I am by no means a professional writer. However, I do a lot of things to make my life easier and for those of you just starting out or maybe just starting up again, I wanted to give you some quick tips to improve your writing.
Grammarly saves my life continuously. I am not an editor and one of my biggest problems is that I make a lot of grammatical errors. I struggle with run-on sentences and a lot of misspellings. Currently, I only use the free version of Grammarly but I can see that it has improved my writing. Also, for the longest time WordPress wouldn’t let you put something in the blog post editor from Microsoft Word (I think they’ve fixed it now). So, I started using Grammarly for my short story posts just because I couldn’t use Word. However, I think Grammarly is so much better than the built-in editor for Word.
One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the editor for WordPress isn’t necessarily ready for Grammarly. So, make sure to type the corrections instead of clicking the corrections. Also, when you type the paragraph into the block make sure to go onto the next block and check on it at the end.
This is by far my favorite app and I highly suggest it to absolutely everyone.
Okay, so this is a weird one but hear me out. Basically, you catch most of your errors when you hear your work, usually, it’s better if someone reads it aloud to you. Most of us can only really beg our friends and family to read maybe a paragraph or two if anything so here’s where Google Translate comes in. Google Translate is great when you’re in a public place because you can just put your headphones in and listen.
I usually just do this for particular paragraphs I am struggling with since it’s kind of hard to actually throw the entire story in there. Then I just put it English to English and play the sound so I can hear a mostly monotone version of what was written.
I’ve also heard that there is a way to do this with Google Docs but honestly, I haven’t been able to get it to work. If you all can figure it out and get it to work, that works as well. Honestly, anything that can read the words to you that won’t skip over things you miss.
I hope these two quick tips help you! Have any other tips for writers? Make sure to leave them in the comments. Want to check out more resources for writers? Check out the Writer’s Corner by clicking here.