What are the essential tools for a writer?

We live in a world where businesses are embracing digital and content writers have to leverage the same.

Now, if you conduct a 10 minutes research, you may notice the ever-expanding list of tools.

Ideally, for professional growth, I would advise that a content writer should avoid the excess use of tools.

So, which are the essential tools that a writer can use? The answer depends on the work-flow.

Many content writers work as freelance professionals or as full-time employees, there is always management of tasks involved.

Considering management and writing, the essential tools can be covered in the following two categories:

  • Management – Calendar / project management system / kanban
  • Writing – Rich-text editing software with team collaboration capability

Management:

  • Google Calendar
  • Trello
  • Asana
  • Google Sheets

Writing:

  • Google Docs
  • Microsoft Word Online

Last but not the least, consider the work-flow of a freelance content writer.

A freelance content writer may need to send invoice/receipts. To do so, tools that can generate invoices are needed. Two important tools to generate invoices are QuickBooks and FreshBooks.

There are more tools available for a writer that can be added in the list. As mentioned earlier, the selection of tools depend on work-flow.

For example, if a writer is required to publish a blog, then WordPress or any content management system might be needed as well.

Suggestion – Grammarly is a feature-rich tool for writers. However, one should avoid it as a writer should have good understanding of grammar and proofreading. For people who are learning the art of content writing, don’t use Grammarly at all as it will only delay the growth.

Overcoming writer’s block

“Sir, I’m not able to start the article”.

I’ve heard this sentence many times. My usual reply was, “You need to understand this topic. Then you’ll be able to write”.

On the Internet, one may find many articles on overcoming writer’s block.

In many articles, writer’s block is defined as a condition that a writer may face before starting an article or creation of any other marketing asset.

Well, there is only half truth in the above sentence.

Writer’s block is actually a person’s creative inability to generate more ideas.

And the same can happen at any point while writing content – starting, in between, or before concluding.

So, now the question is, how can one overcome writer’s block?

The most common tip would be just continue writing and eventually, the writer may overcome this condition.

However, doing so can be mentally tiring and may affect the mood as well as energy at workplace.

The easiest way for content writers to overcome this condition is by using Google and checking at-least 5 relevant references.

While doing so, one should create notes during the research phase.

While creating notes, a writer should consider three goals:

  • Language – different vocabulary for b2b and b2c audience
  • Ideas – Anything that can improve the readability or add quality information for the reader
  • Pain points – All about people and their problems

After spending a couple of hours in the research phase, observe the notes and ideas may start weakening the writer’s block.

Good luck.