A spreadsheet can be the perfect sidekick to your writing app, helping you compile research or organize an outline. It’s already your go-to for tables and charts—if numbers are involved, a spreadsheet’s the tool for the job.
But they go beyond digits: Spreadsheets can also be a simple way to craft HTML, format links in Markdown, translate text, clean up copy, or perform any other bulk text editing task where you just might need a bit of automation help.
I’ve used Google Sheets spreadsheets as a writing sidekick for years, from managing editorial calendars to organizing research for articles to assembling tool comparison charts. This post offers some of the best ways I’ve found for a spreadsheet to help you write faster and publish more efficiently.
- Maintain an Editorial Calendar
- Build Detailed Outlines
- Import Data From Websites and Feeds
- Identify and Translate Text
- Format Text Automatically
- Combine Text from Cells
- Create Linked Text
- Display Images From a URL
- Write HTML Code
- Publish Your Spreadsheets