- Word Counter - Not only does it count the number of words you’ve written, it tells you which words are used most often and how many times they appear.
- Tip Of My Tongue - Have you ever had a word on the tip of your tongue, but you just can’t figure out what it is? This site searches words by letters, length, definition, and more to alleviate that.
- Readability Score - This calculates a multitude of text statistics, including character, syllable, word, and sentence count, characters and syllables per word, words per sentence, and average grade level.
- Writer’s Block (Desktop Application) - This free application for your computer will block out everything on your computer until you meet a certain word count or spend a certain amount of time writing.
- Cliche Finder - It does what the name says.
- Write Rhymes - It’ll find rhymes for words as you write.
- Verbix - This site conjugates verbs, because English is a weird language.
- Graviax - This grammar checker is much more comprehensive than Microsoft Word, again, because English is a weird language.
Sorry for how short this is! I wanted to only include things I genuinely find useful.
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This is so great. Thanks! There’s a lot of these I hdn’t heard of before and they sound perfect. Here’s a couple more:
Grammarly https://www.grammarly.com/?AT3663=3 - Free to download, it checks the grammar (again much more comprehensively than Word) as you write anything on the internet. That might be a blog post, a Tumblr post or a Wattpad update but it’s super useful.
The Reverse Dictionary http://www.onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml - Can’t think of the perfect word? Try typing in a rough definition to this and seeing what words it comes up with.
Hemingway Editior http://www.hemingwayapp.com/ - This won’t help everyone but if you’re like me and you have a tendency to be overdescriptive this is a lifesaver. It shows you which sentences are too long, where there are too many adverbs and where this is too much passive voice. You don’t have to listen to everything it says (all short sentences for example wouldn’t be any better than all long) but I find it super helpful.
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- Readability Score up there also does word counts & frequency, and in a much clearer way than Word Counter (IMHO)
- Write Rhymes is fun & addictive just to play with!
- Graviax works well, but is a command-line utility, not a Windows program. Give this one a pass unless you’re comfortable working with cmd.exe
And a bonus tool:
TinySpell - A freeware pop-up dictionary that lives in your toolbar. Never be without spellcheck in any program or screen!
I really, really need to add FocusWriter to this list. It’s free, (but you can give a Tip if you want) it’s fast, it’s small, it’s customizable, and it’s basically a Distraction-Free Writing Environment. It’s my main writing environment and it has replaced Word/OpenOffice quite effectively.
wordcounter.net is even better. Not only does it count your words, characters, and keyword density (or most-often used words), but it ALSO calculates the time it would take to be read and spoken, what reading level someone would have to be to understand your writing, as well as average word length, number of lines, longest sentences, syllables, and number of pages, all of which are not default but can be activated in the upper right side menu. So basically it’s at least 2 of these tools in one!
Also, it SAVES WHAT YOU’VE WRITTEN without you making any sort of account. I use it for college essays all the time and every time I open it up again my old essay is still there. Blew my frickin mind.
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