The Most Reliable Apps Every Freelance Writer Should Have

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The person who says writing is always an easy thing to do is probably not a writer. Depending on what it is about and who it is for, getting a writing project done can either be very easy or crazy tough.

There are days when words flow endlessly like a stream and you don’t know which to pause between your overly active brain or your typing fingers. But then there are days when words seem to play hide and seek with you. You try to keep typing, but nothing seems to make sense. So you type some words, then hit backspace, type again, and backspace again.

For freelance writers, every word is as essential as every second on the clock. You have blank docs to fill, pressing deadline to meet, and a super excited client who can’t wait to see your work.

How do you keep your motivation, productivity, and, well, your sanity intact whenever you’re working on a writing project? Get the most reliable apps for freelance writers.

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We have a rundown of the apps you can download (in case you haven’t yet) so you can get on top of all your freelance writing tasks. Pick the ones according to your specific needs.

Writing apps

ZenPen

What’s in this writing zone? Just your words. You will only see the formatting options when you highlight a word. Here’s a minimalist app to try if you want to feel as if you’re writing on a piece of blank paper.

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ZenWriter

This text editor for Windows also dismisses distraction and lets you focus on letting your words flow. You can customize the music and the app’s background according to what will put you in the zone.

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Editing apps

Grammarly

Save time spotting grammar and spelling errors with this app. It makes your writing easy to read, too. Upgrading to premium unlocks features like checking for plagiarism, specialty checking, vocabulary enhancement, and professional proofreading.

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Hemingway App

Want to get rid of writing long, hard to read sentences? The Hemingway App shows you your text’s readability score and the sentences you need to improve. To make your article clearer, the app highlights hard to read sentences, words that have simpler alternatives, adverbs, and phrases in the passive voice. This saves you time spotting complex sentences and common errors so you can edit your work faster.

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Headline analyzer

CoSchedule Headline Analyzer

Awesome headlines draw clicks. This app from CoSchedule analyzes your headline structure, grammar, and readability. It makes it easier for you to optimize your headline with the tips shown in the results.

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Apps for blocking distracting websites

Focus

It’s a Mac app, which you can download for a free trial or purchase with a 30-day money back guarantee. You can block distracting websites on all browsers at your chosen times, and every time you do, you get a motivational quote.

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StayFocusd

If you can’t last a day without opening Facebook, this Google Chrome extension app will still let you do so BUT for a restricted time only. You’ll be the one to set the time restriction on the sites you choose to block, and they will be inaccessible once you’ve used up your time.

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Apps for blocking bothersome noise

Focus@will

Reduce the noise you hear and listen to optimized music that lets you focus on what you’re doing. There are 50 channels of exclusive remixes to choose from.

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Coffitivity

If you’re the type who gets more productive with the murmurs that you hear in a cafe, then this app is the perfect choice for you.

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App to keep notes

Evernote

The app that lets you “remember everything”. If you’re the forgetful type, use Evernote to save blog ideas that just popped into your head. Save images, handwritten notes, reminders, which you can all access in different devices.

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Time tracking app

Freelancer Desktop App

Track every minute you’re working on a writing project to ensure that you get paid for your hard work. This app tracks your time for you so you can focus on your tasks and deliver the project on time.

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Be armed with these reliable apps and start looking for more writing jobs on Freelancer.

Dikirim 7 Oktober, 2016

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Junior Product Marketing Manager at Freelancer. Outside of work, I'm into wedding coordination, entrepreneurship, beach trips, badminton, reading novels, and binge-watching TV series on Netflix.

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