Six great tools and resources for content creation and designing

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You’ve probably written an article or two, but do you know how to do it better? Maybe you’re struggling with the writing itself or the artistic side?

This could especially be true if English is not your first language and you’re having problems with sentences and/or word spelling. This also applies if you’re not a natural born designer.

There are quite a few options that are available for free and would greatly help you to write your articles and make them look great.

I’ll give you my own favorite list that I tend to use from time to time.

 

Well written articles with correct spelling have a great impact on your readers and make your content stand out.

 

This is so true, as content is king. And without a well-written article, you can’t pick your reader’s interest and expect to grow your audience.

But you’re in luck as thereĀ are quite a few tools that can help you with writing and spell checking. The big 3 that I would suggest areĀ Hemingway, Ginger, and Grammarly.

They are quite similar, but there are some differences. And it’s best to use 2 of them together to make the most of it.

But don’t trust them blindly as those are just automatic tools that can’t fully comprehend and fix your text. This, for example, becomes true if you use correct words, but they are out of context.

A program would just parse the text and would not throw any flags.

So the best approach is to put your text through them, proofread once more and as a final step have someone else to read your article.

 

Well then, off with the tools themselves. Let’s start with the text analyzers.

Hemingway editor

This is a great tool to check your article readability, some grammar errors and alternative suggestions.

It’s also available in a web version right here, which is completely free.

hemingway editor

As you see in the provided example, it will mark text for you that should require some editing.

But do remember not do dumb down your text way too much as you’re writing for humans, and a longer sentence here and there is perfectly normal.

Avoid bulky paragraphs though as they are very hard to read through.

Ginger

This is another great resource for text corrections. Unlike Hemingway, it will not give such insights on article readability.

But instead of that will help you with punctuation, correct spelling and alternative suggestions.

And as I mentioned previously, it’s best to use in combination with Hemingway to make the best of both.

You can get Ginger here. You’ll be able to get it as a chrome extension or application if you prefer. Also, it’s free with a paid plan for extra features.

Grammarly

This is another great grammar check program that can help you with syntax and punctuation errors.

Some might argue, but Grammarly performs sort of better than Ginger and catches more grammar errors. So I’m leaning over to this one rather than Ginger.

But see for yourself which one of these two you prefer more.

Also like others, you can use it completely for free where paid subscription will give you more features.

Get Grammarly here.

 

Well written text is one thing, but it does require some visual enhancements to make it more engaging and eye-catching.

create visuals

 

Content creation is not only about text, but also about visual elements. Plain text can be a little dull, especially if everything is cramped up in big paragraphs.

So, add some stylish visuals and graphics to enhance the information for your readers.

These are my top picks for visuals.

Canva

Canvas simple drag and drop interface will let you start making your own designs, infographics, etc. in a matter of minutes.

This resource is available for free, but you’ll be limited with “free account” designs and graphics.

So in order to get more interesting designs, you’ll need to subscribe to a monthly or annual recurring payment.

It goes for ~13$ per month or less if you choose to pay for the whole year.

You can get it here.

Piktochart

While Canva is great for making lots of visuals, it’s kind of tedious to make infographics with it. That’s where piktochart comes in.

Putting together an infographic here is like saying one, two, three.

If you need to enhance your articles or share such visuals, this resource will help out a lot.

Take a look for yourself right here.

Pixabay

Yes, this might actually not qualify as a resource for writing and designing.

But if you’d need to enhance your article with some quality images, then this is a great place to find free images. Currently holds more than 1.4 million to choose from.

So it’s safe to say you’ll find something of use.

Sure, there are many other places where you can find free images, but it’s a favorite of mine.

Check it out here.

 

This would be my shortlist for content creation. What do you prefer to use and what are your favorites?

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