Blogging is not just writing, I know. But, there’s nothing without content.
Well, in my earliest days of blogging, writing is not just so simple for me. Those were days when most of the comments I get were pointing out my mistakes. And getting more clients to my freelance business was just a myth. I know, there are a lot of bloggers who having the passion of writing, but couldn’t properly execute the content; mostly because of the poor grammar skills or lack of writing practices.
In the last few months, I’ve come across many tools for writers, which really help in bringing out the writer side of you. As I said, it almost took me years to be what I’m today. I am surely thankful to all such tools which made me productive, corrected my poor grammar and a few others which developed the habit of writing in me.
What else can be a better topic to post for today? If you are looking to develop your writing skills; continue reading.
One of the best sites to develop the habit of writing every day. On 750Words, all you have to do is- write 750 words every day without fail. The site also offers a little challenge for the users at the very beginning of each month. You can take up the challenge and keep it going for the whole month. While signing up, it asks you to fill out a couple of fields- If I succeed, I will ________ and If I miss a day or more, I will _______. This will keep you focussed on the challenge and you can also set up email notifications, so that you won’t miss it for the day.
I recently got the result for this January’s challenge and you know, only 366 people could complete the challenge. So, are you ready for the next month’s challenge?
Sometimes, even the most experienced will commit silly mistakes, unknowingly. This is quite a commonly seen thing with most of the writers and bloggers. Ginger Software is a free tool for desktops, browsers which helps you a lot in proofreading. It corrects grammar mistakes, spelling mistakes and other simple mistakes. And, if you completely frame a wrong structure of a sentence, only you can help yourself.
Just like Ginger Softwares, Grammarly has been another great tool which works much better than the former. In Ginger, it can correct only to an extent , whereas in Grammarly, it points out each and every mistake of your article and makes it perfect in all terms. It checks for plagiarism in the text, spelling mistakes, terminology, writing style, punctuation and what not! It also gives you an overall score for your article. If you can afford a little price to boost the quality of your articles, don’t look back.
Distractions are all around you. While writing, Facebook, YouTube and few other addictions can totally take you away from work. ZenWriter creates a distraction free work area where you can’t simply open another application while writing. It also has a simple music that plays in the background along with a beautiful wallpaper.
Though, there are many other alternatives for this software, I still use NotePad to write (Don’t ask me why ).
You might already know this. Pomodoro is a technique where you are supposed to work for twenty-five continuous minutes without a break. After the session, you can take a break , come back and repeat the same. This will keep you focussed on the work without any distractions. It also comes with a twenty-five minute countdown timer, so that you are kept notified with the remaining time.
After I’ve started using this, I became more productive and this entire post is written in 25 minutes. Really!
At most times, finding an alternate word becomes harder as you get. Thesaurus helps you in this case. Find synonyms/antonyms of English words, so that you can churn up your words and add a style to it, make it professional.
What else can teach you better? We have Brian Clark, Seth Godin, Jeff Goins and many more great writers on the web. Read their blogs. Subscribe to their list. They do send a lot of exciting stuff via emails. I’ve personally been a great fan of three of them.
Even when you have the best grammar checking tool, you should at least know the basics and formats of writing. So, start reading weblogs very often and soon, you’ll see the change in your writing. Here are some blogs which you shouldn’t miss.
How about mine?
By the way, if you know any such tools for writers, please do help our readers though comments.