Here is my compilation of tools to help writers write:
Write or Die– This online site provides a tool to provoke you to write in ‘freewriting’. Settings include word count, time, but the fun part is consequences. You can choose between spiders, grumpy cat, and a few others. Alarms include alarming and cacophony.
Chapter-by-Chapter is a free program that words with OpenOffice or MS Word to sort documents. I like having my chapters in a single document, and this programs let’s me find/replace but also compile them together into a single manuscript.
Grammarly.com is a browser extension (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) and provides grammar checking when you type anywhere in the browser. This includes hints to corrections as well so you learn how to write properly. They also have Grammarly for MS Office.
Paperrater.com is an online service to check grammar but also includes spelling and plagiarism. Readability statistics, passive voice detection, and more are also included for submission of up to 5 pages for the free version.
Visuwords.com works much like a Thesaurus, but visually. This online free service uses a bubble/mind map interface. Type in a word and see what other words pop up.
Word to Pages helps the self-published author find out how many pages their manuscript has based on words, size font, and page size.
OpenOffice.org is free Office suite software compatible with the MS Office suite of programs. It includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, 3D drawing, and database.
Google Drive includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, forms, maps, and even click-and-build web sites. This is a free online service that offers many add-ons to each service such as CloudConvert (to change file formats), auto-bibliography, translate, table of contents, and speech recognition. This is just what I found for the word processor.
Coffitivity.com is a site that provides ambience of a cafe to help you write. I use this myself since music can often distract me when writing certain non-fiction. This is free.
Add in comments your favorite tools to write. I’ll be posting in the future the best books for an author’s library.