It’s always a great time to become a better writer—and never more so than right now. Thanks to a generous assortment of free apps, sites, and tools, we wordsmiths have a modern-day treasure trove of resources at our fingertips.
From grammar help to writing prompts to full-blown office suites, these no-cost tools can work wonders to improve your skills.
If you find yourself second-guessing every sentence you string together, you might want to lean on Ginger for help. Powered by artificial intelligence, the service deftly spotlights misspellings and grammar gaffes, and can suggest fancier phrasing and smoother synonyms for all of your writing endeavors.
It’s available as a web browser extension and a Microsoft Word add-in, and there are desktop and mobile versions as well. The free version offers limited corrections and suggestions, but should be good enough for light to moderate use. Check out grammar checking’s 800-pound gorilla, Grammarly, as well if you haven’t already.
The free Hemingway Editor was developed to help writers improve by way of a “readability” score, which shows how difficult a piece of text is to read.