction, the teacher looks closely at the resulting work of students. What did they get? What did they not get? Where is the understanding strong? Where is it weak? What transferable writing tools have the students gotten from this that they’ll be able to apply more independently next time? And what transferable writing tools still need more work?

After that comes more planning. Using information gained from the first pieces of writing, the teacher plans the next unit of instruction that will include writing. Working with the idea of a gradual release of responsibility, the teacher decides where students still need very direct guidance and instruction and where they need a little less.

Ultimately, the teacher is planning so that, both now and down the road, students will show solid understanding of their subject in effective writing.

Moving toward Independence

American Educator Summer 2016

The last few years have seen a surge of interest in how to help students comprehend what they read. Recognizing that reading comprehension is, in fact, what reading actually is, teachers have searched for ways to help students become able readers. They have searched for ways to help students become readers who can navigate many kinds of text and who have the tools and strategies to make meaning out of that text, even when the text is difficult.

As those strategies are identified and broken down into skills (activating prior knowledge, finding the main idea, questioning, predicting, and the like), there is sometimes a tendency to expect students to abstract these skills very quickly. If we give students lots of practice in finding the main idea, the reasoning sometimes goes, they will be able to transfer that skill to, say, reading a primary source document like The Federalist Papers or the description of a set of symptoms for a complicated disease. If we do several exercises with predicting, we hope, students will be able to transfer this abstract skill to reading Crime and Punishment , or their science textbook, or the Consumer Reports article on the recall for their car, or a presidential candidate’s position on protecting the environment.

In fact, however, giving students fragmented “practice” in reading strategies does not help students very much. They do not become more capable readers.

Researchers have discovered that the ability to transfer knowledge to new situations—in short, to solve new problems—does not come from being a sort of generic “good thinker” or a “good problem solver.” Rather, it appears to grow from a deep familiarity with a particular body of knowledge. ‡ Only when people have that deep knowledge base are they able to form general principles and concepts, which they can then transfer to new situations and new demands. 7

In the world of reading instruction, this understanding about learning means that students are far more likely to become capable, strategic readers if they are learning reading strategies while in the process of acquiring deep content knowledge . The National Reading Panel states that “when the strategy instruction is fully embedded in in-depth learning of content, the strategies are learned to a high level of competence.” 8 In other words, students use reading strategies to build specific content, or domain, knowledge and understanding. When they have many successful experiences with these strategies, they are far more likely to abstract those strategies and apply them independently to new situations.

Building on this insight, the 2004 Reading Next report states that, if we are serious about helping our struggling adolescent readers with reading comprehension, one of the essential components of the curriculum is that instructional reading strategies be embedded in content-area instruction. 9

We have found that the need to teach skills by embedding the learning in the deep consideration of content is just as true for writing as for reading , perhaps even more so. Students will not learn to write by being taught abstracted elements like “details” or “voice.” Even if instruction is broken down into smaller components (“introduction” or “transitions” or “show, not tell” craft lessons), students cannot and will not become effective writers if this kind of instruction occurs in a fragmented or decontextualized way. Writing absolutely needs these and other skills, but it is much more than a set of separate skills.

Just as students will not learn to read capably across a wide range of texts and in a wide range of situations if they are given only abstracted skill lessons without deep, coherent content consideration, they will not learn to write thoughtfully if they are taught only discrete, abstracted skills in the absence of deep, coherent content knowledge. In our experience, students need to be helped, over and over again, to experience what it is to write thoughtfully, clearly, and with solid understanding.

Just how much is “over and over again”? How much practice do students really need, and what kind?

There is no easy answer to this, of course. Perhaps the best way to think of it is in terms of other skills that take practice. A basketball player does not expect to dribble expertly or make great layups on the basis of a few gym classes or sessions on the neighborhood playground. A piano player does not expect to be able to play Mozart’s “Minuet in G” or a Scott Joplin rag after a few runs through the sheet music. A parent does not want his son or daughter getting behind the wheel of a car after a single highway experience. Developing competence in any of these fields requires much practice.

