Cool Stuff for Every Writer

20 May 2008


There’s tons of cool stuff available for writers on the web these days – some of which you may not even know existed. Listed below are a few of my favorites to help you think, organize, create, manage, and most importantly, write.

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Buzzword: This is a free online word processor from Adobe. It runs just like any other word processor – just through a web processor. As long as you are connected to the internet, you can access your Buzzword documents. Cool features include a “share” button which allows you to share your document for edits with other buzzword users without having to email. Additionally, the same version of the document is available to all viewers no matter what edits are made – a definite plus for documents that go through multiple edits with multiple collaborators.

WriteWith: Just like its name says, this web application allows you to work on documents with others, in one functional program, without having to email. It was designed by two news editors who recognized the need for an efficient program to allow collaborative work and project management. WriteWith lets you upload documents directly to the site, assign tasks to other users, edit docs and see the changes immediately. It even keeps a history of all the edits you’ve made – just in case. This program is great for group projects and is extremely efficient.

Wrike: This project management software will send “to do” reminders to your whole team, create tasks from your email, and will create easy-to-read Gantt charts of project timelines. Also, different parts of the plan can be communicated to employees depending on their parts in the project. It’s a great way to keep your whole team on the same page while offering one, simple collaborative environment. One word – efficient.

Mozy: This program is awesome for copywriters, or any writer for that matter, who must save multiple drafts of multiple projects. The free version of Mozy lets you store up to 2GB of your docs online. This means, if your computer crashes, your office gets struck by lightning, or you simply want to make some room on your hard drive, your documents will always be safe and accessible online.

FreeMind: This is super cool mind mapping software that helps you brainstorm, map out your thoughts, keep track of projects and timelines, and lets you change fonts and colors. Basically, you can organize your thoughts any way you want. Sure, this is a good tool for creative writers, but it’s also great for other types of writers who lack organizational structure otherwise.

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July 18, 2009

Hey thanks a lot for the list of the applications and the review, quite helpful :) Will use these and hope that they will improve my efficiency, but it seems like an amazing collection of programs.... Ive only used Microsoft word so far =


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July 20, 2009

From my point of view, WriteWith is the most useful application from the list. I have been using it for a while and am absolutely satisfied with the way it works.



September 20, 2009

Thanks for the Freemind recommendation. Ive been looking to do some mind mapping, and I hadn't found quite what I was looking for with regard to mind mapping apps. Great resource site overall...thanks GL



September 20, 2009

Thanks Grace! Let us know if you have any suggestions for what you'd like to see on the blog.


Cathy @ 3 at 1 Copying

October 16, 2009

Those are some fantastic bits of software, and for someone like me that is not a huge writer its enough to get me into thinking of becoming one, I like the mind mapping and I think that it will come in handing for other things too, thanks for sharing.:)


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November 3, 2009

We utilize wrike now and love it!


thaddeus @ convert to pdf

November 15, 2009

Thanks for the interesting post. I really like using WriteWith simply because its easy and I am used to it. I look forward to reading more from you in the future.



December 12, 2009

Thanks for the list! More importantly, thank you for the mindmap recommendation. I have been looking for one of these to help me keep organized!


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April 29, 2010

I just checked out FreeMind after reading this article and it has really helped with my writing so far! Thanks for the heads up!



July 27, 2010

You do give an exact information for those who read your articles, this maybe one of those article that most writers have been waiting for. Great work you did here.


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January 19, 2011

For me the best tool for my writing is my mind. I'm not up to speed with all the new tools out there, this little article did make interesting reading and may be its time to take a look and see what else is out there that may enhance my writing experience



February 21, 2011

Writing is simple but tricky. You need to get the attention of the reader's to read your article. Start with a great headline. Avoid using too much Exclamation marks and capital letters. tell a story that suit to the product you offer. Your experiences and expertise makes you a good writer.


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March 24, 2011

I thought MS Word is the only word processor but after having seen Adobe BuzzWord, i feel i should start using it now.



May 2, 2011

Oh really? I'm using MS Word, and I haven't seen Adobe BuzzWord.



May 6, 2011

Seems to be cool tools. Will add more comments once I've actually tested.


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May 9, 2011

Thanks so much for these tips, I have only tried MS word before now, I will be sure to try some of your recommendations!



May 23, 2011

After years of being stuck with MS word, I got to this. Thank you for sharing all these with us. Using any one of them will really call for lots of adjustments, but as you described them, they really are worth the try. Thanks again!


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May 30, 2011

All I've used is MS word up until now, I'm going to give these other programmes a shot. Thanks for sharing!



June 5, 2011

WriteWith sounds good and I have heard of FreeMind, but not used it yet. The rest I need to look into. Thanks for the information.



June 7, 2011

I use WriteWith Jeannie and if you haven't tried it you might want to take it for a test drive. We used Google docs but then based on a business recommendation switched to WriteWith and have never looked back.



June 8, 2011

Great post! I tried Wrike and it's just fabulous! Now I don't have to talk to my writers one bny one and just post their list of to-do's. It's convenient, not to mention very stable.



June 16, 2011

Thanks for sharing those tools, all of which were indeed unknown to me. Since I'm one of those who somehow lack organizational structure I will definitely look into the FreeMind mind mapping software.



June 23, 2011

These look good. Especially WriteWith and Wrike. I tried to print your article out, but could not get it to print right. Don't know if that is on your end or something with my computer.



October 27, 2011

WriteWith sounds good and I have heard of FreeMind, but not used it yet. The rest I need to look into. Thanks for the information.



October 27, 2011

I use WriteWith Jeannie and if you haven’t tried it you might want to take it for a test drive. We used Google docs but then based on a business recommendation switched to WriteWith and have never looked back.



April 3, 2012

I will be using your service soon.


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