Apps for Writing and Blogging

Have you ever tried engaging students in the process of essay writing or touted the benefits of reflexive blogging to a colleague only to be told, ‘I hate writing‘ or ‘I don’t have time for that‘? If you’re someone, like me, who loves to write then it can be hard to resist the logical response – ‘writing makes you a better person‘ – which I only recommend if you looking to fast track your unpopularity. If you’re looking for an alternative strategy, then try getting your students to road test a variety apps for writing and related tasks. Since everyone love apps (apparently), try using them as a covert introduction to teaching them the various skills that good writers require. Whether its brainstorming, journaling, researching, note-taking, pre-writing, concept-mapping, referencing, gramma, vocabulary, editing, proofing, digital publishing or managing and storing your documents, there’s an app designed to help you to manage, complete and perfect every step of the process.

Here’s an app bundle I have curated for my students and colleagues. It features tools that will help you turn thought into thesis, reckoning into rhetoric, perspective into prose and comment into critique. And there’s lots more these apps can do, which doesn’t need to be alliterated.  All apps and services listed below are free to use or offer free versions with some user restrictions.

If you like this post then you should check out the other posts in this series of resource roundups I’ve put together for my students and colleagues: Apps for Presentations, Apps for Creativity, Apps for Content Curation and Essential Apps for Students.

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Dropbox

Dropbox is a cloud storage solution that works the way you do. Get to all your files from anywhere, on any device, and share them with anyone.

Google Docs

Create and edit web-based documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Store documents online and access them from any computer. Get stuff done with or without an internet connection. Use Docs to edit Word files.

Dictionary.com

The world's most popular dictionary and thesaurus with definitions, synonyms, antonyms, idioms, word origins, quotes, audio pronunciations, example sentences and Word of the Day! Look up the meaning of words, slang, phrases, idioms, and abbreviations in our free English Dictionary. This app works offline so you do not need an internet connection.

WordPress

Wordpress helps you create a free website or easily build a blog on WordPress.com. Hundreds of free, customizable, mobile-ready designs and themes. Free hosting and support.

Talktyper

Free speech to text dictation software in a browser.

PaperRater

Grammar, Plagiarism, and Spelling Check; Free Online Proofreading; No Downloads...Allows you to find those pesky mistakes and correct them before your teacher does...

FlipSnack

FlipSnack is everything you need to easily publish captivating online magazines, transforming your pdfs into online flipbooks. It works and looks great across all digital platforms, engaging your customers with interactive experiences and making it easy to sell directly from the pages of your digital publication.

Blurb

Create and self-publish books, magazines & ebooks.

Penultimate

The best digital handwriting on iPad. Penultimate combines distraction-free, natural handwriting and sketching with the power of Evernote’s sync and search. Take class or meeting notes, journal your thoughts, or outline your next big idea—in the office or on the go. From the first stroke, Penultimate makes the experience of pen and paper more productive.

Power Thesaurus

Power Thesaurus is a free, fast, comprehensive and easy-to-follow online thesaurus dictionary for writers.

Journey

Capture life moments, from everyday thoughts to useful travel logs, Journey helps you to rediscover the joy of journal writing through the warmth and humanity of the interface. Journey presents your life beautifully in calendar, photo and atlas view, allowing you to revisit the greatest moments of your journey anytime, anywhere.

Tumblr

Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website that allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog.

OneNote

Capture your thoughts and discoveries, with OneNote, your very own digital notebook. Use OneNote to write, draw, clip, scan, share and publish your ideas anywhere and from any devise.Get things done with your friends, family, classmates and colleagues. Share your notebooks with others for viewing or editing.

Word Dynamo

Word Dynamo combines addicting games with Dictionary.com’s entire word library empowering students to master their vocabulary. With different game types including audio, flashcards, and definition matching, Word Dynamo creates a personalized learning experience suitable for students of all grade levels.

CiteThisForMe

Automatically reference everything correctly with CiteThisForMe. Save your work forever, build multiple bibliographies, run plagiarism checks, and much more.

Evernote

Bring your life's work together in one digital workspace. Evernote is the place to collect inspirational ideas, write meaningful words, and move your important projects forward.

PlagiarismCheck

A plagiarism check will determine if content from your paper appears in other online sites and books and provide promptly generated plagiarism reports. All standard file formats accepted.

Gingko

Create tree documents for clarity focus and flow when writing large documents like your book, novel, screenplay, thesis or research paper. Or use it to organise ideas for your blog, a creative project, personal todos or your development workflow or study notes.

ProWriting Aid

The Essential Editing Tool for Writers. Do you want to edit faster and more efficiently? Join over 300,000 writers who use ProWritingAid to strengthen their writing and get published. Try it for free today.

Unplag

Online plagiarism checker Unplag scans across Web, repositories, open content sources and institution databases. Helps to detect similarities in files against the Internet and against multiple files, which you upload. In this way this tool can enhance the writing skills of your students. Checks your citations, if they're made in the right way (according to existing standards), you can omit it from plagiarism report

Grammarly

Instant grammar checker, pagiarism checker - online proofreader. Check your grammar right from your browser or Microsoft Office. Improve your writing in emails, documents, social media posts, messages, and more.

