My Top 10 Writing Apps and Tools

Managing Time

Lately, I have been focusing on how I can make the most of the time I have for my blog and writing. It is not easy to schedule everything and keep to that each week. Also, I haven’t fully utilised the breaks I have been taking to completely rest my mind. So, I have been dealing with burn out.

While dealing with this, I have noticed what apps and tools I use in my content creation and social media marketing.

Apps and tools for content creation

1. Canva – I love Canva! It’s free and I can make images the right sizes for blogs as well as social media. There is a paid version but I have no need of it right now. It is simple and easy to use. Sometimes there are bugs and the app doesn’t work but it is usually resolved.

2. Hemingway app – a newbie for me but excellent! It allows you to check your reading level and shows you where you are writing in the dreaded passive voice. It is well worth checking out and it has many nifty checks for your writing. There is a desktop app as well!

3. Nimbus Screenshot – another newbie I found. It is a Google Chrome extension and allows you to record your screen, tabs or parts of the screen! And did I mention, it’s free? It is and it works outside of chrome to record open apps like Powerpoint. I have found it great for recording webinar tutorials.

4. Grammarly – another Google Chrome extension that checks well your spelling and Grammar. It also has a paid version but the free one is enough. It does not integrate with Google Docs, Spreadsheets or Slides. (I’m hoping it will soon!)

5. Notebooks, pens and paper – this is old-school (not tech involved :)). I love writing ideas out and mind-mapping! It stimulates me to create new things and get ideas flowing. I also love it when I am planning for quarterly goals. I colour-code my notebooks for clients, blog post ideas and content related ideas.

6. I use a Google spreadsheet to create a look at each month and what I plan to do. I haven’t stuck to it at all but I’m going to try and do better! It is a great tool if you have a VA (mine is amazing!!) or a team, as everyone can see what is going on.

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A look at the top 10 apps and tools I use in my daily writing @mandyhalgreen

Apps and tools for social media marketing

7. Google Drive – a handy tool to have for freebies and content creation and storage. I enjoy it because I can use it between devices and it will sync up. It has offline capabilities as well. Another plus!

8. Active Campaign – email marketing at its best! I love the ease and simplicity of the app. It looks clean and integrates well with WordPress. It has many nifty triggers and response features and it is amazing for sales funnels! There is a free 14-day trial but it is well worth the small fee and you can scale to pay for what you use!

9. Gmail – having a customised email address is a must for me and Gmail provides that with little fuss. It is a small fee but well worth it!

10. Scheduling apps – I use Tailwind, Hootesuite, Later and Planoly. I am getting into the freedom of scheduling content, but I still enjoy free writing.

So there you have it!

The apps and tools I use to keep my writing going daily.

What apps and tools are you eager to try? Tell me in the comments!

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