Further, the practice is not limited to a series of drills or skills sessions, though it surely includes that. Rather, the young basketball player has many experiences with whole games, with another team opposing his, and with the opportunity—in fact the necessity—to think on his feet, to monitor what he is doing, and to adjust as he goes. He is building meaning of the game. The piano player, even at the most basic level, does not just play scales or finger exercises, though those surely matter. Instead, he plays whole pieces frequently—first with one hand, then with two, then with chords—building meaning of the music. In each case, the learner is putting discrete skills to work flexibly, as needed, to build meaning.

Writing for understanding is built on these principles. Knowing what they want students to be able to do in the end—produce writing that makes sense and conveys meaning to both writer and reader—teachers plan backward so that students have plenty of knowledge and guidance and practice in getting there, including plenty of opportunity to write whole pieces that make sense . Their instruction takes into account the need for all students to understand what they are writing about and to have tools of written expression to demonstrate and develop that understanding.

E. B. White ends Charlotte’s Web with this reflection on Charlotte through the eyes of her good friend, Wilbur—the pig whose life was saved by her writing.

“Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. ... She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.”

Indeed. Like Wilbur, we are lucky to be still learning from this remarkable spider!

Founded by public school teachers Eloise Ginty, Joanna Hawkins, Karen Kurzman, Diana Leddy, and Jane Miller, the Vermont Writing Collaborative is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping all students become powerful thinkers, readers, and writers. This article is adapted from their book Writing for Understanding: Using Backward Design to Help All Students Write Effectively (Vermont Writing Collaborative, 2008).

*The National Writing Project focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all students.
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† For more on the challenge of helping students write, see “ Writing about Writing ” in the Summer 2014 issue of American Educator . ( back to the article )

‡ For more on why reading comprehension depends largely on knowledge, see the Spring 2006 issue of American Educator . ( back to the article )

1. National Writing Project and Carl Nagin, Because Writing Matters: Improving Student Writing in Our Schools , rev. ed. (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006).

2. Patricia L. Donahue, Mary C. Daane, and Ying Jin, The Nation’s Report Card: Reading 2003 (Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics, 2005); and Hilary R. Persky, Mary C. Daane, and Ying Jin, The Nation’s Report Card: Writing 2002 (Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics, 2003).

3. National Writing Project and Nagin, Because Writing Matters , 47.

4. National Writing Project and Nagin, Because Writing Matters , 49.

5. Steve Graham and Dolores Perin, Writing Next: Effective Strategies of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools; A Report to Carnegie Corporation of New York (Washington, DC: Alliance for Excellent Education, 2007), 20.

6. See Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, Understanding by Design , 2nd ed. (Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2005).

7. John D. Bransford, Ann L. Brown, and Rodney R. Cocking, How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School , exp. ed. (Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2000).

8. Catherine E. Snow, Reading for Understanding: Toward an R&D Program in Reading Comprehension (Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2002), 39.

9. Gina Biancarosa and Catherine E. Snow, Reading Next: A Vision for Action and Research in Middle and High School Literacy; A Report to Carnegie Corporation of New York (Washington, DC: Alliance for Excellent Education, 2004).

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Lizette Cervantes , Staff Writer December 2, 2021

Writing is a powerful tool that people take advantage of. Writing helps clear people’s minds. Another thing is, writing is an essential job skill. The primary reason for writing anything is to communicate with others. Writing helps people with a lot of things like, helps people reflect on their experiences and learn from them. Also, writing improves people’s memory, builds vocabulary and refines communication skills. 

Sumerians first invented writing as a means of long-distance communication . Humans invented writing in Mesopotamia sometime between 3400 BCE and 3300 BCE. Cuneiform is an ancient writing system and it was first developed by the ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia.

Writing can be very relaxing, especially if people lead a busy and stressful life. Writing eliminates stress. Writing down what’s on people’s minds is a meaningful and effective way to process human feelings. Life is complicated and people are complicated. The more people write, the closer people get to the core feeling at work that’s preventing a person from knowing what people really want in life or knowing what’s holding him back. 

Writing can save people records of their development. People can refer back to it and remind themselves of previous insights that have helped them in difficult situations. Writing also helps them take action. There is something about writing thoughts down, not just living with them in people’s heads that solidified them, they stare up at them in front of the page and demand action because people put them in them in the open. 

People should consider writing everyday. It eliminates stress, is an effective way to process human feelings, and it also improves people’s memory, builds vocabulary and refine communication skills.