Medium

Medium is a place to read, write, and interact with the stories that matter most to you. Medium is an easy-to-use blog publishing platform. It’s great for people who want to quickly publish content without having to think about information display.

Google Drive

Get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup for your photos, videos, files and more with Google Drive.

Hanx Writer

No longer must you surrender modern luxuries, like the DELETE key, to enjoy the look, feel, and sound of good, old-fashioned word-processing. Each document crafted in Hanx Writer can be emailed, printed, and shared and has its own unique statement-making personality.

Blogo

Blogo is a desktop blogging app for Mac and makes it easy to write, publish and manage multiple blogs. Edit images, manage comments, work in offline mode or connected to WordPress & Evernote.

Headline Analyzer

Use this free headline analyzer to write awesome headlines for blog posts and email subject lines that drive social shares, traffic, and SEO value.

MOOD

MOOD instantly personalizes everything you want to say. With MOOD you style your texts as you write them, with a huge number of filters, fonts, illustrations, backgrounds making them creative and original.

Paper 53

When inspiration happens, put it on Paper. Paper is the best way to capture and connect your notes, photos, and sketches. Create checklists, spotlight details in photos, and sketch diagrams with unbeatable speed and ease — Paper is like a wall of sticky notes for everything that inspires you.

Quackit

Use this HTML editor to create HTML pages for your website. The editor generates the HTML code for a full web page, but you can always remove any unneeded code as required.

Blogger

Free weblog publishing tool from Google, for sharing text, photos and video. Free templates/ themes and gadgets/ widgets included.

Issuu

ISSUU is a digital publishing platform and features 1000s of quality magazines and books which can be read online for free.

Atavist

The Atavist platform lets anyone create rich, layered, multimedia stories and publications for the web and mobile. We built this easy-to-use, cloud-based publishing software to power The Atavist Magazine, our own award-winning publishing venture. Now Atavist is home to tens of thousands of publishers, brands, non-profits, writers, and storytellers of all stripes who want to create beautifully designed, innovative stories.

Focus Keeper Free

Focus Keeper helps you keep your productivity high avoiding burnout using the timer. Work with time. Not against it!

EasyBib

Automatic works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles.

Joomag

Joomag is a FREE service for creating digital interactive content, including digital magazines, photo albums, catalogs and e-books. All this is possible right from the website using our innovative online editing tool.

Zotero

Zotero is a powerful, easy-to-use research tool that helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources and then share the results of your research.

Readability

Readability is a web and mobile app that zaps online clutter and saves web articles in a comfortable reading view.

Mendeley

Easily organize your papers, read & annotate your PDFs, collaborate in private or open groups, and securely access your research from everywhere.

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

Download free Acrobat Reader DC software, the only PDF viewer that lets you read, search, print, and interact with virtually any type of PDF file.

Plagiarism Checker X

Check your content with Plagiarism Checker X. A special software for Students, Teachers and Professionals to find the duplicate content.

Hemingway Editor

Hemingway App is a program that highlights common text errors. You can use it to catch wordy sentences, adverbs, passive voice and complicated words. If you see a yellow highlight, shorten the sentence or split it. If you see a red highlight, your sentence is so dense and complicated that your readers will get lost trying to follow its meandering, splitting logic — try editing this sentence to remove the red.

Kwout

Kwout is a way you quote a part of a web page as an image with an image map and embed your quoted content directly into a blog post with and active hyperlink to the source. To use this service, all you need is to add our bookmarklet to your favorite browser.

Instapaper

A simple tool for saving web pages to read later on your iPhone, iPad, Android, computer, or Kindle.

Orwell App

Polish and improve your writing everywhere you communicate online. Make your writing bold and clear. This app highlights complex sentences, adverbs, passive voice and possible simplifications in any web page.

Creative Writer

Let the writers help you write. Recycle texts from books, lyrics, movies — combine words into something new, original and beautiful. Creative Writer delivers language expressions for your writing sessions taken from actual books: best-selling novels, literary geniuses, traditional and modern poetry, movies, TV series, song lyrics, hip-hop, gangsta RAP and other sources.

Writer

Used by over 800,000 writers, Writer is the coolest, fastest, distraction-free writing app around. It's just you and your words.

FOLD

A reading, authoring, and publishing platform allowing storytellers to structure and contextualize stories.

1 thought on “Apps for Writing and Blogging”

  1. Dr Taylor, I really appreciate your bundle of useful writing apps, thank you for your time you’ve spent and efforts that you’ve made to create this.

    Are you updating your list from time to time? In my opinion, you can add Power Thesaurus (https://www.powerthesaurus.org/) and Unplag (https://unplag.com) to the list. The first is created by writers and authors, and will be helpful for students’ vocabulary development. The second is a plagiarism detector with a real-time Internet check. It will help your students to find their own unique writing style and be academically honest with their writing.

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