Writing can be hard. That’s something that every writer and a serious blogger already know. Like it’s not bad enough when you get stuck in writer’s block, there are numberless distractions all around us. And as a writer, you have to concentrate on creating a unique and quality content.
You should take care of the topic, be aware of your sentence structure, watch out for typos, try to keep the reader engaged… Although robots who can write instead of you still don’t exist, there are software tools which can help you a lot. In this case, we’re talking about WordPress plugins which every writer should use.
Without any further ado, here are some of the best plugins for writers who use WordPress on a daily basis.
Although Jetpack can help you with quite a lot, we’re enlisting the plugin here for its spell checking feature. This popular plugin can check your spelling, grammar, and style, both in visual and text editor. With the help of After the Deadline Proofreading technology, this plugin can also help you with cliches, complex phrases, double negatives, hidden verbs, jargon phrases, passive voices and much, much more. Even if you’re a native speaker, this is a must-have plugin for a writer.
WP Super Edit
This little plugin is actually a framework for TinyMCE visual editor. It allows you to redesign your visual editor area – you get to add, remove and rearrange buttons so that you can write more efficiently. Instead of searching for shortcodes from plugins you use, you can now add them directly into a button for quicker access. Add additional text and images options, control links more easily, add CSS classes, and much more.
Peter’s Post Notes
When you’re writing and editing a lot of posts, sooner or later you will start to lose yourself in the sea of articles. That’s when you will need to remind yourself of specific things. Peter’s Post Notes allows you to add notes to each and every post and page that you edit. Simply open the edit post/page and navigate to a sidebar. Here you will find a new area which allows you to add notes to that particular article. Easy as that. If you pair the plugin with Peter’s Collaboration E-mails 1.2 and up, the notes can be automatically sent via email.
When there are multiple authors on your site, you will need Editorial Calendar. This great plugin allows you to see all of the posts and pages in one place, in the form of a calendar. You can quickly see when something is scheduled to be published, you can drag and drop posts to change dates, and you can even edit each of the posts right from the calendar.
If you’re writing longer articles where you have to explain a lot, you might think of adding footnotes to them. Instead of expanding the article by explaining things, you may leave a footnote with the explanation instead. CM Footnotes allows you to do just that. You can customize footnotes, images, styles and citations to your site. The plugin allows you to have multiple footnotes per post/page, and you even get an automatically created list of all footnotes for easier navigation.
Although Distraction-free writing mode in WordPress has overcome some changes and it’s better than never, you still might want to expand its functionality. By installing this free plugin, you will get the opportunity to add additional buttons on top of your page. Now it will be even easier to change paragraph styles or even to access your spell-check options directly from the Distraction-free writing mode.
Good Writer Checkify
Although it hasn’t been updated for more than two years now, this simple plugin can still help you. Good Writer Checkify creates a list of reminders for a writer. After you install the plugin, you get to create a list of things you want to be reminded about. Then the list is displayed under each of your posts where you can put a checkmark on things you have completed. If you want a simple list without checkmarks, you can turn them off easily.