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Five Apps You Didn't Know That Can Enhance Your Writing

I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for the next best thing. The truth is that I'm easily distracted when it comes to setting aside time to write, which is probably the truth for most of us.

Let me paint the scene: I sit down at my computer and turn it on. I subconsciously open Spotify and play my favorite playlist. I open Google Docs in a tab, and that's when it hits me: it's just my story and me. And it's terrifying! All I want to do is open another tab and check out Facebook or Twitter.

So, I began hunting for writing applications that will not only better hold my attention, but also help hone my writing style. Here are five of the best writing apps I found that will enhance your writing -- and your attention.

1. ProWritingAid

What is it?

ProWritingAid is the best free writing app out there. It includes a fantastic grammar checker but also goes way beyond grammar checking to help you improve the style and clarity of your writing. The editing tool analyzes your text and highlights a variety of key writing issues, such as overused words, sentence structure, punctuation issues, repeated phrases, consistency, dialogue, pacing and readability. It helps you learn as you edit, making you a stronger writer.


Has a free trial, and then you can purchase it for various prices depending on how long you want it. Varies from $60 to $210.


Offers a Chrome extension, which is cool!

2. FocusWriter

What is it?

Focus Writer will help to create a quiet atmosphere on your computer, perfect for writing without distractions.

Focus Writer is a lightweight basic text writer, designed to be free of the distractions of complex word processing applications. In full-screen mode, there are no toolbars of windows, just a background and your text - so it can help people writing who need to concentrate

Focus Writer can be windowed or full screen, and the ribbon of buttons at the top appears when you mouse over the area.


Free! It is downloadable onto your Windows computer.


It's a simple writing tool and isn't great for editing.

3. Scrivener