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OpenAI , the creator of Chat GPT , has unveiled Sora , the latest upgrade in generative artificial intelligence . It's a tool that makes short videos from prompts written by users.

The San Francisco-based company announced the news on Thursday and showed videos created by the new text-to-video generator on their website .

"We’re teaching AI to understand and simulate the physical world in motion with the goal of training models that help people solve problems that require real-world interaction," states OpenAI's website.

Footage of California during the gold rush, tiny pandas running around a petri dish and a gnome creating patterns in the zen garden of his snow globe enclosure are just some of the examples of what Sora , OpenAI's video creation tool, can make.

"We’re sharing our research progress early to start working with and getting feedback from people outside of OpenAI and to give the public a sense of what AI capabilities are on the horizon," states OpenAI on its website.

In an announcement tweeted by Sam Altman, OpenAI's CEO, he said a limited number of people will be able to use the new program right now. It's not publicly available just yet.

"We are starting red-teaming and offering access to a limited number of creators," said Altman in the post.

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YouTube star puts Sora, new OpenAI tool, to the test

YouTube's biggest star, Jimmy Donaldson, AKA, MrBeast , replied to Altman's post the two engaged in some playful banter about the new tool.

To that, Altman said he'd make the YouTuber a video. He just needed to give Altman a prompt.

Donaldson asked for a video of a "monkey playing chess in a park," and Altman delivered .

How do I use Sora?

According to the announcement posted to OpenAI's website, Sora is going to be similar to OpenAI's text-to-image generator. Users just need to type out a prompt, and the program will give them a video of what they requested.

However, it can only be accessed by red teamers who will assess "critical areas for harms or risks" for the company and "a number of visual artists, designers, and filmmakers to gain feedback on how to advance the model to be most helpful for creative professionals."

It isn't available to the public, and there is no word on when the layman will be able to use it.

What can Sora do?

The program uses its "deep understanding of language" to interpret prompts and then create videos with "complex scenes" that are up to a minute long, with multiple characters and camera shots, as well as specific types of motion and accurate details.

The examples OpenAI gives range from animated a monster and kangaroo to realistic videos of people, like a woman walking down a street in Tokyo or a cinematic movie trailer of a spaceman on a salt desert.

Embedded content: https://cdn.openai.com/sora/videos/monster-with-melting-candle.mp4

"Animated scene features a close-up of a short fluffy monster kneeling beside a melting red candle," in the first sentence of the prompt that created the 3D video above.

According to OpenAI, the videos displayed on its announcement page were all created by Sora.

Challenges that Sora faces

OpenAI states the program may struggle with the following:

  • Accurately simulating the physics of a complex scene
  • Understanding instances of cause and effect. An example it gives is someone might bite into a cookie, but the cookie doesn't have a bite mark after.
  • Confusing spatial details of a prompt, like mixing up left and right.
  • Precise descriptions of events over time.

Embedded content: https://cdn.openai.com/sora/videos/grandma-birthday.mp4

One of the examples of what can go wrong is a video of a grandma blowing candles out on her birthday. But as she blows them out, the candles don't extinguish.

Prompt given for the video :

A grandmother with neatly combed grey hair stands behind a colorful birthday cake with numerous candles at a wood dining room table, expression is one of pure joy and happiness, with a happy glow in her eye. She leans forward and blows out the candles with a gentle puff, the cake has pink frosting and sprinkles and the candles cease to flicker, the grandmother wears a light blue blouse adorned with floral patterns, several happy friends and family sitting at the table can be seen celebrating, out of focus. The scene is beautifully captured, cinematic, showing a 3/4 view of the grandmother and the dining room. Warm color tones and soft lighting enhance the mood.

What's wrong with it? Well, according to OpenAI, "simulating complex interactions between objects and multiple characters is often challenging for the model, sometimes resulting in humorous generations."

Ethical and societal implications of AI

Folks have been bringing up the ethics behind AI since the program became popular. Situations involving high-ranking officials, like when AI mimicked the president in phone calls and encouraged people not to vote, have already happened.

But OpenAI says they're working on taking safety steps before Sora becomes available to the public.

