Written by Nancy Coleman (Editor in Chief at Write My Paper Org)
Although it is rarely touted as such, Mac is a faithful writing companion. And, it is not just because it looks cool. Both established and aspiring authors use Mac for channeling their creative energies and creating immersive literary worlds. One can take their Apple machine on vacation or tote it into a classroom. There is something about its portability – it just feels right. If you also enjoy writing on Mac, consider these useful tools that will make your creative sessions more pleasant and productive.
Apple Pages is a versatile text editor you can use for crafting bite-sized essays or even weighty novels. It is an easy-to-use app, which allows you to write documents, create charts and tables, and even export your written materials to formats such as EPUB and PDF. Apple Pages also can be set to check minor spelling errors, which makes for clean writing. To turn the function, click on the Apple menu, proceed to the System Preferences and then click on the Keyboard. Click the Text in the Keyboard menu and select the Correct spelling automatically option in the window that opens. Now, you don’t have to worry about embarrassing misspellings.
Basically, it is a Swiss army knife of writing software. It doesn’t matter whether you are trying your hand at academic writing or churning out blog posts for a living, you will like it.
If you want to have the best of both worlds, you can install MS Office on your Mac. And to preempt an obvious question – yes, it is possible. MS Office has gained considerable traction among business world writers. It is an industry heavyweight whose indisputable advantage in the creation of spreadsheets and presentations is recognized by many. Just like Apple Pages, MS Office has a real-time collaboration feature, which is infinitely useful for students working on collective lab reports and research projects. Although Apple’s text processor is a whole lot easier to use than its Microsoft counterpart, the latter provides you with more tools and, hence, more creative freedom.
If you are a student who writes quite a bit but doesn’t want to pay for fancy software, try Google Docs. It is a great alternative to common writing apps you are probably using. It is free, cross-platform, and extremely mobile. By using its lesser-known features such as browser integration, you will have wide latitude to pursue any creative twists and turns you want. Just type doc.new in your Safari or Chrome browser and a new Google Doc will instantly pop up on your screen.
Similarly, key in sheet.new, form.new, or slide.new to work with sheets, forms, or slides. That’s pretty convenient, isn’t it? The coolest thing about Google Docs is that it saves every single change you make. Even if you lose your Internet connection, the writing software will save your progress and sync it later. All you have to do is write.
I think you’ll agree with me when I say that there is no place for grammar errors in a college paper. The same applies to novels, short stories, and just about anything you write. Unfortunately, even smart people make grammar errors. For this reason, you absolutely have to try Grammarly. Use it for once, and you won’t be able to live without it. Short of hiring a professional editor/proofreader, there is no better way to polish your texts than to use Grammarly. The tool allows quickly catching common and lesser-known grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation errors. It also provides valuable feedback on one’s writing style and even allows its users to adjust it based on their writing goals. Just indicate your audience, intent, and emotion you aim to evoke, and Grammarly will quickly amend your copy.
Now that you’ve taken care of your basic writing needs let’s get to more advanced writing tools. Nobody will enjoy reading your novels if they are riddled with overused expressions. Luckily, there is Cliché Finder, which is a free web tool, you can use to banish insipid metaphors and similes from your writings. Just paste your text in the window and hit the Find Clichés button. The tool will instantaneously highlight everything that doesn’t belong in your inspiring prose.
Hemingway is often praised for his minimalistic, declarative writing style. If you also want to produce similar, no-nonsense prose, use Hemingway Editor, which is a standalone tool for improving one’s writing style. Use it to detect the presence of gratuitously flowery verbiage, hard to read sentences and passive voice in your papers. The tool has several color codes, which makes it easy to spot and remove any redundancies from your text, thereby making it forceful and clear. Another interesting feature of the editor is the ability to publish directly to WordPress and Medium. By using this feature, you can forget about annoying copy-pasting between different editors and concentrate on your writing.