Web 2.0 tools make it possible for both professional and non-professional writers to improve their work in terms of content, organization, style, grammar and spelling. Finding information is quick and easy and sharing of ideas is simply at the tips of their fingers.
A computer and an Internet connection is all you need. There are many developers that offer free, interactive tools writers can use to develop and expand their work. Web 2.0 tools definitely enrich a writer’s body of work.
- Research using Web 2.0 tools. Many of the Web 2.0 sites are rich with information that you can use as basis for any topic under the sun. Scholarpedia, Wikipedia, Squidoo and About.com are only a few of the many you can find. Contributors make these sites possible. But a word of caution: don’t just use one site when doing research. Verify the contents by using different sites. Some sites have elaborate research tools compared to others.
- Use Web 2.0 sites for grammar and spell checking. Some spell and grammar checking features of popular word processing software can’t seem to catch all the errors. So just to be sure, make use of Web 2.0 grammar and spell check tools. Definr and Gramlee can help you out. According to Gramlee, professional editors check blogs, emails, short stories, novels, college papers and more for spelling, grammar, brevity, punctuation, style, readability, structure and more. Do note that Gramlee charges a fee for their service.
- Work on your documents online. In today’s mobile world, the ability to open your written work from any desktop, laptop or mobile device with Internet access is important to many writers and non-writers alike. A number of Web 2.0 tools allow online document creation, editing, saving and sharing. This means you don’t really have to bring around a storage device. Zoho Writer and Google Docs are two free Web 2.0 tools that you can employ. If you are used to Microsoft Word, then you won’t have a difficult time using these two tools. What’s more, Zoho Writer and Google Docs are free. Your documents can be saved in folders, downloaded to your physical storage media, shared via email or published over the Web. Don’t forget to check out the spreadsheet tools and presentation tools of both Zoho and Google Docs.
- Try Web 2.0 tools for clipping and saving. You can now clip screenshots you find useful from other websites. Some of the more popular tools of this type are Evernote, ClipClip, Clip2Net and Kwout. Creating, clipping and sharing notes over the Internet are made possible through the use of Evernote. Kwout gives you the ability to cut a part of a webpage. You can even capture movie scenes.
- Hone your content writing skills. A number of sites are geared for content writers. HowToDoThings, Associated Content, Helium and Mahalo are just a few of the many places where various types of informative articles are welcome. Contributions are greatly encouraged and earnings from advertising are shared among the writers.
The Web 2.0 tools are interactive and help writers improve the content as well as the quality of their work. Before you decide to stick to a set of Web 2.0 tools, make sure you have tried the others out. Each tool has its own strengths and shortcomings. Find tools that you believe can best help in your writing needs.