“We are working with red teamers  —  domain experts in areas like misinformation, hateful content, and bias  —  who will be adversarially testing the model,” the company said in its statement. “We’re also building tools to help detect misleading content, such as a detection classifier that can tell when a video was generated by Sora.”

It says it's creating new techniques while also making sure existing safety precautions that already apply to its other program, DALL·E 3, are applicable to Sora.

For example, "our text classifier will check and reject text input prompts that are in violation of our usage policies, like those that request extreme violence, sexual content, hateful imagery, celebrity likeness or the IP of others," states the company. "We’ve also developed robust image classifiers that are used to review the frames of every video generated to help ensure that it adheres to our usage policies, before it’s shown to the user."

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  • Living by what you truly care about won’t always be easy, but it can bring you more fulfillment and meaning.

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What do you genuinely care about? It’s a deceptively simple question, but one we often neglect answering for ourselves. As a result, we tend to focus our efforts and energies on tasks that don’t truly align with what we want out of life. We act according to our short-term needs (while maybe even sabotaging our long-term goals), or we follow other people’s expectations, not really questioning whether they are in our own best interest. We might focus on what we “should” be doing, going from chore to chore, making us feel like we’re trapped in an endlessly looping hamster wheel.

Living by our values provides an alternative. Rather than mindlessly trying to live up to other people’s standards, values work asks us to take responsibility for our own life journey. When we choose what’s important in life, we create a deeply personal metric for success.

Do we care about putting love into the world? About appreciating and protecting nature? About creating beauty? The best of our cultural, familial, and wisdom traditions can guide us, but ultimately the truly heartfelt choices are ours to make “naked and in the wind.”

By making such choices, we are more likely not only to engage life with motivation and follow through but also to bring more attention , care, and energy to the journeys that uplift us. Values help us build socially positive emotions, like gratitude and appreciation, and the feeling that we are making a meaningful difference in other people’s lives. And a simple exercise has shown to be particularly effective in distilling what those values might be.

Research has shown that writing about your values has a significant impact on your actions as well as on your mental well-being—more than just simply picking values from a list or stating them in a few words. By writing about them, you are less likely to react defensively or to let values become formulaic. You are more likely to become more receptive to information that suggests how you can make effective changes in your life.

If that sounds preachy, please remove any sense of “should” from it. You don’t need a wagging finger from me any more than you need one from anyone else, including yourself. I’m advocating values work because science, the best of our cultural traditions, and our own life experiences show that when values choices are made from the whole of us, and from a psychologically open and aware posture, our lives improve. It’s just the way we are wired.

A Simple Exercise to Discover Your Purpose and Meaning

In a moment, I will ask you to write about your values. Before I do, however, please take a sheet of paper and write down the following life areas:

  • Intimate Relationships
  • Environment
  • Spirituality
  • Physical Well-Being

Next, I want you to rate each of those life areas on a scale of 1 (= not important) to 10 (= highly important). Keep in mind, this is not about how important they might be to others, but how important they are to you personally right now. There are no right or wrong answers here; only you decide.

Did you do it? Great! Then rate each of these areas on a scale of 1 to 10 once again, but this time in terms of how consistent your actions with your values have been in each of the areas. For instance, a “3” in Physical Well-Being might indicate that you eat a lot of junk food and rarely exercise, whereas an “8” in Family might show that you put in a lot of effort for your children.

After you rated each of the areas a second time, take a look at your answers. Particularly interesting are the areas with a high importance (a score between 8 and 10) and relatively low consistency scores (6 or less). These are clear problem areas, and I suggest doing your initial values work with any one of them.

So here comes your actual task: Take another sheet of paper, choose a life domain, and then write for 10 minutes about your deepest values in this area. Really do it—10 minutes is not very long! As you do so, please consider the following questions:

  • What do you care about in this area?
  • What do you want to do in this area that intrinsically reflects your caring?
  • When in your life has this value been important?
  • Who are the heroes in your life to manifest such values, and what do they mean to you?
  • What have you seen in your life when others pursue this value, or not?
  • When have you violated this value, and has that been costly?
  • What might you do to manifest this value more in your life?

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Try to focus your writing on the qualities of your life as you want to live it—qualities you hold as being of intrinsic importance to what you do.

