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05-04-2016

5 Free tools that can help you beat writer’s block

You’re sitting at your desk, staring at your computer screen and your mind seems to be empty. It can be a serious struggle: writer’s block. Especially when you have to get things done. A long walk, an interesting conversation or a good night’s sleep can boost your creativity. But sometimes you simply don’t have time for such a break. For those moments, I have set out some free tools which can help you get new ideas to write about.



1. Buzzsumo

Buzzsumo is a tool that analyzes what content performs best for any topic or competitor. The tool allows you to discover the most shared content across all social networks and run detailed analysis reports. You can find influencers in any topic area, review the content they share and amplify. You can also get content alerts, so you will be the first to see content that includes your keyword, or when an author or publisher posts new content. In the tool, you can search for 2 keywords per day for free. Do you fancy more features? You can get a free trial for 14 days and decide to get a paid subscription if it works for you.

2. Issuu

Issuu is a publishing platform which enables anyone with digital content to upload it on the platform. It’s a place where readers and creators of content come together. The platform covers a wide range of subjects such as fashion, sports, food, business and many more. Once you created a free account, you can search 25+ million publications by title, topic or keyword. A nice place for writers to find some inspiration!

3. Quora

Quora is a website on which people from all over the world share knowledge. Quora’s mission is to bring together people with different perspectives so they can understand each other better. On the website, you can select the subjects in which you are interested and follow them to discover the most interesting answers to questions related to those fields. Reading about particular subjects from different perspectives can bring up new ideas.

4. Your inbox

Your own inbox can be a great place to get new ideas. Did your readers send you emails with questions or remarks? Maybe you can write an article about it. And did your friends and family read your publication before you published it? They are probably more honest with you than anyone else and their comments can be worth a lot.

5. GIMP

A well written text comes with an appealing image. Free stock photo’s can be a nice solution, but it happens many times that these photo’s are not exactly what you are looking for. For these situations, there is the free tool GIMP. GIMP is a free Adobe Photoshop-like tool that is fairly easy to use. From now on, creating and editing stunning visuals are things you can do yourself. Next time you suffer from writer’s block, take a break from writing and start designing the visuals that will go with your text. After designing and being creative, you might have some new ideas for your story.

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Jolien

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