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Word wranglers: 5 apps that make writing easier

Liane Cassavoy | Aug. 13, 2014
Whether you prefer typing or writing by hand, alone or in collaboration, these apps will help you get the words on the page.


iPad; $3

Ask almost any writer what their goal is, and they're likely to tell you it's to be a better writer (or, perhaps, to make more money). Phraseology, a $3 iPad app, isn't likely to pump up your paycheck, but it may help improve your writing, thanks to the feedback it offers. It examines the words you use when you write and highlights various parts of your text, such as nouns, verbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and more, so you can easily spot words and phrases you may have overused. Phraseology also offers an overview of your document, detailing the word count, the number of sentences, average words per sentence, average syllables per word and more. In addition, it shows you where you land on various readability scales, including the Flesch Kincaid scale. If you don't like what you see, Phraseology allows you to move paragraphs and sentences quickly and easily. For me, a writing app has never felt as simple as writing on a PC, but with Phraseology the editing portion at least comes close.


iPad; $1

Like feedback on your writing drafts? Consider WriteRight. This $1, iPad only app serves as a plain text editor and offers support for Markdown, but it really shows its worth when you're composing. You can highlight words or phrases you might like to change, and WriteRight will suggest synonyms, antonyms, or phrases you can substitute. It's not always a perfect tool, but it will offer you a few new options if you're looking to expand your typical writing vocabulary.


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