If it starts to feel like you are writing a wish list about what you want from life or others, redirect your writing by describing the qualities of actions you want to manifest. If you cannot think of anything else, just continue writing whatever shows up in your head (even if you write the same thing over and over again), until something new shows up.

Don’t continue reading until you’ve written for at least 10 minutes. Trust me on this. Just do it.

OK, now read what you wrote and see if you can distill a few examples of what you want to do in your chosen area. I’m talking about actual behavior. Can you name at least three actions that would bring you in closer alignment with what you care about in this life area?

Next, look for mentions of the qualities you want to manifest in your actions and see if you can note those qualities. You might want to do things lovingly, carefully, creatively, curiously, compassionately, respectfully, openly, joyously, industriously, healthfully, adventurously, thoughtfully, justly, supportively, learnedly, peacefully, humorously, simply, honestly, spiritually, fairly, charitably, traditionally, dependably, and so on and so forth.

As you read what you’ve written, write down the qualities that most stand out for you. It might just be one, or it might be several. If multiple qualities show up, see if you can capture their core in three or four words. These are verbal signposts for values choices, and you want to make a note of them.

Values only really matter when you embody them and allow them to guide your actions. How do you want to show up during an upcoming family event? At a work presentation? During your children’s school play? Or while you’re walking your dog? Humbly allow values to be your guide. Living by what you truly care about won’t always be easy, but in combination with learning how to be more open and aware, a values-based life will bring you more fulfillment, meaning, and a deeper sense that you are living a life well lived.

Lejeune, Jenna & Luoma, Jason. (2021). Values in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy . 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780197550076.013.12.

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I n today’s near-constant news cycle on Gaza, Palestinians seem to die at the hands of an invisible executioner. Palestinians are shot dead. Palestinians starve . Palestinian children are found dead . But where is there accountability? Palestinians die, they aren’t killed , as if their death is a fault of their own. 

The obfuscation of responsibility is facilitated by a structure often overlooked since grade school: grammar. At this moment, grammar has the indelible power to become a tool of the oppressor, with the passive voice the most relied-upon weapon of all.

When I was young, teachers scolded me for using the passive voice—they wanted my writing to be precise and direct. Instead, my sentences always seemed to protect those who performed the actions. Back then, the fact that my sentence structure obscured accountability didn’t bother me. But I know better now. As a Palestinian American, with refugee grandparents who survived the Nakba, I’m confronting the occupation back home from the safety of my apartment in America. Over the years,  I’ve combed through headlines searching for the active voice in a sea of passivity. I need those who commit actions, those who hold agency, to be named. I need Israel and its occupational forces to be named.  

The passive voice often focused on the recipient of the event, not the doer. In the news today, I see only the passive voice: “ A group of Palestinian men waving a white flag are shot at ,” and I can’t help but hear the voices of my past English teachers ask, “But who ‘shot’ these men?” Accountability is not just vague; it’s altogether missing.

Mohammad Shouman carries the body of his daughter, Masa, who was killed in an Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip, during her funeral in Rafah, southern Gaza, on Jan. 17.

I learned most acutely about the power of language to silence and erase in graduate school while auditing an undergraduate course on Israel. In a class of 25 people, I was one of two Palestinians. The rest of the class consisted of students who either self-identified as proud Zionists or Zionists who felt confused.

The professor, a Jewish Israeli, reminded me of my grandfather with his bushy eyebrows and thick accent—a soothing familiarity at first.

But that familiarity didn’t last. By the end of the first month, the class was split on the definition of “ethnic cleansing”—not only how to define it but who, in terms of the subject doing the action, can be charged with this human rights violation. 

The professor called our attention to his use of the term “ethnic cleansing” in his own writing. He wrote that around 750,000 Palestinians were displaced in 1948, an act that today would be considered ethnic cleansing. At first read, this statement seemed bold—he may not have named the Nakba , but his writing gestured toward violence. Even so, his examination felt sanitized. Palestinians “were displaced,” he wrote. But there was no mention of who did the displacing.

After reading part of the article out loud, a girl who had been fidgeting in her seat said it couldn’t be. 

“What couldn’t be?” my professor asked. 

