15 Best Free Content Writing Tools to Improve Your Writing

Check out the 15 best free content writing tools that can help you craft better content more easily and become a world-class writer.
Srdjan Stojadinovic
September 28, 2022

Creating high-quality content every day can sometimes feel like a real battle.

Just because you write every day, it doesn’t mean that you can do it mechanically

It is still a long process requiring much brainstorming and research to craft the article everyone would love to read.

That’s why many writers fail to deliver high-quality articles, making their content fall into disrepair.

And to prevent that, getting a small help from content writing tools here and there might give your content a huge push.

In today’s article, we’ll show you the best free content writing tools that can help you craft better content more easily and become a world-class writer.

So, let’s dive in!

What are Content Writing Tools?

Content writing tools are all software that helps writers research the topics they are writing about, create content, and improve their writing before publishing it in front of the readers.

These tools are helping you make your text more engaging, unique and to be better in every aspect.

There are plenty of them, and they are as diverse as the writing itself.

Despite their vast number, we can divide them into different categories:

  1. Free research content writing tools
  2. Free SEO content writing tools
  3. Free grammar and editing content writing tools
  4. Miscellaneous content writing tools

Free Research Content Writing Tools

Every beginning is hard. The same is true if you are about to start writing your blog or article.

Where to find ideas?

Where to check if they are worth pursuing?

Where to find out more about the topic you will cover?

Luckily for you, many free content writing tools can help you with that. 

1. Answer the Public

Answer the Public is a great tool that helps you pick the best topic.

The process is simple: you just enter a keyword and you end up with the results relevant to your topic.  

If you type for example “content writing”, you’ll get 72 questions, 54 prepositions, and 200 alphabetical entries.

Not only do you get suggestions, but you also get an insight into what is currently the most popular.

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What does it mean? It means that your content is audience-targeted.

2. Google Trends

Google Trends is a great software to check which topics are hot at the moment.

You can check the current trends which is super helpful. 

This is just a part of what you will get if you type “content writing”.

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There is no point in writing about something which isn’t IN, which hardly anyone would like to read about.

You can set your parameters to include a particular region or choose worldwide.

You also get a list of related topics and queries. 

3. Google Alerts

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It is an excellent source of inspiration for any content writer.

You can subscribe for free for as many topics as you wish.

It will get those creative juices flowing and supply you with more ideas for your next blog.

What’s best, you get it directly into your mailbox. 

4. Blog Ideas Generator

It is challenging to come up with new ideas every time you write.

This is especially so if you write only in one industry and you get the feeling that you just depleted all your resources.

Hubspot’s Blog Ideas Generator enables you to look for fresh ideas on the same topic.

It shows you the same topics but from a different perspective.

Sometimes just a slight change of focus is what you need. Again, if you type “content writing” you get A week of blog ideas and A year of blog ideas.

You can unlock the latter by providing your personal info. 

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5. BuzzSumo

What sets BuzzSumo apart from its competitors is that it provides extra information about social media engagement.

In other words, it shows you the number of shares and which topics people shared the most. 

Now it’s high time to move on to our second category:

Free SEO content writing tools

You may create brilliant and mind-boggling content, but for it to reach a bigger audience you need to think about SEO requirements. It remains the fact that the majority of content writers don’t like to wrestle with SEO. It is a bit of a creativity killer. 

Depending on your needs, you can choose from many free SEO tools. Here, we will cover a few that caught our eyes.

1. TextCortex

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TextCortex is an AI content writing tool that helps you create your content by going from a 5-word idea to a full paragraph and even a long-form article in a single click.

Whether you are just starting out as a content writer or you want to improve your productivity, TextCortex lets you transform your ideas into engaging content.

Why use this content writing tool? 

With TextCortex’s use-case module-based writing assistant, you can save 70% of your time by creating 3x as many long-form articles as the GPT-3-based writing tools. 

TextCortex trains its writers with 3 billion of sentences to create unique and non-repetitive content that engages with readers. 

Using it, you can create long-form posts, rewrite content, create ad copies, story writings, cold and follow-up emails, and so on. 

How to use it? 

1. First, what you need to do to transform your ideas into an article is download the TextCortex extension.

What’s great is that you don’t need to open any separate app to create your article.

2. Just write your thoughts within any textbox online(i.e., Google Docs, Medium, Notion, and so on), highlight them, and then hit the “Long-form post” button to see the magic.

TextCortex will generate different versions of output for you, so just choose the one that fits you best.

On the other hand, you can easily rewrite any part of your content by simply highlighting it and hitting the “Rewrite” option.

Choose the output that goes best within the context, and you're ready to go.

Premium version

TextCortex comes with a free plan including 15 daily creations and the 2 paid plans:

2. Google Analytics

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This useful SEO tool is for content writers who have their websites. 

As the name suggests, Google Analytics analyzes data on your website in terms of traffic and performance. 

This way you can see areas in which your website can improve. Although it’s not a content writing tool, it gives you a clear insight into what kind of content your audience loves to read.

This can help you streamline your efforts in creating content for your audience.

