Storytelling has always been a significant part life. Digital media now combines tradition with technology and allows you to tell stories through voice, text, images, audio, and video.

There’s something about having a space that’s properly yours, potentially free from the distractions of a billion adverts and countless competing status updates.

If you are thinking about sharing your thoughts online, you will find these free tools useful. For those who are already writing, some of these free writing tools will make your work a lot easier.

Writing

1. Hemingway: An app that helps you write better.

2. Grammarly: A smart grammar checker.

3. ZenPen: The minimal writing tool of web.

4. Draft: Easy version control and collaboration

Hemmingway

Blogging

5. Medium: Medium is a great writing and collaboration tool, and can be an excellent place to get your writing in front of lots of people.

6. Ghost: Blogging and Publishing. Free. Open. Simple.

7. WordPress: The good old WordPress powers millions of sites.

8. Quora: Quora is a Q&A website where questions are created, answered and edited. You can also use it for blogging.

9. Tumblr: Tumblr feels a bit like a half-way house between WordPress and Twitter.

10. Svbtle: Similar to Medium in approach.

11. Postach.io: Evernote powered blogging platform.

Medium

Getting paid

12. Beacon: Crowdfunding great journalism

13. Kickstarter: Everyone knows what Kickstarter is — but it can be a powerful way to support great journalism

14. Deeper: Another journalism crowdfunding site

15. Cont3nt: Like a distributed newswire

16. Invoice to me: Free Invoice Generator.

17. Book in a box: Book writing and publishing as a service.

BEACON

Staying organized

18. Trello: An easy, visual way to track the stories your team is working on

19. Editorial Calendar: See all your posts, drag & drop to manage your blog.

20. Dropbox: Dropbox keeps your files safe, synced, and easy to share.

21. Sunrise: A great calendar app

22. Slack: The best chat app, for keeping in touch with your whole team

23. Rapportive: See people’s LinkedIn profiles right inside Gmail.

24. Evernote: Bring your life’s work together in one digital workspace

Trello


Video

25. Meerkat: Tweet live video

26. Periscope: Explore the world through someone else’s eyes

27. Vine: Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way.

28. WeVideo: The leading online video creation platform for video editing, collaboration, and sharing across any device.

Periscope

Images

29. Canva: Super simple graphic design tool.

30. Pixlr: Pixlr Editor is a robust browser photo editor.

31. Kraken: Image optimization

32. Unsplash: Free, beautiful, high-resolution photos that you can do anything you want with.

Canva