“Ethnic cleansing. Because it’s what happened in the Holocaust, so we can’t be charged with this,” she replied. Another student cut in. He qualified by referring to himself as a critic of Israel. “There’s a distinction between occupation and ethnic cleansing,” he announced. “It’s an issue of structural power and systematic violence—what happened in 1948 was not ethnic cleansing.”

“By whom?” I finally asked, interrupting the flow of conversation.

“By whom, what?” the professor said.

“Who displaced 750,000 Palestinians?” Silence.

Palestinians leave their Jerusalem neighborhood during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

A boy behind me got the last word. “ Intent is what makes it ethnic cleansing,” he said. “It doesn’t sound like this was intentional. It might look like it, but it’s different.” The professor nodded, mumbling, “intent” to himself. 

In a 2023 interview with Palestinian scholar Rashid Khalidi published in The Intercept , Khalidi shared that although Israel’s recent military assault on Gaza may seem unprecedented it, unfortunately, aligns with Israel’s long-standing doctrine rooted in colonial, British counterinsurgency strategies. Khalidi said that this doctrine is characterized by an “absolute merciless attack on the enemy, delivering crushing blows.”

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“This is how Britain ruled the world,” Khalidi went on to explain. “It was an empire of violence. And that strategy of overwhelming violence, when challenged, has been Israel’s strategy ever since.” This history of violence can easily be traced back to the foundation of the Zionist movement. The first Israeli prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, wrote to his son in 1937: “The Arabs will have to go, but one needs an opportune moment for making it happen, such as a war.” 

I saw intent in these words, but others in my class did not. So I kept searching, looking through the archive to help me piece together what parts of history I was missing. I found Joseph Weitz, director of the Jewish National Fund’s Lands Department, who wrote that there was no solution other than to transfer all Arabs from Palestine—who were the overwhelming majority in the region—into neighboring countries so that no Palestinian villages would remain. But when I shared these findings in class, they were brushed aside. “This isn’t intent,” a student said. “You can’t prove intent with a few peoples’ letters and actions.”

By the second month of class, I spent most of my time picking at my cuticles, fiddling with them until they drew blood, as students argued over when the words “Palestine” and “Palestinian” came into existence. Finally, the professor changed the subject, unable to convince some in class that “Palestine” was a place before Israel’s existence. He went on to discuss how Zionism could be considered a colonial project. A student behind me interrupted the lecture and said, “It’s not like they were coming in like other imperial powers and raping and killing immediately.”

My hand with its bloody cuticles shot up, eager to call out the absurdity of the comment. But my professor had started calling on me less and less, avoiding eye contact when possible and acknowledging me only in nods. My consistent stream of comments and questions perhaps disturbed the delicate balance of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that he so cautiously wanted to maintain. He had become passive; I had been forced into passivity in turn. 

Anti-war protesters raise painted hands behind U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on President Biden's $106 billion national security supplemental funding request to support Israel and Ukraine, as well as bolster border security, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., on Oct. 31, 2023.

“Who started it first?” another student asked in my row, ignoring my raised hand. 

“Which time did ‘who start what?’” The professor asked. 

“In 1947,” she said, “if Zionism really is a ‘colonial project,’ who started it first?” 

“In 1947, the Arabs were upset by the U.N. partition lines. There were Palestinian uprisings,” he said. 

“They retaliated,” I interjected, angry again at the empty spaces left in the professor’s response—as if Zionism and its goals had no role in why there were Palestinian uprisings. In a 2002 report completed by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), researchers found that during the Second Intifada the word “retaliation” was used 79% of the time to describe Israeli violence against Palestinians in American news outlets. Meanwhile, Palestinian violence was characterized as “retaliation” only 9% of the time. Palestinians “attacked” or “threw rocks” or, at best, there were Palestinian “uprisings” that seemed to spring from the ground without any explanation of the pressure that premeditated why the surface cracked in the first place. 

“Retaliation” suggests a need to defend oneself because safety is on the line. “Retaliation” empowers some in their violence while reprimanding others.

I wanted to say all this, but the professor put his palm in the air, a visible stop sign in my direction, and asked me to raise my hand if I wanted to engage. So I continued to raise my hand, which remained raised until the end of class. And I wondered, if there were a stone nearby, would I have thrown it?