3. SEMrush

Although the free version offers limited options compared to its paid one, it is still useful when you are searching for the right keywords.

The image below shows the data you get.

You can type up to 10 words per day in the free version.

The results that you get cover aspects like volume, global volume, keyword difficulty, SERP analysis, related keywords, etc.

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Not only SemRush is great for keyword research, but you can also find a keyword and content gaps within your competitors and create content to outclass them.

Free Grammar and Editing Content Writing Tools

Free content writing tools that help you with grammar corrections, editing and suggestions are a must.  In the online waters of free content writing tools, the few below are our top picks.

1. Grammarly

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There is nothing wrong with using grammar and spelling tools as an aid.

An added bonus is that apart from checking your text, you will also get suggestions on how to tweak it and make it more comprehensible and polished.

Another benefit is that these suggestions pop up while you are writing so you can immediately attend to them. 

2. Hemingway Editor

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This tool analyzes the input text and checks for the red flags in writing.

What are some of the red flags: overusing of passive, too long sentences, weak words, etc.

The ultimate goal of this editor is to make your writing clear, up to the point and more concise.

You can call it Grammarly of editing.

It focuses more on the style of your text. It suggests ways you can alter necessary parts to have high readability. 

When it comes to scoring, the lower the grade, the better.

Lower grades mean that a wider audience will be able to read and understand your writing.

As a rule of thumb, you should aim below the 10th-grade reading level.

3. Cliche Finder

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It is hard to be original if you have been writing in one industry for a long time.

Without even noticing, we all tend to fall into the trap of repeating ourselves.

Cliche Finder is like a breath of fresh wind when you are struggling to come up with some new phrase or word.

It recognizes the word in question and offers alternatives. It is enough to spark up your creativity.

It is borderline impossible to list all the free content writing tools out there. It is also so hard to choose and categorize them accordingly.

Last but not least is our Miscellaneous category.

Miscellaneous Content Writing Tools

Some tools either don’t fit into the above-mentioned categories, or they overlap.

It is the most practical to label them as miscellaneous.

There are some gems among them for sure.

1. Plagiarism Checker

One of the main characteristics of any piece of content is to be original.

It is perfectly ok to use inspiration from other resources but what you eventually put down on “paper” must be yours.

This isn’t only important for the sake of writing, but also from a legal point of view.

Plagiarism Checker comes to aid to save you from the legal hassle and potential embarrassment. 

You can type in a text or upload a document.

Other plagiarism checkers worth checking (no pun intended) are: Duplichecker, Quetext, and Grammarly.

2. Coschedule

Headlines are there to make the first impression. And the first impression is everything.

Writers often struggle to come up with compelling headlines. It is hard to capture somebody’s attention in just a few words.

This is why vague titles aren’t such a good option. 

Coschedule is a title analyzing tool that raises headlines a few notches higher.

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Added benefits are that it also suggests the right word balance, emotional impact on a reader, readability, and clarity.

3. Evernote

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This is a very versatile app.

It is a combination of an organizer and a draft

It is like  Asana meets Google Docs.

You can keep track of your assignments and to-do list.

You can of course write blog drafts, take notes and attach images and PDFs. 

4. White Noise

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One of the appeals of working remotely is that you can work from pretty much any place that has an internet connection.

The downside is that outdoor places can get too noisy and distracting. 

Not every type of noise is bad, though.

Some studies state that a certain amount of white noise is actually quite beneficial. It makes us productive and focused.

There are a few apps that tackled this phenomenon:

  • Coffitivity came with a nice solution. You can choose from various themes depending on your mood.  As the name suggests, everything revolves around coffee shops. The app is good for writers who get inspired by the everyday sounds of people’s murmur and clattering of coffee cups. Three themes are free. There is also a desktop version for Apple. You can also find Coffitivity on Soundcloud.
  • Noisli went one step further. In the Free Plan, you get 16 sounds and 1.5 hours per day of streaming. There are 3 curated playlists and you can save up to 5 favorites. This app is fun if you like combining different sounds and being creative. It is less “noisy” than Coffitivity. It is for those of you who are into more ambient, natural, and tranquil themes.
  • Rainymood: the name says it all. This one is for people who find their inspiration in the rain pattering. It is quite relaxing and soothing. Their free version is cloud-based.

Wrapping It Up

Taking a single pick among so many free content writing tools is tough.

The bottom line is that some of them are universal, but some of them are more specific. 

Which one will work best for you depends on many factors: your needs, industry, and the purpose of your content.

The content you provide needs to hit your target audience, be meaningful, provide value, and educate. 

That’s why we developed TextCortex - to take away 70% of the work you put into writing articles.

This tool can greatly supplement your content writing team, so you can easily automate the whole content production process.

Not only can you create content at scale, but you can also save a lot of time and money. 

It’s time to stop overthinking your content, reduce time spent writing, and instead focus on what’s expressing your products, services, and passions the best.

While you focus on business, let your content write itself using TextCortex.

Download the TextCortex Chrome extension, and see how your content production skyrockets instantly.

Your AI partner is ready to (re)write content.

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