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After class, the professor pulled me aside and told me, “As an auditor, it’s best you don’t participate. I sympathize with the Palestinians, but it’s necessary you don’t add to the discussion.” He followed up this conversation with an email, reaffirming his desire for me to remain silent. Perhaps he didn’t intend to silence me, one of two Palestinians in the course. Perhaps he intended only to follow university policy, a policy I later learned was up to the discretion of each professor. Perhaps intent didn’t imply here at all, just as it couldn’t be applied to those who ethnically cleansed Palestinians during the Nakba. 

While writing tedious essays in high school, I didn’t care that I used the passive voice. I didn’t care because our writing assignments were often divorced from broader socio-political contexts. The violence of protecting those accountable versus those left bearing the burden of the violence didn’t yet touch me or my body. A privilege, I know. The calculated use of language against Palestinians didn’t yet anger me, either, even though blatant anti-Arab racism happened in front of me with growing frequency after 9/11. It felt as though this version of racism was acceptable, even expected.

I learned history as if its problems were a thing of the past. This was purposeful. History preserved in textbooks relies on meticulous and insidious language to shape narratives. In the same month I sat in class and listened to students negotiate accountability and qualify their feelings toward ethnic cleansing, a seven-year-old Palestinian boy, Rayan, died in the West Bank. Did he die or was he killed? It depends on which headline you read—some headlines stated that he was simply “mourned” by his community.

Israeli flags flutter in Gaza amid the ongoing conflict on Jan. 12.

As I searched for accountability for Rayan, I heard my teachers’ voices echo from the past: “Who did the action?” Paramedics say he had a heart attack though pediatric specialist, Dr. Mohamed Ismail, claimed Rayan had no previous medical conditions that would point to an early cardiac arrest. “The most probable scenario of what happened is that under stress, he had excess adrenaline secretion, which caused the increase of his heartbeat, ” Ismail said. 

We do know this: right before he died, Israeli occupation forces chased the boys home, banged on their door, and threatened to come back at night and arrest the boys, ages 7, 8, and 10. When Rayan saw the soldiers at his door, he tried to run away but, instead, dropped dead. Times of Israel published the headline , “Palestinian boy, 7, dies in disputed circumstances amid IDF activity near Bethlehem.”

“What are the disputed circumstances?” I hear my English teachers press on in my mind.  

There were rocks. No, stones. They say stones. They were being thrown. 

“Who did the action? Who started it?” 

One of Rayan’s older brothers threw a stone at a soldier. 

In the active voice, “A seven-year-old Palestinian boy’s heart killed him” is how the headlines could have read. 

“The heart is not to blame,” I hear my teachers say. 

What does it matter when language can minimize suffering at its best and erase it altogether at its worst?

As my graduate studies progressed, professors repeatedly told me that no one’s hands were clean in this “complicated” history. They felt my writing and my questions were too exacting in ways that perhaps made them uncomfortable. “This history is full of gray areas,” they’d say. They wanted my writing to be vague, passive. They wanted my writing to speak to the “complicated” nature of this conflict—but Palestine has never been that complicated to me. 

The word “complicated” is often used to describe the occupation in Palestine, a word that insists that occupation is untouchable—Palestine’s history is too complex, there are too many moving parts, it’s a puzzle that can never be solved. But this word is condescending—a distraction. It wants us to feel small, worthless, and petty in our investigation. It demands power structures remain in place, allowing some to speak while requiring others to stay quiet. But what’s happening today in Palestine against the Palestinian people is not complicated. It’s a revolting violation of human rights. It is active and precise. Palestinians are killed or, if they’re lucky, violently evicted from their homes. The question— by whom? —is often never raised. Palestinian schools, hospitals, community centers, historic holy spaces, safe zones are bombed; their resources depleted; people are starving—as if all of this happened devoid of context or responsibility for those who hold power.

So let me amend the above statements, as my former English teachers would have requested, and put them into the active voice: Israel bombs Palestinian schools that house sacred archives. Israel bombs hospitals with necessary aid. Israel bombs community centers and historic holy spaces that have stood for centuries. Israel depletes Palestinian resources. Israel bombs Rafah , housing over 1 million displaced Palestinians, after claiming it a safe zone. Israel is starving Gaza.

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